I just installed Ubuntu 11.10 on a friends Dell Inspiron laptop. I normally boots up to Windows Vista Home Edition. As part of the install procedure I reduced the size of the largest ntfs partition to allow space for an ext4 root partition and a small swap partition. After the install completed it prompted to restart and what followed was a reboot with Windows coming back up without any multiboot menu screen. Where is the grub boot menu?


You'll need to install GRUB manually. To do that you'll have to boot up using a live CD then do the following:

  1. Setup a chroot environment.

    open a terminal and mount the root partition to /mnt

    sudo mount /dev/sdXy /mnt

    sdXy being the root partition of your installed ubuntu, e.g. /dev/sda5. you can find that out using

    sudo fdisk -l

    next, mount some virtual devices

     sudo mount -bind /dev /mnt/dev
     sudo mount -bind /proc /mnt/proc
     sudo mount -bind /sys /mnt/sys
  2. chroot into the installed system

    sudo chroot /mnt

  3. finally, (re)install GRUB

    grub-install --recheck /dev/sdX

    sdX is the internal hard drive, probably /dev/sda

    and while we're at it, we may as well update it, too.

  4. if there were no errors during the installation, you can type "exit" to leave chroot nd then simply reboot the computer. you should then be able to boot both windows and linux.

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