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torres-no-tan-magnifico 22. Nov 2009 04:24 PM

I have managed to install Ubuntu alongside Windows and in the latest version I can even connect to the Internet! :D

Normally when booting up my PC I get the option of either XP or Ubuntu. However, the Ubuntu option has now mysteriously disappeared and my PC now automatically runs Windows. :mad: The Ubuntu folder is still on my HDD.

Anyone got any thoughts as to why this is?


Anupam 22. Nov 2009 04:30 PM

Might be a problem with the bootloader. Someone knowing more will tell you.

Its a request to you, and everyone else too... if you have a query, that is not related to the ongoing topic... please post it as a new thread... so that it does not disrupt another topic. It also helps to keep things organized. Thanks.

torres-no-tan-magnifico 22. Nov 2009 04:44 PM

D'oh! Apologies for posting in the wrong thread, it's been a long week! ;-)


Jojo Yee 22. Nov 2009 04:58 PM

When you install the latest version of Ubuntu alongside Windows, Ubuntu use Grub2 bootloader to overwrite MBR. When PC starts, it gives an option to load Ubuntu or Windows.

As now the Ubuntu option disappears, it is likely MBR has been overwritten to boot only Windows.

If on Vista or Win7, it's quite easy to rewrite MBR and chainload to Ubuntu 9.10 by using EasyBCD which I've tried, but I think it doesn't work for XP.

As an alternatvie, you might find this page Recover Grub2 via LiveCD helpful. Try to boot into a Ubuntu LiveCD and follow the steps given. Not sure if it will work as I've not tried them. As always you need to do a proper backup if you have important files in the harddisk and note that the system might not boot if the bootloader is not configured correctly.

Anupam 22. Nov 2009 05:25 PM


Originally Posted by torresmagnifico (Post 16934)
D'oh! Apologies for posting in the wrong thread, it's been a long week! ;-)

No problem ... it happens :).

bk_7312 25. Nov 2009 04:54 AM

See here:

Not sure if it applies for Ubuntu but can't hurt to try right? Just install GRUB in Ubuntu's root partition, type the command in the thread above in the command line, move a file, add a line in the boot.ini file and your done. Just follow the instructions in the thread above.

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