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    Ubuntu / XP dual boot issues


    Hello Linux Forums. After quite some searching, I am unable to resolve my issue.
    The main problem is that after installing Ubuntu 8.10 I cannot boot back into XP or Windows 7.
    I had used EasyBCD to configure Vista's bootloader to boot between XP and 7. Now, when using GRUB I can access the Bootloader but I blackscreen trying to boot XP, 7 or safemode. Even stranger the Windows XP Boot CD blue screens at "Windows is starting..." which I was going to use to attempt to 'fdisk /mbr'.

    Here's my GRUB config:
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    ## ## End Default Options ##
    
    title		Ubuntu 8.10, kernel 2.6.27-11-generic
    uuid		691b4599-63d8-4475-9d38-df9cd0cc92b2
    kernel		/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27-11-generic root=UUID=691b4599-63d8-4475-9d38-df9cd0cc92b2 ro quiet splash 
    initrd		/boot/initrd.img-2.6.27-11-generic
    quiet
    
    title		Ubuntu 8.10, kernel 2.6.27-11-generic (recovery mode)
    uuid		691b4599-63d8-4475-9d38-df9cd0cc92b2
    kernel		/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27-11-generic root=UUID=691b4599-63d8-4475-9d38-df9cd0cc92b2 ro  single
    initrd		/boot/initrd.img-2.6.27-11-generic
    
    title		Ubuntu 8.10, kernel 2.6.27-7-generic
    uuid		691b4599-63d8-4475-9d38-df9cd0cc92b2
    kernel		/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27-7-generic root=UUID=691b4599-63d8-4475-9d38-df9cd0cc92b2 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		691b4599-63d8-4475-9d38-df9cd0cc92b2
    kernel		/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27-7-generic root=UUID=691b4599-63d8-4475-9d38-df9cd0cc92b2 ro  single
    initrd		/boot/initrd.img-2.6.27-7-generic
    
    title		Ubuntu 8.10, memtest86+
    uuid		691b4599-63d8-4475-9d38-df9cd0cc92b2
    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/sdb1
    title		Windows Vista/Longhorn (loader)
    rootnoverify (hd0,0)
    makeactive
    chainloader +1
    I think the problem is with the windows bootloader and not GRUB but you're the experts, not I.
    Any ideas?

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    Welcome to LinuxForums!

    What is the output of
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    fdisk -l
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    It says (ran within ubuntu):
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    Disk /dev/sda: 37.0 GB, 37019566080 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4500 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0xd9c82d64
    
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sda1   *           1        4499    36138186    7  HPFS/NTFS
    
    Disk /dev/sdb: 74.3 GB, 74355769344 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9039 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x79ae7387
    
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sdb1   *           1        9039    72605736    7  HPFS/NTFS
    
    Disk /dev/sdc: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0xddaaddaa
    
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sdc1               1       47201   379142001    7  HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sdc2           47202       60801   109242000    5  Extended
    /dev/sdc5           60244       60801     4482103+  82  Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/sdc6           47202       60243   104759802   83  Linux
    
    Partition table entries are not in disk order
    EDIT: Realized I forgot sudo haha.

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    try
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    sudo fdisk -l
    Ed: output of
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    ls /dev/disk/by-uuid -l
    may also be useful

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    Okay so I am now able to boot into Windows 7 just fine. However, attempting to boot into Windows XP gives me a black screen or insta-restarts. Any way I can fix XP booting via Windows 7?

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    You need to edit the windows 7 bootloader menu to add an entry for xp?

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    Quote Originally Posted by yancek View Post
    You need to edit the windows 7 bootloader menu to add an entry for xp?
    No. It's there. Attempting to boot into XP results in a black screen forever.
    Halfway tempted to cut my losses and start all over.

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    So you can boot to both Win 7 and Ubuntu? Sounds like a likely driver issue in XP.
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    Can't boot into it to fix it though, nor can I boot from the XP CD... It just hangs on "Setup is starting Windows". Never done that before.

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    It looks like you have XP on its own drive, can you disconnect other drives from the system and then try to fix XP boot with only the XP drive & CD drive connected?

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