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    Do you keep the external drive with PCLinux plugged in all the time? Yes always.

    What is your boot priority in the BIOS?

    cd-drive
    harddisk
    other stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by yancek View Post
    Do you keep the external drive with PCLinux plugged in all the time?
    What is your boot priority in the BIOS?
    Yes it's always plugged in.

    Right now I have to boot from a Suber Grub CD to get all the choices as I have

    Win 7
    PCLinuxOS
    PCBSD
    DesktopBSD.

    EasyBCD is not really effective.

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    Still having problems? In your last post, you indicate you need to use SuperGrub to boot but a few weeks ago you said you could select PCLinux from Grub menu and boot it, and if you selected win 7 from that menu, you would go to EasyBCD menu to boot. Is that no longer working?

    You indicate your BIOS boot priority is CD, hard drive, other stuff ( what does other stuff include? USB?). If you have no option to boot from USB or, if you have boot from USB after hard drive in boot priority, then Grub is on the mbr of the internal drive.

    If you are still having problems, posting your partition information would help someone help your. If you can boot PCLinux, log in to a terminal as root and run the command: fdisk -l I(lower case Letter L) and post that info here.

    Also, Grub info would be helpful. While logged in as root, type grub at the prompt so you get the grub prompt which looks like (grub>), when you have that, type:

    geometry (hd0) (hit enter key)
    geometry (hd1) (hit enter key)

    post this output so that a comparison can be made of how fdisk and grub see your partitions. Obviously, having the external plugged in which you say you always do.

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    I have added OS's and boot loaders since then. I now have

    PCLinuxOS
    Win7
    PBSD
    DesktopBSD

    [root@localhost henrik]# fdisk -l

    Disk /dev/sda: 80.0 GB, 80026361856 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9729 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0xa6f13d9f

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 1 551 4423680 27 Unknown
    Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary.
    /dev/sda2 * 551 6997 51778698+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda3 6998 9729 21944790 5 Extended
    /dev/sda5 6998 8424 11462346 83 Linux
    /dev/sda6 8425 8579 1245006 82 Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/sda7 8580 9729 9237343+ 83 Linux

    Disk /dev/mmcblk0: 7969 MB, 7969177600 bytes
    221 heads, 20 sectors/track, 3521 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 4420 * 512 = 2263040 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x00000000

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/mmcblk0p1 2 3522 7778304 b W95 FAT32

    Disk /dev/sdb: 250.0 GB, 250059350016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0xa8a8a8a8

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdb1 1 23584 189438448+ c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
    /dev/sdb2 29424 30316 7168000 c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
    Partition 2 does not end on cylinder boundary.
    /dev/sdb3 * 26772 29423 21302190 a5 FreeBSD
    /dev/sdb4 23585 26771 25599577+ a5 FreeBSD

    Partition table entries are not in disk order
    [root@localhost henrik]#


    grub> geometry (hd0)
    drive 0x80: C/H/S = 9729/255/63, The number of sectors = 156301488, /dev/sda
    Partition num: 0, Filesystem type unknown, partition type 0x27
    Partition num: 1, Filesystem type unknown, partition type 0x7
    Partition num: 4, Filesystem type is ext2fs, partition type 0x83
    Partition num: 5, Filesystem type unknown, partition type 0x82
    Partition num: 6, Filesystem type is ext2fs, partition type 0x83




    grub> geometry (hd1)
    drive 0x81: C/H/S = 30401/255/63, The number of sectors = 488397168, /dev/sdb
    Partition num: 0, Filesystem type is fat, partition type 0xc
    Partition num: 1, Filesystem type is fat, partition type 0xc
    Partition num: 2, [BSD sub-partitions immediately follow]
    BSD Partition num: 'a', Filesystem type is ufs2, partition type 0xa5
    BSD Partition num: 'b', Filesystem type unknown, partition type 0xa5
    BSD Partition num: 'd', Filesystem type is ufs2, partition type 0xa5
    BSD Partition num: 'e', Filesystem type is ufs2, partition type 0xa5
    Partition num: 3, [BSD sub-partitions immediately follow]
    BSD Partition num: 'a', Filesystem type is ufs2, partition type 0xa5
    BSD Partition num: 'b', Filesystem type unknown, partition type 0xa5
    BSD Partition num: 'd', Filesystem type is ufs2, partition type 0xa5
    BSD Partition num: 'e', Filesystem type is ufs2, partition type 0xa5

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    Your fdisk and geometry outputs coincide, both showing both PCLinux and windows on the same drive (sda, (hd0)). I'm not sure what your situation is now. Are you able to boot without SuperGrub? What, if anything? What exactly would you want to do? Boot with Grub?

