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Posted by: nimicitor Apr 30 2008, 06:13 AM

I have just installed Ubuntu on my PC to duel boot with Windows XP Pro which is default.
They each have their own hard drive (with XP having the first).
What should I type in to change the boot order to:
Windows XP, Ubuntu, Ubuntu Recovery Mode, Ubuntu memtest86+.bin?

Do I even need the memtest 86+?
If not then do I change:
## should update-grub create memtest86 boot option
## e.g. memtest86=true
## memtest86=false
# memtest86=true

to false?

Id really appreciate it if someone could edit this and post it back:

title Ubuntu 8.04
root (hd1,0)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-16-generic root=UUID=96b71e89-14e0-4890-a46e-e4a0cc434bd6 ro quiet splash
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-16-generic

title Ubuntu 8.04 (Recovery Mode)
root (hd1,0)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-16-generic root=UUID=96b71e89-14e0-4890-a46e-e4a0cc434bd6 ro single
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-16-generic

title Ubuntu 8.04 memtest86+
root (hd1,0)
kernel /boot/memtest86+.bin


# This is a divider, added to separate the menu items below from the Debian
# ones.
title Other operating systems:

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

Second Question: how do you install fonts in Ubuntu?
I have some Windows fonts id like to use (I think they are ttf) how can I get them to work?

Third Question: In Ubuntu I can see my Windows C drive, but in Windows I cant see the Ubuntu drive.
Is there a way to do it?

Thank you for any help.

Posted by: michaelk Apr 30 2008, 08:34 AM

memtest86 is a special kernel that tests system memory. Most likely you will never need it and if you do you can download and run it from a rescue CD. Setting it to false should remove it from the boot menu. The menu is displayed in order of the grub.conf file. You would need to move all the lines for booting windows above the first Ubuntu listing. However if you just want to boot windows first then change the line
default=0 to default=3 (grub starts at 0 for the first option)

2nd question:

3rd question:
Depends on the filesystem. For ext2/3 you can use ext2 IFS. IMHO I would use a seperate partition for sharing files. That way if something happend then only the share would become corrupted and the other OS would still be functional.

Posted by: arochester Apr 30 2008, 08:56 AM

"What should I type in to change the boot order to: Windows XP, Ubuntu, Ubuntu Recovery Mode, Ubuntu memtest86+.bin?"

It's not hard, but it can change once you have done it...

See "Set Windows as Default OS when Dual Booting Ubuntu" at

Have a look at your Grub Menu. ASSUMING you have no extra kernels then it should appear as 1) Linux 2) Linux Rescue 3) Mem Test and 4) Windows. Windows IN THAT CASE is 4. You set 4 to boot first. When you get an extra kernel it appears as 1) Linux (new) 2) Linux Rescue (new) 3) Mem Test 4) Linux (old) 5) Linux Rescue (old) - Possibly? 6) Mem Test and 7) Windows. It will still boot 4 first - now Linux (old).

It can be easier to delete old kernels to keep Windows at 4.

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