Duel Boot Help Ubuntu

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  1. jd155

    jd155 Member

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    Well i installed ubuntu via the and iso burnt to a disc.
    Everything is went fine and dandy with the install untill bootup.
    Im running windows xp and instead of giving me a boot menu to choose from operating systems i just boot straight into windows.
    So far all i know(though i may be wrong)
    IS that my boot. file is not set properly
    that is my guess but i have no clue

    Currenty it looks like this

    [boot loader]
    timeout=30
    Default= multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\windows
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\windows="<OperatingSystem>"

    all i want is a menu to show that lets me chose which operating system to
    boot into.

    Now if somone can help my it would be greatly appreciated
    If you need any other info just ask

    Now if somone can help my it would be greatly appreciated
    Sorry if this is noob or somthing but ive had this trouble everytime i try to boot ubuntu.

    And i checked for other threads on this but didnt see any...
    Thanks

    jd155
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    i guess no one has a clue what im talking about...
  2. Axis

    Axis Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Right after you turn on your computer, before XP loads, press and hold F2 on your keyboard. You should then be able to select the partition or disk on which you installed Ubuntu.
  3. jd155

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    ya i guess but the menu used to show up but my computer just has a habit of deleting the boot.ini (no clue why) file and it would be nice to have it without having to reinstall it or something to get the proper text/code.
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    SuperGrubDisk! It allows you to restore grub as your bootloader if it has been removed in any way.
  5. JustRevage

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    Well, you could try to install GRUB (the bootloader of Ubuntu) into the Master Boot Record of your first hard-disk.

    This way you would be prompted with a selection of available operating systems at startup.

    Your "boot file" just seems to me like the Windows boot.ini (don't blame me if I'm wrong, not a Windows user anymore

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    You actually can add an Ubuntu entry here, but the more straigtforwarded way would be to add a Windows entry to your /boot/grub/menu.lst file in Ubuntu and let GRUB do the dirty work for you

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    If everything went well with the Ubuntu setup, GRUB should have auto-detected your Windows installation though.

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  6. jd155

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    Ya i meant boot.ini file by the boot file lol
    All i was trying to do was to add ubuntu to the boot.ini file that my computer deletes every once and a while for some reason
    I know how to make one and add windows to it i just forgot to back up a copy that has the ubuntu log/code/whatever on the .ini file.

    Thanks for the respond but i have solved my problems ish now im just trying to figure out why the boot.ini file deletes itself. (and no its not hidden it just deletes randomly and windows boots instead of ubuntu)
    and as far as i can tell i have no virus

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