Wubi, Windows Ubuntu Installer

ntfs5 don't find wubildr

Reported by Fabio Marconi on 2012-03-21
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Bug Description

Shown at boot time [copied from attached video]:
Try (hd0,0): NTFS5: No wubildr
Try (hd0,1): NTFS5: 0
Try (hd0,2): invalid or null
Try (hd0,3): invalid or null
Error: Cannot find GRLDR in all devices. Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart.

**Workaround**
- Start an Ubuntu live session
- In teminal type sudo fdisk -l
- Search for the filesystems HPFS/NTFS/exFat (normally are two and one is tagged with *)
- Generally they are named /dev/sda1 (with the * sign) and /dev/sda2
- Ever in terminal type
- sudo mount /dev/sda1 /mnt
- mkdir /mnt/a
- sudo mount /dev/sda2 /mnt/a
- mv /mnt/a/wubildr /mnt
- mv /mnt/a/wubildr.mbr /mnt
- sudo umount /mnt/a
- sudo umount /mnt/
- sudo reboot
- Select Ubuntu from the bootloader, ignore prefix error, wait the boot screen

Hello
Booted Wubi under win 8 cust prew and selected help me.....
everythings ok till the reboot, right selection screen but it cannot find wubildr
See attached screencast

Fabio Marconi (fabiomarconi) wrote :
tags: added: precise screencast window8
summary: - Win8 don't find
+ ntfs5 don't find wubildr
tags: added: windows8
removed: window8
description: updated

No work has been done on making Wubi work under the new Windows 8 boot
loader arrangements, and it is unlikely that this will happen for 12.04.

bcbc (bcbc) wrote :

I don't think it's a win8 problem. At least it worked flawlessly when I tried it (Win 8 in virtual box). The output of bcdedit matched what I see on Win 7, and the boot mechanism worked the same. Besides, wubildr.mbr seems to be running fine, just can't find the wubildr.

The usual causes for your problem are:
1. no C:\wubildr
2. old bios and wubildr is > 137GB from start of drive
3. apparently severe fragmentation (?)

There are a few posts about win8 and wubi on ubuntuforums.org but they don't seem different from the usual wubi issues.

Fabio Marconi (fabiomarconi) wrote :

Hello
I've reproduced again, with today's build and in real hardware, the problem, so i'll mark as confirmed.
The strange things is that it don't find wubildr in the hd0,1 (dev/sda2) where they are, but is also true that this is the 'work' directory of windows and not flagged as HPFS/NTFS bootable.
Then if I copy the two files, wubildr and wubildr.mbr to the windows bootable directory (/dev/sda1 in my case) it works as expected.
Thanks
Fabio

description: updated
tags: added: workaround
Changed in wubi:
status: New → Confirmed
Fabio Marconi (fabiomarconi) wrote :

NOTE
In tyhis way we can start a live session of Ubuntu, but not to choose to install it because it don't see windows partitions

description: updated
tags: removed: workaround
description: updated
tags: added: workaround
Ubuntu QA Website (ubuntuqa) wrote :

This bug has been reported on the Ubuntu ISO testing tracker.

A list of all reports related to this bug can be found here:
http://iso.qa.ubuntu.com/qatracker/reports/bugs/961707

tags: added: iso-testing
bcbc (bcbc) wrote :

When you boot a live CD, does it see your partitions correctly? Does the output of 'fdisk -l' or 'parted -l' indicate any errors?

Fabio Marconi (fabiomarconi) wrote :

Hello bcbc
Please look at bug 962972

description: updated
Changed in wubi:
importance: Undecided → Medium
bcbc (bcbc) on 2012-05-19
description: updated
Fabio Marconi (fabiomarconi) wrote :

This what actually happens, the loader works only with windows, ubuntu isn't loaded whit the above error.
see attached screenshot

tags: added: quantal
Fabio Marconi (fabiomarconi) wrote :

Interesting to note that the normal alongside installation of precise 12.04.1 (and w8) works as expected

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