Creating a Dual-Boot Windows XP and Ubuntu Laptop
Subject:   Boot Issues
Date:   2008-02-06 17:20:23
From:   Mordekai
I have followed this guide, and seem to have come unstuck somewhere along the way.
If I set the windows partition to be bootable, then I get the Thinkvantage splash screen, then the windows bootloader, where it will let me choose between "Windows XP" and "Ubuntu". Selecting Windows will boot windows without any issues. Selecting Ubuntu, will simply put me through to a blank, black screen with a blinking cursor at the top left corner.

I have burned a gparted bootable cd whose boot menu gives me a range of options. Amongst these are the 3 options:
1/ Boot Gparted from CD
2/ Boot from first Hard Disk (this is ntfs and the one that Windows is on)
3/ Boot from second Hard Disk (this is the / of the ubuntu install)

IF, with the windows partition still set to be the bootable one, I boot using this cd and choose to boot from the second partition, then I will be presented with "GRUB>" on a black screen.

==So far so good==

If I boot into Gparted and set the ubuntu partition to be bootable. Then starting up the computer will give me a "Cannot find Operating System" message.

Here is the crazy part, if I then boot using the gparted cd, and use its boot loader to "Boot from second Hard Disk", then Ubuntu will boot and display in all its glory.

Can you help?

What the heck is going on?

Thanks in advance.