Ubuntu Installation :: How To Clean Up GRUB Menu After Updates

Jan 7, 2010

After I updated my system, grub shows about 2 extra options on the boot menu. They seem to be different kernel versions. How do I clean up the menu and uninstall the older kernel versions?

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CentOS 5 :: Clean Grub From Old Updates?

Dec 15, 2009

how can I remove old kernel updates? Should I delete not usable kernel files from /boot ?

grub.conf was manual changed, here new config:

#vi /boot/grub/grub.conf
title CentOS (2.6.18-164.2.1.el5.028stab066.10)
root (hd0,0)
kernel /vmlinuz-2.6.18-164.2.1.el5.028stab066.10 ro root=LABEL=/ acpi=off noapic nodmraid


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Ubuntu Installation :: Grub Won't Boot New Clean Install

Feb 24, 2010

A friend of mine asked me to install ubuntu on his system as he finally got enough of all the flaws and problems in his vista. I said no problems ill have ubuntu up and running in no time! Well this is 2 days later and still nothing, he's computer refuses to boot from cd, i been changing the boot sequence allot but no indications of it wanting to boot the cd at all, whatever i try. So i made a bootable ubuntu usb-stick, doesnt work everytime i boot but sometimes... i get the load-up-screen, select install ubuntu, go ahead with the install, everything goes like clockwork. "restart is needed" sure, i restart it. grub says something like cant boot, or nothing to boot on hdd.. and thats that. ive reinstalled it several times (10+), trying ext2,ext3,ext4, partitioning it diffrently, ive tried it all. i even took out the scsi hdd, and tried an old ide-drive i had, gave me the exact same error..

i dont have all the specs but ill write what i know:

GA-ma78gm-s2h gigabyte motherboard
AMD Quad 3ghz
4 gb ddr
500 gb scsi

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Ubuntu Installation :: Grub Error 15 On Clean Install / Fix It?

Dec 11, 2010

I reformatted my root partition and boot partitions and installed ,averick but zhen I boot I get a grub 15 error. I might have made a mistake on the partitioning screen zhen I selected /dev/dsa6 for the GRUB bootloader - this is my dedicated /boot partition - and don't know how to fix it now

my current fstab is code...

By mounting all partitions one by one I can see now that everything has moved around so that

sda is the bigbastard drive - 500GB - that was sdb previously
sdb is supersize/basckup and was sdc before
the paritions on sda have moved to sdc

I have no idea hot to put everything back

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Ubuntu Installation :: GRUB Freezes On A Clean Install With A Laptop?

Feb 6, 2010

Scenario new-clean laptop computer "Hundyx W765TUN" with this test results:

- Intel Pentium(R) Dual-Core CPU T4300 @ 2.10GHz: well managed with Live-CD
- VGA NVIDIA G98M/GeForce-G105M: well managed with Live-CD
- CD/DVD Matshita UJ890AS: well managed with Live-CD
- Audio Intel ICH9/82801I: well managed with Live-CD


On every installation I've cleaned the MBR and made new partitioning at all for a single system. Tried to partition the disk manually and tried the "use entire disk" option with the automatic wizard. Same results on all cases, when the installation process goes well at all.

I've tried also to leave the computer some hours with the "GRUB Loading." message, but it doesn't move and remains with the same screen/text. Cursor remains blinking all the time under the GRUB message. In all cases Control+Alt+Del works to reboot. With hundreds of installations made, I've never found the same situation. It would be so strange to be a hardware issue.

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Ubuntu Installation :: 9.10 Has No Menu.lst - ESC To Grub Menu / Solve This?

Feb 15, 2010

9.10 has no menu.lst file and hitting ESC to does not bring up the grub menu. How can we set bootup options or boot an alternate kernel? I would really like to set the resolution at boot time so that my console (Ctrl-Alt-F5, for example) has 80 columns instead of 40. (What a stupid default, gigantic Commodore-64-like text!) It would also be nice if the Login screen could be set to the resolution that I want.

In previous releases, there were ways to do this. In 9.10, I haven't been able to figure out how.

Is there a document explaining all of the radical changes?

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Ubuntu Installation :: 9.10 Has No Menu.lst - ESC To Grub Menu / Sort It?

Apr 22, 2011

9.10 has no menu.lst file and hitting ESC to does not bring up the grub menu. How can we set bootup options or boot an alternate kernel? I would really like to set the resolution at boot time so that my console (Ctrl-Alt-F5, for example) has 80 columns instead of 40. (What a stupid default, gigantic Commodore-64-like text!) It would also be nice if the Login screen could be set to the resolution that I want. In previous releases, there were ways to do this. In 9.10, I haven't been able to figure out how.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Grub Boot Loader Failure On Clean Install

Feb 14, 2010

I'm having a problem installing Ubuntu Studio 9.10-alternate-amd64 onto my machine. This is the third attempt and I keep running into the same problem. Grub Boot Loader will only install to 16% when a screen pops up:

Ubuntu Installer Main Menu

Choose the next step in the install process:

choose language
configure the keyboard
detect and mount CD-rom

choosing the option "Install Grub boot loader on a hard disk" sends me back to the Grub install and once again at 16% the Ubuntu Installer Main Menu pops up. Choosing the option "Install the Lilo Boot Loader on a hard disk" resolves in an Lilo-install failure and i'm directed back to the Installer Main Menu. The option "Finish the installation" sends me back to the same menu..I'm stumped as to what to do... a disk check ensured me that the instal-dvd is valid though I can't get past this silly install menu.

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Ubuntu Installation :: GRUB Not Showing After Dual Boot Clean Install?

Mar 21, 2011

I installed Windows 7 and then Ubuntu 10.10 64 bits. The Ubuntu installation went fine but when rebooting a "check disk" appeared and since then my PC keeps booting directly on Windows. I tried all the GRUB reinstallation methods of the GRUB2 Community Documentation with the live CD but none worked.

Below is the output of the Boot Info script found on several threads.


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Ubuntu Installation :: Clean Re-install - Live Disk Not Recognized In GRUB?

Apr 18, 2011

I have an old HP PC with 2 drives: Primary (C = 20GB) and a slave (E = 60GB). I have Windows XP Pro OS (which I want to completely replace with Ubuntu). Ubuntu 10.10 is installed on E as a side-by-side (with XP on C). I am done testing Ubuntu and now want to completely replace the XP OS.Ubuntu is installed on E-drive as a partition. ISSUE: When I log on the PC goes directly to the GRUB menu but I get no option to boot from the Live Disk 10.10 during the boot-up.

HISTORY: I have tried (unsuccessfully) to remove Ubuntu from my E-drive by use of the uninstall function from Windows control panel. I have also tried to remove it using the manage/Disk Management process but the "Format" and "Delete" options are unavailable (grayed out) so cannot use that. I would like to do a complete clean up and fresh install of Ubuntu as my only OS.I have read and tried a number of internet articles / recommendations about opening BIOS and redirecting the start-up to the disk, but I do not get any option or any time during the boot to do that.

1) How can I get my HP PC to boot from (recognize) the Ubuntu Live Disk (CD)?

2) Would a complete removal and clean reinstallation be a better approach?

3) And how can I remove Ubuntu from the partition on E (as I want to dedicate the C-drive exclusively for Ubuntu)?

This is my first post so please be patient. I am unfamiliar with this part of the installation process.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Grub Errors - More Than 1 Grub - The Change Does Not Appear In The Boot Up Menu

Dec 22, 2010

The first is I seem to have 3 GRUB installs. So whilst I update the one from my live session, the change does not appear in the boot up menu. I had installed 10.10 from a CD into a different partition (sda6), but that will not boot, so I have just deleted this and done another grub install and update. The kernel I am using has just been updated from 10.04 to 10.10 too, and it is this that I use and the Grub I have been working on (sda5).


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Red Hat :: Clean And Restart The Updates By Using Yum?

