Struggling to get Kubuntu to boot.

#1
Hi, I have been running vista on a sata raid setup for a while and I just recently added another pata drive and installed XP to the first half and now Kubuntu 7.04 to the second half of the drive.
I have vista and xp booting fine but I just can't figure out what to do to get linux booting.

I am not sure if Kubuntu installed GRUB as I did not specify to install it on the linux partition and I had to completely rebuild the bcd via the vista recovery console.

If I add a linux entry I seem to get a blank menu.lst and if I try to boot it complains something about neogrub.mbr.

I have little idea how to configure/modify these files and I can't seem to access the documentation.

Any help is much appreciated.
 
#3
Many thanks.

I still can't make head nor tail of some of the grub syntax, e.g. kernel

I'd prefer to just use neogrub but I don't understand how to find the necessary details for configuring menu.lst, specifically the kernel and initrd entries.
Kubuntu 7.04(Feisty?) is the version I have installed.

If in the end I do have to boot into Kubuntu via a live cd, is it worth re-installing grub to the linux partition while I'm in there?
 

mqudsi

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#4
You can reinstall GRUB with just Super GRUB Disk, no need for the full live CD.
 
#5
You can reinstall GRUB with just Super GRUB Disk, no need for the full live CD.
Is it necessary to install grub? I was hoping I could use the grubless entry in EasyBCD.
I have the live cd to hand and if I boot into Kubuntu I can probably find my kernel version etc. to add to menu.lst.
 

mqudsi

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#6
In that case you don't need to install GRUB.

Just edit menu.lst and use Grubless Linux. Be sure to delete any existing Linux entries in EasyBCD first, though.
 
#7
Success!

Many thanks CG.
First attempt with 1.7.1 and it is now booting Kubuntu.

Adding this to menu.lst did the trick:
Code:
#Kubuntu
root (hd1,1)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.17-10-generic ro root=/dev/hdb2
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.17-10-generic
The ability to basically edit menu.lst in GRUB4DOS is also very nice.
 

mqudsi

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#8
Awesome news.

Is that C:\NST\menu.lst or /boot/grub/menu.lst?
 

mqudsi

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#10
It should - but no matter, I wanted to be sure it was the NeoGrub file that was being modified :smile: