ubuntu without grub2

I have windows 7 installed to my pc.
I also needed ubuntu but I was afraid that the Ubuntu bootloader was going to
overwrite the existing. And I wouldn't be able to access windows 7.
(I have had that problem before)
So during the installation i chose not to install grub2 at all.

Now Im using easyBCD beta 2.0.
And I am trying to configure NeoGrub.
(I cannot use the default way that does it all automatically, because that one searches for a grub2 installation, and I do not have one !!)

The settings I use are the following:

title Ubuntu Karmic
root (hd0,4)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.31-14-generic root=UUID=0c3991fb-5320-4afc-8eb2-6cb2551a8504 ro quiet splash
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.31-14-generic

The result is that it starts loading, (i see the ubuntu loading image ) but after that i get a blank screen.

1st question: Do you have any idea what am I doing wrong...?
2nd question: What does the field UUID stand for?
What should i put there? (Now i just copied the number from another of your threads.)

Please help me !! :ldown: Thank you !! :lup:


Mostly Harmless
Staff member

If Ubuntu starts to load but then stops, you most likely need to double-check the UUID value.

How did you obtain the one in the entry above?

A UUID is the "Universally Unique ID" for each partition, and is used to differentiate between them and identify partitions regardless of changes to the order or location.


Mostly Harmless
Staff member
Thank you very much!!! That was the solution !
Congrats on your great software and instant support !
Keep it going!

ps: I found out that if you manage to access a command line of the ubuntu installation
you can see the UUIDs with the blkid command.


Mostly Harmless
Staff member
Yeah, but it's near impossible to get that list from within Windows! :grinning:

Congrats on the dual-boot though :smile: Glad I could help.