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I just installed Ubuntu 12.04. I have Windows XP SP3, 2 GB RAM, 1 TB HDD. I did everything that says that I should. I made swap partition and everything. Though, it didn't ask me if I want to import data from xp to Ubuntu while it was installing. In the end, it said that everything installed successfully.

Then it rebooted it itself, it said in tutorial that if Windows start first, it is not big of a deal. I rebooted it again and againg Windows started. I read somewhere that I should hold SHIFT while booting so that GRUB menu start, but it didn't. I also went to BIOS and made a first boot device a HD that Ubuntu is on. NOTHING!

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Which tutorial you were reading? – Braiam Mar 15 '14 at 13:31
This one:… – VPCCP Mar 22 '14 at 9:38
are you aware that that tutorial is 2 years old? – Braiam Mar 22 '14 at 12:47
But it is for Ubuntu 12.04. What is the difference if someone makes it today or someone made it 2 years ago. It is the same version of Ubuntu. I can do everything again, but give me some newer tutorial. Or some tutorial that you made. – VPCCP Mar 22 '14 at 15:35
Simple, those are bound to have misinformation, also, you don't need a tutorial, just following the in-screen instructions and you will be fine. And, that guide wasn't meant for your type of laptop. On the other hand, we would need more information about your disk, like the output of sudo parted --list when you boot from a live CD – Braiam Mar 22 '14 at 15:54

Download the Boot Repair ISO, burn that to a CD, run the automated Boot Repair program. It will take care of everything else. If it doesnt work generete a Super Grub2 Disk CD and in a Ubuntu system try with GNU GRUB in this site:, but dont forget BACKUP FIRST !!!

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I did it Joscastel. I did everything with Boot Repair ISO and set no BIOS boot the Ubuntu partition to load first, and now i says: Error: Device not found. I am starting to get desperate. – VPCCP Mar 22 '14 at 9:36
But the boot from the GRUB CD works for both OS windows and ubuntu or not? – Joscastel Mar 22 '14 at 15:39

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