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Ubuntu help on vista machine please!

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February 22, 2009 11:49:47 PM

I have a computer that uses a 30gb ssd has the vista boot drive, all thats on it is vista and its stuff, and i want to put linux on my storage drive, a 1tb seagate drive...
i installed linux but when i boot i never get a menu that lets me boot into linux...?
did i install the GRUB bootloader in the wrong place? i put it in hd0 or whatever it gave me when i installed ubuntu...
thanks in advance
-Josh

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a b 5 Linux
February 23, 2009 12:45:09 AM

You can install GRUB onto the 1TB drive and set your BIOS to boot from the 1TB drive first or you can install it on the SSD.

Go to Applications, Accessories, Terminal

  1. sudo su -
  2.  
  3. /sbin/grub-install /dev/sda


Replace /dev/sda with the actual drive you want to install it on.

GL :) 
a b 5 Linux
February 23, 2009 1:27:11 AM

Oh... I put it on /dev/sda1. Maybe that's why my bootloader didn't work... *runs horribly slow installation CD again*
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a b 5 Linux
February 23, 2009 1:51:25 AM

Are you re-installing?
February 23, 2009 2:48:27 AM

im going to have to try and reinstall it, cuz i cant get ubuntu to boot...
so when it asks me where to install the bootloader... where do i put it?
on (hd0), swap area, or whatever? i am new to linux, and i want this to work...
thanks for the help
a b 5 Linux
February 23, 2009 2:53:22 AM

You don't have to re-install.

Boot from the live CD, go to Applications, Accessories, Terminal
  1. sudo su -
  2. /sbin/grub-install /dev/sda
  3. /sbin/grub-install /dev/sdb


Install on both, that should fix it.

You may need to reconfigure your BIOS to boot from the 1TB drive.

GL :) 
a b 5 Linux
February 23, 2009 2:53:59 AM

linux_0 said:
Are you re-installing?

I sent you a PM yesterday (well, maybe today depending on timezone) about what I was doing, or trying to do. :) 
February 23, 2009 2:54:56 AM

i already have to boot from the 1tb hdd first, cuz theres a vista boot file on it or something, idk why, it was just made me put it there when i installed vista...
ok, im going to try that now
a b 5 Linux
February 23, 2009 2:57:42 AM

@randomizer, my bad, I missed it, didn't get email :( 
a b 5 Linux
February 23, 2009 3:02:11 AM

linux_0 said:
@randomizer, my bad, I missed it, didn't get email :( 

Well that's not surprising, nothing seems to work as it should :pt1cable: 
February 23, 2009 3:09:11 AM

ok i tried those and they didnt work... it says install device not found...
a b 5 Linux
February 23, 2009 3:09:48 AM

joshwood123 said:
i already have to boot from the 1tb hdd first, cuz theres a vista boot file on it or something, idk why, it was just made me put it there when i installed vista...
ok, im going to try that now



/sbin/grub-install /dev/sda should fix it then :) 

Your 1TB drive should be /dev/sda.

fdisk -l will show the drives and partitions.

GL :) 
a b 5 Linux
February 23, 2009 3:10:53 AM

Run fdisk -l using the Live CD and post or PM me the results :) 
February 23, 2009 3:13:48 AM

ok, i type in fdisk -l and it says "cannot open /dev/sda and cannot open /dev/sdb..
and when i type in fdisk it comes up with a whole menu of stuff thats very confusing to a long times windows user... =/
a b 5 Linux
February 23, 2009 3:15:39 AM

Sorry, run "sudo su -" first.

You should now be root, the superuser / administrator.

Then run "fdisk -l".

:) 
February 23, 2009 3:17:54 AM

ok that worked :)  now what? do i need to do /sbin/grub-install /dev/sda
/sbin/grub-install /dev/sdb?
a b 5 Linux
February 23, 2009 3:30:10 AM

Yup! That should do it :) 
February 23, 2009 3:56:39 AM

ok, i couldnt get that to work, it still wouldnt install anything... so i am reinstalling it...
at the prepare partions screen, what do i need to do? how many partions do i need? and where do i put the bootloader??
a b 5 Linux
February 23, 2009 4:02:19 AM

Backup important data.

The process goes like this => http://www.informit.com/articles/a [...] um=2&rll=1

Select partition manually, make sure you select the correct hard disk and create 2 primary partitions.

1st partition PRIMARY ext3 256MB /boot

2nd partition PRIMARY ext3 100GB or more /

3rd partition PRIMARY SWAP 4GB no mount point - swap

Optional 4th partition PRIMARY ext3 if you want to use it with Ubuntu or NTFS if you want to use it with Vista.

Install the GRUB boot loader onto /dev/sda ( 1TB drive ).

:) 
February 23, 2009 5:00:02 AM

thank you very much, i have ubuntu installed and working great now! :)  it is downloading 260 updates right now... haha
oh and i may need help on getting my drivers for my ati radeon 4870 working on ubuntu... =/
a b 5 Linux
February 23, 2009 6:32:41 AM

No problem :) 

Ubuntu should offer to install the latest ATI driver for you. Sorry, haven't tried the manual install recently.
February 26, 2009 3:47:16 AM

ok, i got the ATI drivers working :)  now ubuntu looks amazing...
but as always with computers, now something else is wrong
vista wont boot up anymore, it says NTLDR is missing press ctrl+alt+del to restart... :(  :( 
i have tried repairing vista with the installation cd, but it doesnt find any problems to fix... so idk, its typical vista problems i guess, it seems to freak out whenever i do anything... i think if i cant get it fixed, im going to have to uninstall ubuntu, and then fix vista or reinstall it...
what do you think i should do?
i cant find anything helpful on the internet...
thanks in advance
-Josh
a b 5 Linux
February 26, 2009 7:59:13 AM

Is your vista on the SSD and only the SSD?
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