I'm installing Ubuntu 13.04 (16 bit ) along with Windows 7 in my Lenovo Thinkpad. I was able to install Ubuntu successfully. But, after installation it asked me to restart now. I clicked on it. It started windows without showing boot menu. Now, what should I do to get the boot menu at the start.

This are the steps I tried and was not successful :
1. After browsing I found that boot repair has to be installed. I successfully used a Ubuntu live CD and tried to install the boot repair.
I tried the following commands -

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yannubuntu/boot-repair && sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -y boot-repair && (boot-repair &)  

But, I get this error now,

dpkg: error: reading package into file '/var/lib/dpkg/available' : Input/output error
E: subprocess /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (2)

how can I solve this problem to get a boot menu at the beginning.

  • are you running both line of command at once? If not which one gives this error, line 1 or 2? If yes, enter one line at one time. – Web-E Jan 27 '14 at 10:56
  • @Web-E I'm entering one command at a time. – Rudra Jan 27 '14 at 10:59
  • So adding repo and apt list update is successfully done and then with 2nd line for installation this error is appearing ? – Web-E Jan 27 '14 at 11:06
  • @Web-E Yes I see this error in the second line – Rudra Jan 27 '14 at 11:08

If you are unable to install it from a live cd,I would recommend you to download an iso image file of boot-repair software and you can burn it to a cd or a usb using yumi or unetbootin

Here's the download link where you will get the iso image:


For unetbootin for making a bootable usb:


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