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The main issue of the problem is that i can't load Ubuntu 12.10 desktop - i386 after install near win7basic (windows 7 was preinstalled on my laptop). I've tried manual reconfiguring of file system, have tried automatic one. also tried to install ubuntu 12.04 - destop - amd64. None of errors were noticed during the installation process. But after install windows 7 starts automatically. seems to me that nothing changed within winloader. I know that not so much info i put in here, but i'll answer any questions.

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  • So you're saying you don't get the option to boot Ubuntu? It just goes straight to Windows?
    – Seth
    Dec 26, 2012 at 16:49
  • Yes. Just like that.
    – andrekk
    Dec 26, 2012 at 16:54
  • Can you give us some hardware information?
    – Seth
    Dec 26, 2012 at 17:00
  • Well. Don't know where to start... Asus n76vz, intel corei7-3610qm, intel 76 chipset... what else?
    – andrekk
    Dec 26, 2012 at 17:06
  • That should be all we need. I think this is a problem with UEFI.
    – Seth
    Dec 26, 2012 at 17:15

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Your problem is that you're attempting to mix BIOS-style and EFI-style booting. Windows 7 is installed in EFI mode, as indicated by the use of a GUID Partition Table (GPT) with an EFI System Partition (ESP) as /dev/sda1 that contains Windows EFI boot files such as EFI/Microsoft/Boot/bootmgfw.efi. Your Ubuntu installation is in BIOS mode, though, as indicated by the presence of GRUB code in the MBR, the presence of a BIOS Boot Partition (/dev/sda5), the lack of any Ubuntu EFI boot loaders in the ESP, and the fact that you attempted to install the i386 version.

The cleanest solution is to wipe your current Ubuntu installation, download an AMD64 version, and install it in EFI mode. Unfortunately, the Ubuntu installer doesn't make it clear that you're running in EFI mode vs. BIOS mode. To make that determination, you should open a shell and look for the directory /sys/firmware/efi. If it's present, you've booted in EFI mode; if it's absent, you've probably booted in BIOS mode. If you boot an AMD64 installer and find that this directory is absent, try again, but use whatever tool your computer offers to select the boot device, and be sure to select the one for your CD or USB flash drive that includes "EFI" or "UEFI" as part of its description.

Another solution is to install my rEFInd boot manager in Windows. Edit the refind.conf file so that the scanfor line is uncommented and includes the hdbios item. rEFInd should then give you boot options for Windows and for a generic BIOS option. The latter should launch GRUB, which in turn will take you to Linux. Using two boot managers complicates the startup process, so it's better to install a 64-bit version of Ubuntu unless you've got a compelling reason to use a 32-bit version. (Such compelling reasons to go 32-bit are rare these days.)

Yet another solution is to use your computer's own boot manager, which you typically access by pressing F2, F8, or some other function key during startup. You should have options to boot Windows in EFI mode or to boot from your hard disk in BIOS/legacy mode. (The exact names used vary from one installation to another.) This is likely to be the most awkward solution in the long run, but you might consider it acceptable, especially if your firmware has a better-than-average boot manager.

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  • Ok, i got it. Fortunately, i've found the right way to solve the problem. Didn't know anything about EFI before today, so thank you for some piece of explanation. Besides, i had one-minute trouble with loading win7 loaders (Invalid EFI filepath error), but somehow this issue was solved by one-time running BootRepair. After that, just as you told, now i'm offered of three or so variants in GRUB. But for now i have no inconvenience with that.
    – andrekk
    Dec 27, 2012 at 4:13
  • Although /sys/firmware/efiexisted, the GRUB didn't show up on reboot. Seems this is not guaranteed to work. Feb 4, 2017 at 18:38
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You didn't install Ubuntu bootloader to MBR.

To restore GRUB follow this link: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RecoveringUbuntuAfterInstallingWindows

If restoring fails, see the first answer: How can I repair grub? (How to get Ubuntu back after installing Windows?)

If it still fails, try again but install GRUB to your Ubuntu partition: if it is in /dev/sda7 enter

grub-install /dev/sda7

and NOT

grub-install /dev/sda

to install, then use EasyBCD and add an entry for your Ubuntu partition.

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  • Now have just tried Boot-Repair. If someone's interested: paste.ubuntu.com/1467542
    – andrekk
    Dec 26, 2012 at 16:55
  • Is EasyBCD used just for cases when ubuntu installed first and then comes Win7 loader that destroys grub?
    – andrekk
    Dec 26, 2012 at 16:57
  • While this might answer the question, it is preferred that you include the essential parts of the answer here. Thanks!
    – jrg
    Dec 26, 2012 at 18:16
  • @user116845 EasyBCD is used for editing Windows Vista+ Bootloader Entries. To add an Ubuntu entry you must install GRUB to your Ubuntu partition.
    – nastys
    Dec 26, 2012 at 18:18
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Helo Try this metode if you've grub installed: In Terminal:

  1. sudo update-grub

  2. edit by NANO or vii /etc/default/grub and modify if in GRUB_TIMEOUT= 0 modify for ex 5 and SAVE; easier in Midnight Commander (apt-get install mc)(sudo -s ENTER, mc ENTER)!!!/etc/default/grub and F4!!!!(sudo -s ENTER, mc ENTER)

  3. again sudo update-grub

  4. Close the terminal and RESTART or REBOOT

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