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comment How is the Ubuntu installation supposed to work?
Well I seem to have increased the number to two!?? And then I made the check mark turn green. Hopefully one of those was correct.
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comment How is the Ubuntu installation supposed to work?
Sorry for the multiple comments but I am doing this on my iPad and it seems to have a mind of its own. I still do not have a handle on why the installer was so tough to use and why I had to force it to do what I thought it was already programmed to do. I will try to research this on my own I guess.
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comment How is the Ubuntu installation supposed to work?
Menu came up I let it boot to Ubantu and it came as well. I am now doing 143 updates. So I guess I am where I expected to be four days ago. Thanks to everyone that posted help. This really is a great place for help. You guys ( and girls?) really know this stuff. My next mission should I choose to accept it is to get WINE installed and working. I am not sure if I am supposed to do something to end this question so if I need to enter something or what ever please advise. Thanks again, Bob D
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comment How is the Ubuntu installation supposed to work?
@mattdavis so the short of it is Ubuntu installed. I went back through my other questions and applied the fixes to obtain the grub menu and did the update grub and then rebooted. The menu appeared and I arrowed to windows xp and it booted just fine into winxp. Then I shut down and restarted and when the grub.
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comment How is the Ubuntu installation supposed to work?
I hope I am not making a conflict, the installs I have been trying to do have been over the past four days. Lots of troubleshooting in between. My first question got "closed" before I got enough information to fix my problems. Apparently I need to ask only one question at a time. It seems the problems I have been facing have been multiple and parts of my questions get only one part but leave me with the rest. I just keep asking hoping to get all the parts solved. If the installer is doing what I asked, it is doing the procedure suggested by Matt Davis to allow grub to be on sda. We will see.
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comment How is the Ubuntu installation supposed to work?
Thanks I am about to try this option and see what happens. I do not like giving up too easy, I know several people that use Linux every day so it must be able to be done. With all of you helping I am sure it will be a success.
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comment How is the Ubuntu installation supposed to work?
The install is sitting with Ubuntu installed from the installer CD. The C drive has a newly created ext4 and swap partition. I had to remove the previous install and partitions to get the computer back where it was before I began this journey. As I stated the installer wants to install the OS on the drive if I just let it do so. I thought it should to on the C drive because it did not work when installed of the D drive. I was waiting to find out what drive the Boot SW should be placed.
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comment How is the Ubuntu installation supposed to work?
Okay sda it is. I will try this again. I am curious as to the behavior of the installer. Is it possible for it to install the Ubantu software on the D drive and make it work? When I let it do this the very first time, I could not access the Ubuntu OS at all. Why would the installer make this choice? I have to assume the coder thought of the possibility that a computer might have more than one drive. As I am very new to this OS I do not understand a lot of what I am doing but I expected a more refined install process than is included with 12.04.01.
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comment grub menu lists windows xp fails to boot
Thanks for your response. I will be perfectly honest with you, I have no idea what to do with your information. I am fairly sure that my motherboard has NVIDIA graphics on it so I will see if Ubuntu knows that it is there. This might improve things. As for the other things such as kernal parameters I do not know what to do with them at this point. Thanks again, Bob
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comment grub menu lists windows xp fails to boot
So here are some results. I downloaded the boot-repair iso and burned it to disk. I booted from it and ran it. No change in booting to Windows XP. I then reboted to the disk again and asked it to repair the mbr. it said it had and I tried to boot to Windows XP again, same result, it tries for a second or two but returns to the boot menu again. I am wondering if it is a problem with Ubuntu grub, or is it a problem with Windows? I think the error message is posted as it returns to the boot menu and notices the graphics was not set or something like that. The graphics error may not be windows.
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comment grub menu lists windows xp fails to boot
I followed your instructions and tried boot-repair from within Ubuntu. The first time it seemed to have crashed the OS as the screen froze and nothing could be done so I forced a reboot. The same boot sequence occurred: Windows tries to boot, error flashes, menu returns. I tried boot-repair a second time this time it did not crash but the reboot was the same. I tried it a third time with an option to repair windows checked and it completed with no crash. The reboot is still the same, Windows XP does not boot from the menu item when selected. Will the live disk offer other options? I will try.
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comment Installed Ubuntu 12.04.01 with Windows XP but lost access to Windows XP
An addition to my last comment is that I thought I was using a Terminal App using the ALT F2, apparently when you do this it does not actually update the grub. In the ALT F2 line the command to alter the grub however did allow me to modify the grub contents and save it. Now that I can actually see the menu there must be something missing. Something that causes the Windows XP software to boot but I have no idea what that might be. It looks like the menu item when selected for Windows goes off to do its thing but apparently when it gets there, something is wrong. The menu returns. Ubuntu is OK.
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comment Installed Ubuntu 12.04.01 with Windows XP but lost access to Windows XP
Okay I was using something I found on the Internet ALT F2. I searched for a Terminal Program and one opened. I tried the fixes again and this time I did see a Windows listed at sda1. SO I rebooted and a menu finally appeared. I also had uncommented the 640 by 480 portion of GRUB thinking that might help. In the menu is the list for Windows but when selected it went blank and then came back to the menu again. It will not boot into the Windows XP.