Ubuntu: Windows XP - Ubuntu 12.04 Dual Boot Problem


boot repair output

installed 12.04 alongside XP, but no grub selection at boot, defaults to Ubuntu only. I've tried reinstalling several times. I can boot to XP by using boot repair and then can boot back to Ubuntu by using repair off of USB, but I've still not been able to create the boot option for both? What settings in boot repair should I use to achieve this? Or is there another way? Speak slowly as I am n00b.


I would give Boot Repair a go which you can find details about here


This as they detail is

Boot-Repair is a simple tool to repair frequent boot issues you may encounter in Ubuntu like when you can't boot Ubuntu after installing Windows or another Linux distribution, or when you can't boot Windows after installing Ubuntu, or when GRUB is not displayed anymore, some upgrade breaks GRUB, etc.

As it looks as if your Ubuntu is at least working I would install it in Ubuntu using the following commands in a terminal (which may look tricksy but it is not really. Open a terminal up (ctrl-alt-t) and type in the following:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yannubuntu/boot-repair && sudo apt-get update  


sudo apt-get install -y boot-repair && boot-repair  

The link above has a guide on how to use but basically it is as follows :

Using Boot-Repair

Recommended repair

launch Boot-Repair from either :      the dash (Unity)        System->Administration->Boot-Repair menu (Gnome)      by typing 'boot-repair' in a terminal   Then try "Recommended repair" button. When repair is finished, note the URL that appeared on a paper, then reboot and check if you recovered access to your OSs.   

Hope that helps

Let us know how you get on.


Simple answer to your question. While your computer boots, hold the shift key and you should see the grub menu. :)

You may want to configure grub to stop this behavior, I recommend trying grub customizer. Here's a link with all the info you need on that: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1664134


I would recommend that you use Super Grub Disk. You can Get it Here

I hope that will work for you.


As you have the "out of range" error, just use the "out of range" option of Boot-Repair (Boot-Repair -> Advanced options -> GRUB options -> out of range).

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