    Booting with Grub with your currently situation shouldn't be that hard. If you log in to a terminal as root and type "grub" to get the grub prompt (grub>) you would enter:

    root (hd0,4) (hit the enter key)
    setup (hd0) (hit enter again)
    quit (hit enter again)

    Your windows entry in the /boot/grub/menu.lst file should be:

    rootnoverify (hd0,1)
    chainloader +1

    If that doesn't work, well???

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    ? What exactly would you want to do? Boot with Grub?

    I think I would put mu trust in Grub,

    Booting with Grub with your currently situation shouldn't be that hard. If you log in to a terminal as root and type "grub" to get the grub prompt (grub>) you would enter:

    root (hd0,4) (hit the enter key)
    setup (hd0) (hit enter again)
    quit (hit enter again)

    [root@localhost henrik]# root (hd0,4)
    bash: syntax error near unexpected token `hd0,4'
    [root@localhost henrik]# setup (hd0)
    bash: syntax error near unexpected token `hd0'
    [root@localhost henrik]# root (hd0,4)
    bash: syntax error near unexpected token `hd0,4'
    [root@localhost henrik]# quit
    bash: quit: command not found
    [root@localhost henrik]#

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    You did the grub commands from root, you need to get to the grub prompt first. After you log in as root, type grub at the prompt and you should see this:

    grub>

    this is where you enter the commands.

    From my previous post:

    If you log in to a terminal as root and type "grub" to get the grub prompt (grub>) you would enter:

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    Does this help?

    grub> geometry (hd0)
    drive 0x80: C/H/S = 9729/255/63, The number of sectors = 156301488, /dev/sda
    Partition num: 0, Filesystem type unknown, partition type 0x27
    Partition num: 1, Filesystem type unknown, partition type 0x7
    Partition num: 4, Filesystem type is ext2fs, partition type 0x83
    Partition num: 5, Filesystem type unknown, partition type 0x82
    Partition num: 6, Filesystem type is ext2fs, partition type 0x83

    grub>

    grub> geometry (hd1)
    drive 0x81: C/H/S = 30401/255/63, The number of sectors = 488397168, /dev/sdb
    Partition num: 0, Filesystem type is fat, partition type 0xc
    Partition num: 1, Filesystem type is fat, partition type 0xc
    Partition num: 2, [BSD sub-partitions immediately follow]
    BSD Partition num: 'a', Filesystem type is ufs2, partition type 0xa5
    BSD Partition num: 'b', Filesystem type unknown, partition type 0xa5
    BSD Partition num: 'd', Filesystem type is ufs2, partition type 0xa5
    BSD Partition num: 'e', Filesystem type is ufs2, partition type 0xa5
    Partition num: 3, [BSD sub-partitions immediately follow]
    BSD Partition num: 'a', Filesystem type is ufs2, partition type 0xa5
    BSD Partition num: 'b', Filesystem type unknown, partition type 0xa5
    BSD Partition num: 'd', Filesystem type is ufs2, partition type 0xa5
    BSD Partition num: 'e', Filesystem type is ufs2, partition type 0xa5

    grub>

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    Did you try what I suggested in my earlier post to put Grub in the mbr of your first disk?

    root (hd0,4) (hit the enter key)
    setup (hd0) (hit enter again)
    quit (hit enter again)

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    Quote Originally Posted by yancek View Post
    Did you try what I suggested in my earlier post to put Grub in the mbr of your first disk?
    Yes. Didn't succeed.

    Reinstalled PCBSD and it is now included in one of the several bootmanagers. It's really a mess now

    I could delete all the distroes and reinstall the lot. Probably easier. At least PCBSD got sound working over DesktopBSD. Neither of them har wireless going.

    Maybe you shouldn't use more of your time on this mess of boot managers I created. But I appreciate you did. Thanks.

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