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Hey Guys, I had a preloaded Windows Vista acer laptop. I installed ubuntu 9.10 on my portable usb hard drive. Now the issue is that whenever i have to reboot ...
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    Unhappy Manual GRUB configuration


    Hey Guys,

    I had a preloaded Windows Vista acer laptop. I installed ubuntu 9.10 on my portable usb hard drive. Now the issue is that whenever i have to reboot my machine, i need to have my USB hard drive plugged in, if i dont plug in the USB hard drive i am left with the grub shell. I wanted to know that is there a way to manually alter the boot loader to always point to system hard drive instead of portable USB hard drive.

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    Hi and Welcome !

    Installer has installed GRUB Bootloader in MBR of Internal Hard disk but its conf files are in External Disk.

    First of all, re-install Vista Boot Loader. Follow instruction from here to re-install it. Windows Vista will boot up without External Disk after re-installing its boot loader.

    You have to re-install GRUB in External disk. You have to edit a few files to do that. Is it possible for you to re-install Ubuntu? It will make things lot easier. Just disable Internal disk in BIOS before Ubuntu Installation.

    But if you want to learn how GRUB works, do not re-install Ubuntu. I will post instructions for GRUB re-install in External Disk. Let me know your choice.
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    Thanks for the information. My choice would be to learn GRUB.

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    Have you installed Vista Boot Loader?
    Plug-in External Disk and boot up from Ubuntu LiveCD. Open Terminal and execute this
    Code:
    sudo fdisk -l
    Post output here.
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