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Ugh crap, wrong section >_<;; Just ignore this Okay so I know there are a lot of posts about the error 13, however I'm a beginner with stuff like this, ...
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    Grub Error 13 Invalid or unsupported executable format


    Ugh crap, wrong section >_<;; Just ignore this






    Okay so I know there are a lot of posts about the error 13, however I'm a beginner with stuff like this, and most posts I found have differences in them that may or may not make the different solutions work for me. Basically I'm just making a new thread to make sure that any advice I take is specifically for my issue.

    A few days ago I booted up my computer as normal and loaded vista. It loaded fine, but then froze at the login window. I restarted my computer but this time when I tried to load vista I got the "Error 13" message. Ubuntu still loads up fine however.

    I'm fairly certain that I'm using Grub - Legacy, and since most posts that I see post the contents of the menu.lst file, I will too

    Code:
    # menu.lst - See: grub(8), info grub, update-grub(8)
    #            grub-install(8), grub-floppy(8),
    #            grub-md5-crypt, /usr/share/doc/grub
    #            and /usr/share/doc/grub-doc/.
    
    ## default num
    # Set the default entry to the entry number NUM. Numbering starts from 0, and
    # the entry number 0 is the default if the command is not used.
    #
    # You can specify 'saved' instead of a number. In this case, the default entry
    # is the entry saved with the command 'savedefault'.
    # WARNING: If you are using dmraid do not use 'savedefault' or your
    # array will desync and will not let you boot your system.
    default		0
    
    ## timeout sec
    # Set a timeout, in SEC seconds, before automatically booting the default entry
    # (normally the first entry defined).
    timeout		10
    
    ## hiddenmenu
    # Hides the menu by default (press ESC to see the menu)
    #hiddenmenu
    
    # Pretty colours
    #color cyan/blue white/blue
    
    ## password ['--md5'] passwd
    # If used in the first section of a menu file, disable all interactive editing
    # control (menu entry editor and command-line)  and entries protected by the
    # command 'lock'
    # e.g. password topsecret
    #      password --md5 $1$gLhU0/$aW78kHK1QfV3P2b2znUoe/
    # password topsecret
    
    #
    # examples
    #
    # title		Windows 95/98/NT/2000
    # root		(hd0,0)
    # makeactive
    # chainloader	+1
    #
    # title		Linux
    # root		(hd0,1)
    # kernel	/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda2 ro
    #
    
    #
    # Put static boot stanzas before and/or after AUTOMAGIC KERNEL LIST
    
    ### BEGIN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST
    ## lines between the AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST markers will be modified
    ## by the debian update-grub script except for the default options below
    
    ## DO NOT UNCOMMENT THEM, Just edit them to your needs
    
    ## ## Start Default Options ##
    ## default kernel options
    ## default kernel options for automagic boot options
    ## If you want special options for specific kernels use kopt_x_y_z
    ## where x.y.z is kernel version. Minor versions can be omitted.
    ## e.g. kopt=root=/dev/hda1 ro
    ##      kopt_2_6_8=root=/dev/hdc1 ro
    ##      kopt_2_6_8_2_686=root=/dev/hdc2 ro
    # kopt=root=UUID=da9847de-71ad-40d1-8f4f-d6309b3c6e00 ro
    
    ## default grub root device
    ## e.g. groot=(hd0,0)
    # groot=da9847de-71ad-40d1-8f4f-d6309b3c6e00
    
    ## should update-grub create alternative automagic boot options
    ## e.g. alternative=true
    ##      alternative=false
    # alternative=true
    
    ## should update-grub lock alternative automagic boot options
    ## e.g. lockalternative=true
    ##      lockalternative=false
    # lockalternative=false
    
    ## additional options to use with the default boot option, but not with the
    ## alternatives
    ## e.g. defoptions=vga=791 resume=/dev/hda5
    # defoptions=quiet splash
    
    ## should update-grub lock old automagic boot options
    ## e.g. lockold=false
    ##      lockold=true
    # lockold=false
    
    ## Xen hypervisor options to use with the default Xen boot option
    # xenhopt=
    
    ## Xen Linux kernel options to use with the default Xen boot option
    # xenkopt=console=tty0
    
    ## altoption boot targets option
    ## multiple altoptions lines are allowed
    ## e.g. altoptions=(extra menu suffix) extra boot options
    ##      altoptions=(recovery) single
    # altoptions=(recovery mode) single
    
    ## controls how many kernels should be put into the menu.lst
    ## only counts the first occurence of a kernel, not the
    ## alternative kernel options
    ## e.g. howmany=all
    ##      howmany=7
    # howmany=all
    
    ## should update-grub create memtest86 boot option
    ## e.g. memtest86=true
    ##      memtest86=false
    # memtest86=true
    
    ## should update-grub adjust the value of the default booted system
    ## can be true or false
    # updatedefaultentry=false
    
    ## should update-grub add savedefault to the default options
    ## can be true or false
    # savedefault=false
    
    ## ## End Default Options ##
    
    title		Ubuntu 8.10, kernel 2.6.27-7-generic
    uuid		da9847de-71ad-40d1-8f4f-d6309b3c6e00
    kernel		/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27-7-generic root=UUID=da9847de-71ad-40d1-8f4f-d6309b3c6e00 ro quiet splash 
    initrd		/boot/initrd.img-2.6.27-7-generic
    quiet
    
    title		Ubuntu 8.10, kernel 2.6.27-7-generic (recovery mode)
    uuid		da9847de-71ad-40d1-8f4f-d6309b3c6e00
    kernel		/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27-7-generic root=UUID=da9847de-71ad-40d1-8f4f-d6309b3c6e00 ro  single
    initrd		/boot/initrd.img-2.6.27-7-generic
    
    title		Ubuntu 8.10, memtest86+
    uuid		da9847de-71ad-40d1-8f4f-d6309b3c6e00
    kernel		/boot/memtest86+.bin
    quiet
    
    ### END DEBIAN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST
    
    # This is a divider, added to separate the menu items below from the Debian
    # ones.
    title		Other operating systems:
    root
    
    
    # This entry automatically added by the Debian installer for a non-linux OS
    # on /dev/sda1
    title		Windows Vista/Longhorn (loader)
    root		(hd0,0)
    savedefault
    makeactive
    chainloader	+1

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    I'm think when you want to include Windows in a mulitboot with a linux OS, you have to install windows first. FYI

    I still have to confirm this though. :rooleyes:
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    From this site GRUB 2 bootloader - Full tutorial
    This kind of error is common for Linux users trying to boot Windows and Mac partitions. For Windows, the solution is to try to remap the partitions, hide partitions or make them active, which usually solves the problem.
    I haven't tried remap/hide partition. Whenever I ran into trouble with grub. I'll simply boot using fedora dvd and go to resue mode and re-install grub.
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    Since you have a menu.lst file, you should be booting Grub Legacy. You should run the command fdisk -l as root and look at your partitions to be sure your windows partition is on the first hard drive, first partition. If you installed vista after Linux, it is not likely to be on this partition but the only way to tell is to look at (or post here) your partition information. It is a lower case Letter L in the fdisk -l command).

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