Jul 2, 2010

I'm working on a workstation with Red Hat Enterprise 5.2 mounted on it, in the last days I had some problem with the update packages tool. In fact, when I tried to download some updates by GUI the graphic interface crashed and it was blocked. So, I tried to clean and restart the updates by using yum, particularly I tried the command yum clean all, but at this point an other error occurs:

'import site' failed; use -v for traceback There was a problem importing one of the Python modules required to run yum. The error leading to this problem was: No module named yum

So I tried to find a solution on the web, particularly I followed the instruction described on this link [URl]..python-485194/ Using by rmp -e command I removed some yum package (i.e. yum-kmod-1.1.16-13.el5.noarch, pirut and so on) Finally I tried to remove definitively the old version of yum and I tried to reinstall the newer version using by the rpm tool.


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Fedora :: Why GRUB Does Not Display Menu Based On Grub.conf/menu.lst

Jul 28, 2009

I am testing my crash recovery strategy for my linux system and I am having trouble with GRUB. I am basically restoring my backup (i.e. tar) unto a different hard drive, but I am having problems getting the machine to boot without me having to type the GRUB commands at the GRUB prompt that is presented when the machine boots up off the new hard drive. I have tried to restore the MBR in two ways (the 2nd one is the one that gets me to the GRUB prompt):

1. Get the MBR off the original drive and write it unto the new drive (all via dd), but that did not work at all: the machine hangs right away during boot up. It seems to hang right at the point where the BIOS tries to read the MBR.


On original drive:

# dd if=/dev/sda of=mbr+part.bin bs=512 count=1

On new drive (new drive is now in place of original drive):

# dd if=mbr+part.bin of=/dev/sda bs=1 count=446 conv=notrunc

2. By using the FEDORA rescue CD, I installed grub unto the new hard drive as follows:


# chroot /mnt/sysimage
# grub-install --root-directory=/boot hd0

reboot and remove FEDORA CD Using the 2nd option above, I get the GRUB> prompt during bootup. I can then boot into the system by issuing the commands that are in the menu.lst file, followed by the "boot" command. However, I would like for those commands to happen automatically, just like in the original configuration. It seems to me that GRUB is actually finding all its stage files because I doubt the GRUB program (the one displaying the prompt) fits entirely in the 446 bytes it has on the MBR. So, it must be loading its stage 2 (and stage 1.5??) files from my /boot partition. However, if GRUB is loading its stage files off the boot partition, why does it not load/read the menu.lst/grub.conf contained in the boot partition also?


# ls -l /boot
total 22888
-rw-r--r--. 1 root root 1274567 2009-05-27 16:39 System.map-
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1274538 2009-06-16 22:27 System.map-


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Ubuntu Installation :: New Kernel Updates Don't Show Up In GRUB Or Boot

Mar 9, 2010

I'm currently running Karmic 9.10 in dual boot with Windows 2000. My computer has automatically updated and installed kernels 2.6.31-17, -19 and -20 (They show up in Synaptic as installed).

However, the newest kernel choice in my GRUB menu is 2.6.31-16-generic (followed by -15 and -14). These all start without any errors.

Question: Why haven't the newer updates shown up in GRUB for booting purposes?

Could it be a question that I didn't answer correctly some time back about accepting or not accepting an update or change in GRUB?

How can this be changed? The new kernels do not show up in Start-Up Manager either.

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General :: Clean Or Emptying Trash Does Not Free Up Enough Space For Updates

Sep 25, 2009

This message comes up when I try to upgrade. The upgrade needs a total of 400M free space on disk '/'. Please free at least an additional 394M of disk space on '/'. Empty your trash and remove temporary packages of former installations using 'sudo apt-get clean'.

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Ubuntu Installation :: How To Uninstall Grub - Automatically Restores Its Own Bootscreen After Updates

Aug 8, 2010

How can I uninstall grub? I have have dual boot between Gentoo and Ubuntu and I want to use the grub, that is on Gentoo partition, as its my main system. I would not care about it as it takes almost no space, but Ubuntu automatically restores its own bootscreen after updates. This is annoying... How to get rid of it?

