Weird partition arrangements and broken GRUB

Discussion in 'Installation/Configuration' started by doutzen, Jul 27, 2007.

  1. doutzen

    doutzen New Member


    After reading some GRUB tutorials for a good few hours and not getting anywhere, I've decided to post a topic regarding my problem. If it has been covered before please pardon me, I really can't see it :(

    A friend of mine brought in his laptop after he said he couldn't get 'windows booting', and when I had a look at the partition table using gparted, I was presented with the following monstrosity:


    The first fat32 partition is the recovery files that came with the laptop, the rest is a bit of mess really :)

    Relevant bits from /boot/grub/menu.lst:
    title		Debian GNU/Linux, kernel 2.6.18-4-686
    root		(hd0,2)
    kernel		/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.18-4-686 root=/dev/sda3 ro 
    initrd		/boot/initrd.img-2.6.18-4-686
    title		Debian GNU/Linux, kernel 2.6.18-4-686 (single-user mode)
    root		(hd0,2)
    kernel		/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.18-4-686 root=/dev/sda3 ro single
    initrd		/boot/initrd.img-2.6.18-4-686
    title		Microsoft Windows XP
    root		(hd0,3)
    chainloader	+1
    title           Acer eRecovery Management
    root            (hd0,0)
    chainloader     +1

    I've tried all the possible combinations for the root directive of the Windows section, but it doesn't want to load windows.

    Is there any way I can address the ntfs partition within that extended partition, or do I need to modify the structure. (I'd very much prefer not changing the structure, even though it is quite messy)

    I am stuck so any help would be much appreciated.

    Many thanks.
  2. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    Yoiu can try to boot into the Debisn system and run
    IT should correct any mistakes in the /boot/grub/menu.lst file. :)

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