Grub 2 won't load XP

Bug #488685 reported by von Stalhein on 2009-11-26
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This bug affects 4 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
grub2 (Ubuntu)
Undecided
Unassigned
Nominated for Lucid by scaletta82

Bug Description

Binary package hint: grub2

Ubuntu 9.10, trying to dual boot with XP. Both OS's on separate SATA HDDs.
Installed Karmic from the Alternate CD, and tried numerous re-installs of grub, and sudo update-grub
Despite grub.cfg reporting correct config in respect of disks & partitions, XP won't load. Karmic disk is first in BIOS, and if boot order is changed, XP boots and operates fine. Karmic is stable from grub menu boot.
It *seems* when selected from grub menu, that the XP HDD is accessed (LED operates) but after about 20 seconds of a blinking cursor which then stops and the screen blanks, the system requires a hard reset to become accessible back into Karmic.

Details: -
:~$ sudo update-grub
Generating grub.cfg ...
Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.31-15-generic
Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-2.6.31-15-generic
Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.31-14-generic
Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-2.6.31-14-generic
Found memtest86+ image: /boot/memtest86+.bin
Found Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition on /dev/sda1
done

sudo fdisk -l /dev/sda :-
Code:
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Disk /dev/sda: 120.0 GB, 120034123776 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 14593 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x960c960c

   Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 14593 117218241 7 HPFS/NTFS
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sudo fdisk -l /dev/sdb :-
Code:
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Disk /dev/sdb: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xf66fc667

   Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 * 1 1309 10514511 83 Linux
/dev/sdb2 1310 18705 139733370 83 Linux
/dev/sdb3 18706 19457 6040440 5 Extended
/dev/sdb5 18706 19457 6040408+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris

grub.cfg
Code
-----------
#
# DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE
#
# It is automatically generated by /usr/sbin/grub-mkconfig using templates
# from /etc/grub.d and settings from /etc/default/grub
#

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/00_header ###
if [ -s /boot/grub/grubenv ]; then
  have_grubenv=true
  load_env
fi
set default="0"
if [ ${prev_saved_entry} ]; then
  saved_entry=${prev_saved_entry}
  save_env saved_entry
  prev_saved_entry=
  save_env prev_saved_entry
fi
insmod ext2
set root=(hd1,1)
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set ece48d4f-95ce-4c32-8ae6-20c3f3563597
if loadfont /usr/share/grub/unicode.pf2 ; then
  set gfxmode=640x480
  insmod gfxterm
  insmod vbe
  if terminal_output gfxterm ; then true ; else
    # For backward compatibility with versions of terminal.mod that don't
    # understand terminal_output
    terminal gfxterm
  fi
fi
if [ ${recordfail} = 1 ]; then
  set timeout=-1
else
  set timeout=15
fi
### END /etc/grub.d/00_header ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###
set menu_color_normal=white/black
set menu_color_highlight=black/white
### END /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###
menuentry "Ubuntu, Linux 2.6.31-15-generic" {
        recordfail=1
        if [ -n ${have_grubenv} ]; then save_env recordfail; fi
    set quiet=1
    insmod ext2
    set root=(hd1,1)
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set ece48d4f-95ce-4c32-8ae6-20c3f3563597
    linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.31-15-generic root=UUID=ece48d4f-95ce-4c32-8ae6-20c3f3563597 ro quiet splash
    initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.31-15-generic
}
menuentry "Ubuntu, Linux 2.6.31-15-generic (recovery mode)" {
        recordfail=1
        if [ -n ${have_grubenv} ]; then save_env recordfail; fi
    insmod ext2
    set root=(hd1,1)
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set ece48d4f-95ce-4c32-8ae6-20c3f3563597
    linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.31-15-generic root=UUID=ece48d4f-95ce-4c32-8ae6-20c3f3563597 ro single
    initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.31-15-generic
}
menuentry "Ubuntu, Linux 2.6.31-14-generic" {
        recordfail=1
        if [ -n ${have_grubenv} ]; then save_env recordfail; fi
    set quiet=1
    insmod ext2
    set root=(hd1,1)
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set ece48d4f-95ce-4c32-8ae6-20c3f3563597
    linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.31-14-generic root=UUID=ece48d4f-95ce-4c32-8ae6-20c3f3563597 ro quiet splash
    initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.31-14-generic
}
menuentry "Ubuntu, Linux 2.6.31-14-generic (recovery mode)" {
        recordfail=1
        if [ -n ${have_grubenv} ]; then save_env recordfail; fi
    insmod ext2
    set root=(hd1,1)
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set ece48d4f-95ce-4c32-8ae6-20c3f3563597
    linux /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.31-14-generic root=UUID=ece48d4f-95ce-4c32-8ae6-20c3f3563597 ro single
    initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.31-14-generic
}
### END /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###
menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+)" {
    linux16 /boot/memtest86+.bin
}
menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+, serial console 115200)" {
    linux16 /boot/memtest86+.bin console=ttyS0,115200n8
}
### END /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
menuentry "Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition (on /dev/sda1)" {
    insmod ntfs
    set root=(hd0,1)
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 01c3d871f965ac80
    drivemap -s (hd0) ${root}
    chainloader +1
}
### END /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###
# This file provides an easy way to add custom menu entries. Simply type the
# menu entries you want to add after this comment. Be careful not to change
# the 'exec tail' line above.
### END /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###

Have been trying to fix this for a week now.

ProblemType: Bug
Architecture: i386
CheckboxSubmission: ed96ad64f26b47f38bf766e971c7625f
CheckboxSystem: daed2f3d6643b4a84b4520a2427f8c2b
Date: Thu Nov 26 21:28:41 2009
DistroRelease: Ubuntu 9.10
NonfreeKernelModules: nvidia
Package: grub2 1.97~beta4-1ubuntu4
ProcEnviron:
 LANG=en_AU.UTF-8
 SHELL=/bin/bash
ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.31-15.50-generic
SourcePackage: grub2
Uname: Linux 2.6.31-15-generic i686

von Stalhein (stephench) wrote :

It's been some time since this bug was reported and we were wondering if you were still experiencing it with Ubuntu 11.04?

Changed in grub2 (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

[Expired for grub2 (Ubuntu) because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

Changed in grub2 (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Expired
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