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Debian Installation :: GRUB Unhelpful Rescue Mode After Updates

Jul 18, 2010

Today it happened again: After an apparently trivial update Grub (Grub2) enters rescue mode the next time booting, not displaying any useful help whatsoever at that point. (Remember that at boot time no manual or help pages are available.) I don't know what went wrong, but ... The harddisk or partition in question is now no longer a bootable partition.

I don't want to use much time trying to sort out things, so unless someone may direct me to at better procedure, I am going to save whatever can be saved from the hd and then reinstall debian (in this case: Sqeeze) from scratch. Nothing else has in my experience ever worked before.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Grub 2 - No Menu Just Cli

May 18, 2010

single hdd

/dev/sda1 = 100mb Windows7 boot part
/dev/sda2 = Windows7 part ( encrypted w/ Truecrypt)
/dev/sda5 = /boot Ubuntu 10.04
/dev/sda6 = / Ubuntu 10.04
Truecrypt bootloader is in the MBR

The Truecrypt bootloader will boot other loaders if esc is hit, I can choose to boot /dev/sda5 and grub loads, but no menu is displayed, all I get is a GRUB> cli. I've reinstalled Grub to /dev/sda5 using the chroot method outlined in the Grub2 info page on this site, but it always results in the same outcome of ending up in the Grub cli. I can chroot that install and attempt a update-grub, but all i get is "cannot find list of partitions!" attached is the boot_info_script results.

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Ubuntu Installation :: GRUB Menu Won't Go Away

Dec 11, 2010

Once upon a time I had Maverick Meerkat installed on two drives. Now I've used Disk Utility's "Format Drive" to erase it and remove the Master Boot Record partitioning on one of them. Yet I still have to go through the GRUB menu each time I start up my computer, as if there are multiple bootable drives. I've read that 'sudo grub-install /dev/sdb' might work, but that only seems to reset the bootloader, not remove it.

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Ubuntu Installation :: No Grub Menu For OS On USB HD-GPT / Get That?

Jan 25, 2011

I have an external USB drive with Mint9 Fluxbox installed on it. At one point, I wiped the drive and set it up using GPT instead of MFT, then partitioned the drive in GParted and installed the OS.
This setup was working fine, but now I have a new laptop, and the OS won't boot. I just saw the errors, "No such partition: UUID=xxx", "Could not find kernel, hit any key to continue". So I attempted to reinstall GRUB via terminal, but saw errors saying that GPT requires a grub_bios partition. So I made a 1mb partition at the end of the drive, (the only unallocated space without moving anything) and selected the grub_bios flag.
I was then able to reinstall Grub without incident, rebooted, selected the USB drive to boot first in bios, but still no Grub menu!?! It just boots from the next device in the bios list.
I'm currently using Crunchbang on a USB stick, which is where I'm running terminal commands from. I want to be able to boot from my external drive on any computer.

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Ubuntu Installation :: No GRUB Menu At All?

Feb 1, 2011

I just restored my Windows partition from SFS so at least it's read by boot info. It says it's booting the Windows partition but it always boots straight into Ubuntu with no GRUB menu at all. Heres my boot info...


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Oct 7, 2010

I have a simple question, what is the best way to clean up or edit my boot screen menu on Ubuntu...? I'm running 2.6.32-25-generic #44-Ubuntu SMP UTC 2010 x86_64 GNU/Linux. I have run about 5 upgrades and the older Kernels still show up.

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Feb 18, 2010

I have just installed Mythbuntu 9.10 on my Windows 7 PC to experiment with. I want to make Wingows 7 the default for the time being, but can't find a way to change grub's list. I don't seem to have the file /boot/grub/menu.lst and can't find anything else which might suit.

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May 4, 2010

I am using kubuntu 9.04 dual booting with winXP. The package kit showed that I have 179 bug fixes. So I updated them.Now the boot time grub menu shows 6(two different versions for kubuntu and kubuntu recovery mode) entries instead of usual 4(winXp + kubuntu + kubuntu recovery mode + memtest). My grub.cfg file is as follows:


# It is automatically generated by /usr/sbin/grub-mkconfig using templates
# from /etc/grub.d and settings from /etc/default/grub


What is wrong. How can I change the entries. Which one to remove ?

