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[bug #29977] grub2 will not boot Windows XP

From: Real Name
Subject: [bug #29977] grub2 will not boot Windows XP
Date: Thu, 27 May 2010 18:34:26 +0000
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                 Summary: grub2 will not boot Windows XP
                 Project: GNU GRUB
            Submitted by: zenith_88
            Submitted on: Thu 27 May 2010 06:34:26 PM GMT
                Category: Booting
                Severity: Major
                Priority: 5 - Normal
              Item Group: Software Error
                  Status: None
                 Privacy: Public
             Assigned to: None
         Originator Name: Zenith
        Originator Email: address@hidden
             Open/Closed: Open
         Discussion Lock: Any
                 Release: 1.97
         Reproducibility: Every Time
         Planned Release: None



I have Ubuntu 9, now 10 on IDE HDD set in BIOS to boot from. GRUB is
installed by default from the distro setup in the boot record of this HDD.

Windows is on the SATA HDD. I can boot into Windows thru BIOS menu, but when
trying to boot from GRUB menu the screen goes blank, there is a cursor in the
top left corner and the system is frozen. Can only reboot with a reset

All that runs on a MSI motherboard with i845 chipset, IDE HDD attached to
primary master, SATA attached to SII 8512 SATA card.

This exact behaviour continues since I used legacy grub under Fedora 11 and
12 and Centos 5. Under all distros the default options selected at setup will
install grub and add linux and windows menue items, of which only linux will

Using solution from FAQ to swap boot devices was not possible, as the install
already inserted those two lines into the config files. You really have to do
something with windows boot, this has been dragging for too effin long.


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