Major Linux Install and Booting Issues

Lost Completely

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--Full Story--
(I think)

One box has XP on, decided to install linux for fun, Kubuntu 8.10
But decided better to try partitioning ext. hdd and installing directly onto there
Grub went nuts, installed everywhere hd0 and on ext partition.

Deleted grub

dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=1 count=446
now ready for fixmbr when i can find disk

Now to laptop, decided to try using EasyBCD to make Linux Boot off ext. hdd
So far no prob install, but when installed Neogrub I get sent to Grub Screen instead of option to boot linux

Settings Overview Looks like this

There are a total of 3 entries listed in the bootloader.

Default: Microsoft Windows Vista
Timeout: 10 seconds.
Boot Drive: C:\

Entry #1
Name: Microsoft Windows Vista
BCD ID: {current}
Drive: C:\
Bootloader Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe

Entry #2
Name: Linux Ext. Hdrive
BCD ID: {2d8bc68b-1c54-11de-8981-001b3828a686}
Drive: C:\
Bootloader Path: \NST\nst_grub.mbr

Entry #3
Name: Grub
BCD ID: {2d8bc68d-1c54-11de-8981-001b3828a686}
Drive: C:\
Bootloader Path: \NST\NeoGrub.mbr
Menu.lst file looks like this

# NeoSmart NeoGrub Bootloader Configuration File
# This is the NeoGrub configuration file, and should be located at C:\NST\menu.lst
# Please see the EasyBCD Documentation for information on how to create/modify entries:

find --set-root --ignore-floppies /boot/grub/menu.lst
configfile /boot/grub/menu.lst

# All your boot are belong to NeoSmart!
Vista Boots perfectly, only attempting to get kubuntu to boot.

Have Kubuntu Live CD, but CD Drive doesn't work on laptop, and it doesn't seem to recognise my USB pen to boot linux live off there either.

But hope is still there, i can boot pre-mentioned XP box with Live CD to get any files I need.


Any Assistance would be greatly appreciated

Please be warned --- I'm total noob to Linux.


Hello, LC.
Could you please boot from your Kubuntu LiveCD, and choose to "Try Kubuntu with no change to my computer", and when you get to the desktop, browse to /boot/grub/menu.lst on your Kubuntu partition, copy its contents in a document which you save somewhere, and then post its contents in your next post?
Additionally, it would be helpful (while you're still in the Live session) to run the following command in the Applications>Accessories>Terminal, and post its output as well:

sudo fdisk -l (the last letter is a lowecase "L")

The latter suggestion is so we can see at what location your Kubuntu partition is located at, i.e. a place like /dev/sda1 (first hard drive, first partition), /dev/sda2 (first hard drive, second partition), etc.

I believe the problem is a mis-configured menu.lst.

Also, make sure to use the latest beta release of EasyBCD which has more Linux support.