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Sep 12, 2010

I have dual-booted Windows XP and Ubuntu. Because Ubuntu 10.04 doesn't have the required proprietary drivers for my system, I chose Ubuntu 8.04. The installation procedure went well, the drivers are there, everything's perfect but... there's a problem with the GRUB menu that appears just after launching my laptop.

When I first installed Ubuntu it showed Ubuntu (and some letters and numbers), another instance for recovery mode, some memory test lines (I guess there are two of them) and Windows XP.

But after I used the software updater in Ubuntu (to make it up-to-date), the grub bootloader shows two more lines - and those are the same as the first two - Ubuntu (with some letters and symbols) and Ubuntu recovery mode.

Why are those duplicates there? I've never installed another Ubuntu OS on my PC. Because at the moment I have two Ubuntu and two Ubuntu recovery mode lines .

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Ubuntu Installation :: Why Grub Menu Doesn't Appear?

Dec 30, 2010

I've done a clean install of XP Pro on my HP XW8200 (Boot drive is 2x73GB SCSI drives set up as RAID 1)I've run the Ubuntu 10.10 desktop installer and partitioned the drive, installed ubuntu and rebooted when requested.No OS selection screen appears after POST though. Just goes straight into WinXP. The startup options in XP only show XP.Rebooted from the Ub10.10 live cd and checked that the partition is there and the OS files are there.

Any ideas why the grub menu doesnt appear?I'm assuming it's something to do with Ubuntu not seeing the RAID drive but it did install ok..

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Jul 5, 2011

I've installed 11.04 on my laptop (dual boot with Win7). It goes through the grub boot menu and boots in ubuntu but displays ~inch wide band near the top, nothing else. I assume it is a display issue (it has an ATI mobile Radeon HD 3870 X2 card) but can't seem to resolve problem. I can boot into Windows via the menu. In the grub menu I can boot into the command line (grub>) but can't seem to make progress beyond that. Within this grub interface, it won't take terminal commands.

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Jul 28, 2011

I installed Ubuntu 11.04 (x64) today. I use an LG LCD monitor. After installation, I am unable to see the grub menu. I get a 'D-sub out of range 92.5 kHz / 58 Hz' message on screen instead of grub menu. I know the grub menu is there because, by pressing the 'down' button 5 times and then the 'enter' button I am able to select the windows loader. If I select nothing I am able to log into ubuntu without any display problem.

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Nov 20, 2010

my Setup is Fedora 14 x64 + radeon hd 4830 i've downloaded .run package from ati site with latest driver for x64 systems. installed it, but didn't edited grub.conf becouse i didn't understood anything there (probably didn't spent enough time to get things understand) Now i've lost possibility to enter my Fedora system. during boot it lost it's modern blue boot screen (with filling drop), it was replaced by standard old boot screen with triple-color stripe. after this boot screen monitor start blinking going on and off. and on last step i'm getting "Fedora 14 boot bla bla bla something" on screen. nothing works except Ctrl+Alt+Delete. system reboots showing successful daemons shutting sequence. How can i edit grub menu from initial grub screen is it possible to it's own 'e' option or 'c' from grub command line?

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Mar 18, 2011

I installed F14 from my usb according to the wiki page using unetbootin. The usb boots perfectly and i get a working F14 system. I partitioned my HD with gparted and got a /,/home and swap partition, then used the installer to install the system using them. The installer finishes without a problem and ask me to reboot. When I reboot , there is a blank black screen. No grub menu , no fedora loading. I reboot with the usb and the partitions are full with the files from F14 , there is no xorg.log in the /var/log/ so f14 doesn't even start so the problem seems to be with grub.

I check the grub.conf in /boot/ , i set the timeout to 5 secs , i check that the kernel is using nomodeset (according to this wiki page there is a problem with ati), xorg.conf is using vesa as a driver and I reinstall grub with grub-install with no problems.My notebook is a acer aspire 5552 , i don't think is a hardware problem because I've used arch and opensuse with no problems in it. Fedora seems a nice distro , but this error is preventing me from using it.

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