XP32, Vista64, Kubuntu9.04 AMD64 tri-boot problem

#1
Hi everyone.
I have been trying to get my tri-boot system up and running for a few days now. I am using EasyBCD 2.0 build60 and I can boot XP and Vista with no problems but Kubuntu just won't cooperate. If anyone can help me, please let me know what I can do 'cause I'm out of ideas. Here is my system config:
-single SATA hard drive with XP Pro32 on the first partition
-Vista Home Premium 64 on second partition
-Kubuntu 9.04 AMD64 on (hd0,5) (ext4) with Grub installed on the same partition (/dev/sda6)
All NeoGrub stuff is on the first (XP) partition.
Here is what happens:
-If I create an entry for Kubuntu checking the box that says "Grub is not insta....." the system crashes to a grub shell
-If I use any of the other scripts I found in the forums I end up with an error 15 or 18 saying "file... not found"
I'll post the whole menu.lst from the grub on /dev/sda6 maybe someone can figure out what's going on.
Thank you in advance.

Code:
# menu.lst - See: grub(8), info grub, update-grub(8)
#            grub-install(8), grub-floppy(8),
#            grub-md5-crypt, /usr/share/doc/grub
#            and /usr/share/doc/grub-doc/.
## default num
# Set the default entry to the entry number NUM. Numbering starts from 0, and
# the entry number 0 is the default if the command is not used.
#
# You can specify 'saved' instead of a number. In this case, the default entry
# is the entry saved with the command 'savedefault'.
# WARNING: If you are using dmraid do not use 'savedefault' or your
# array will desync and will not let you boot your system.
default  0
## timeout sec
# Set a timeout, in SEC seconds, before automatically booting the default entry
# (normally the first entry defined).
timeout  10
## hiddenmenu
# Hides the menu by default (press ESC to see the menu)
#hiddenmenu
# Pretty colours
#color cyan/blue white/blue
## password ['--md5'] passwd
# If used in the first section of a menu file, disable all interactive editing
# control (menu entry editor and command-line)  and entries protected by the
# command 'lock'
# e.g. password topsecret
#      password --md5 $1$gLhU0/$aW78kHK1QfV3P2b2znUoe/
# password topsecret
#
# examples
#
# title  Windows 95/98/NT/2000
# root  (hd0,0)
# makeactive
# chainloader +1
#
# title  Linux
# root  (hd0,1)
# kernel /vmlinuz root=/dev/hda2 ro
#
#
# Put static boot stanzas before and/or after AUTOMAGIC KERNEL LIST
### BEGIN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST
## lines between the AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST markers will be modified
## by the debian update-grub script except for the default options below
## DO NOT UNCOMMENT THEM, Just edit them to your needs
## ## Start Default Options ##
## default kernel options
## default kernel options for automagic boot options
## If you want special options for specific kernels use kopt_x_y_z
## where x.y.z is kernel version. Minor versions can be omitted.
## e.g. kopt=root=/dev/hda1 ro
##      kopt_2_6_8=root=/dev/hdc1 ro
##      kopt_2_6_8_2_686=root=/dev/hdc2 ro
# kopt=root=UUID=24820abe-e8d6-41f7-b63a-756bf3c8b502 ro
## default grub root device
## e.g. groot=(hd0,0)
# groot=24820abe-e8d6-41f7-b63a-756bf3c8b502
## should update-grub create alternative automagic boot options
## e.g. alternative=true
##      alternative=false
# alternative=true
## should update-grub lock alternative automagic boot options
## e.g. lockalternative=true
##      lockalternative=false
# lockalternative=false
## additional options to use with the default boot option, but not with the
## alternatives
## e.g. defoptions=vga=791 resume=/dev/hda5
# defoptions=quiet splash
## should update-grub lock old automagic boot options
## e.g. lockold=false
##      lockold=true
# lockold=false
## Xen hypervisor options to use with the default Xen boot option
# xenhopt=
## Xen Linux kernel options to use with the default Xen boot option
# xenkopt=console=tty0
## altoption boot targets option
## multiple altoptions lines are allowed
## e.g. altoptions=(extra menu suffix) extra boot options
##      altoptions=(recovery) single
# altoptions=(recovery mode) single
## controls how many kernels should be put into the menu.lst
## only counts the first occurence of a kernel, not the
## alternative kernel options
## e.g. howmany=all
##      howmany=7
# howmany=all
## specify if running in Xen domU or have grub detect automatically
## update-grub will ignore non-xen kernels when running in domU and vice versa
## e.g. indomU=detect
##      indomU=true
##      indomU=false
# indomU=detect
## should update-grub create memtest86 boot option
## e.g. memtest86=true
##      memtest86=false
# memtest86=true
## should update-grub adjust the value of the default booted system
## can be true or false
# updatedefaultentry=false
## should update-grub add savedefault to the default options
## can be true or false
# savedefault=false
## ## End Default Options ##
title  Ubuntu 9.04, kernel 2.6.28-11-generic
uuid  24820abe-e8d6-41f7-b63a-756bf3c8b502
kernel  /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.28-11-generic root=UUID=24820abe-e8d6-41f7-b63a-756bf3c8b502 ro quiet splash 
initrd  /boot/initrd.img-2.6.28-11-generic
quiet
title  Ubuntu 9.04, kernel 2.6.28-11-generic (recovery mode)
uuid  24820abe-e8d6-41f7-b63a-756bf3c8b502
kernel  /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.28-11-generic root=UUID=24820abe-e8d6-41f7-b63a-756bf3c8b502 ro  single
initrd  /boot/initrd.img-2.6.28-11-generic
title  Ubuntu 9.04, memtest86+
uuid  24820abe-e8d6-41f7-b63a-756bf3c8b502
kernel  /boot/memtest86+.bin
quiet
### END DEBIAN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST
# This is a divider, added to separate the menu items below from the Debian
# ones.
title  Other operating systems:
root

# This entry automatically added by the Debian installer for a non-linux OS
# on /dev/sda1
title  Windows Vista (loader)
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
savedefault
chainloader +1
 

Terry60

Knows where his towel is.
Staff member
#2
Hi Bordea, welcome to NST.
If your Linux is on the same HDD, you don't need to use Neogrub.
Try deleting the Linux entry and add it again without ticking the "grub is not........." box. and it should successfully link directly to the grub in the Linux partition you select from the drop-down.
 

Terry60

Knows where his towel is.
Staff member
#4
That "grub is not...." box is due for an overhaul in an upcoming release to add a bit more information.
It's not sufficiently clear at the moment in which circumstances it should be ticked, though it does get a mention in the last point of the FAQ sticky.