Ubuntu Installation :: GRUB2 Fails To Load?

Aug 31, 2010

I am a long time ubuntu user (4.10) and have had a fair bit of experience installing ubuntu and the many mishaps along the way.

So after having no internet for a year I decide to try the new 10.04 flavour by ordering the cd from the site.

Installation went well, no hiccups. But when I restarted the comp it went straight to Xp, so I thought I'll just use the SGD to boot the partion anyway and fix this small problem later.

After SGD confused sda with sdb, I figured out that GRUB2 is now the standard boot loader.

So thats where I am lost, I have searched the forums quickly (25 pages or so..) and realise that I am not going to fix this easily or by trial and error.

here's some info

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
WinXP SP3
Intel P4 3.0
1.5 GB RAM

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i initilally installed ubuntu 9.10 then installed windows 7 ,then i recovered grub2 using livecd as told in the post [URL] i did "sudo update-grub" and got windows 7 menu entry but when i select that entry windows 7 does not load but the grub2 is reloaded again.
i cant boot to windows 7.

Windows 7 have 100 mb partition "System Reserved" the grub2 points to that partition but still windows 7 not loaded.

sudo fdisk -l
Disk /dev/sda: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x3c3a81f5

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Code:
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Quote:

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###
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Corsair VENGEANCE 4x4GB DDR3

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Code:
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