Ubuntu startup on the second drive

Nleg

New Member
#1
Hi,
I read many threads, but I didn’t find what I need:x...

I already installed 2 SSD + 1 HD (all in SATA configuration) on Sabertooth X79 MB and I installed Win 7 on the first SSD + others partitions for other scopes (data & others); then, I installed Ubuntu 13.04 on the second SSD + another one partition (for Linux data); then, I made only one partition, for bck purpose, on the third HD drive.
I didn’t use GPT drives, but only in MBR config; so I didn’t use UEFI config.

My fdisk –l output follows:

Disk /dev/sda: 256.1 GB, 256060514304 bytes
255 testine, 63 settori/tracce, 31130 cilindri, totale 500118192 settori
Unità = settori di 1 * 512 = 512 byte
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Identificativo disco: 0x45702917

Dispositivo Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 2048 206847 102400 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda2 206848 314779647 157286400 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT <== here Win 7
/dev/sda3 314779648 356722687 20971520 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda4 356724734 500115455 71695361 f W95 Esteso (LBA)
/dev/sda5 356724736 500115455 71695360 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT

Disk /dev/sdb: 32.0 GB, 32017047552 bytes
255 testine, 63 settori/tracce, 3892 cilindri, totale 62533296 settori
Unità = settori di 1 * 512 = 512 byte
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Identificativo disco: 0x3eaec8b7

Dispositivo Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 2048 31459079 15728516 83 Linux <== here Ubuntu
/dev/sdb2 31459328 62527487 15534080 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT

Disk /dev/sdc: 150.0 GB, 150039945216 bytes
255 testine, 63 settori/tracce, 18241 cilindri, totale 293046768 settori
Unità = settori di 1 * 512 = 512 byte
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Identificativo disco: 0x408d408c

Dispositivo Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdc1 2048 293044223 146521088 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT

I deleted Active attribute on the first partition of the second SSD (where is Ubuntu), because somebody wrote it could be the reason for the missing Ubuntu startup.

Now, I would like to keep Win 7 Boot Mgr to choose between the 2 Oss, but when I try to start Ubuntu, a simpe blinking underscore appears and the system is frozen; Grub doesn’t start:angry:.

Grub has been installed on the same partition of the Ubuntu softw, choosing /dev/sdb1 option during the installation time, and I generated the Ubuntu choice, on the Win 7 Boot Mgr, using Easybcd softw, addressing the /dev/sdb1 partition.

If I repeat this procedure, but installing Ubuntu on any partition of the first SSD (/dev/sda3, for ex), all are running well...

I know that, if I install Grub on the first SSD, instead of Win 7 Boot Mgr, all should be ok, but I don’t want to do it.

Can anybody help me?


Thanks a lot:smile:
 

Nleg

New Member
#2
I found this comment in a FAQ section of this forum:

If your Linux system is on a different HDD to the one with the active bootloader, and has Grub installed in the Linux partition, you will not be able simply to add a Linux entry to the BCD, you will have to tick the "Use EasyBCD's....." box and EasyBCD will install and use NeoGrub to circumvent the problem for you. This is due to a problem with Grub (not EasyBCD) when it is not on the same HDD as Vista.
If Linux is on the same HDD as Windows "system" (boot) files, then you do not need to tick the box. The chaining will be done directly without Neogrub being needed.

but the proposed solution doesn't work>.<

In this case, the PC works (when I select Ubuntu item in the Win 7 Boot Mgr) and a Neogrub window appears, but this Neogrub doesn't work, because it's finding a grub.conf file, while no grub.conf file is in Linux directories, but only a grub.cfg one:x
 

Terry60

Knows where his towel is.
Staff member
#3
The section you quote applies to legacy grub.
Since Ubuntu 8.10, it has been using grub2
Choose grub2 from the dropdown and EasyBCD will automatically find and configure it.