Dual booting fuduntu and windows 7.

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  1. kjdemuth

    kjdemuth Registered Member

    I recently installed fuduntu on a separate partition and have win 7 on another partition. I really really like fuduntu. It has a great interface and its easy to configure. The only thing that I'm finding difficult is the boot options. On other distro's it gave me a menu to change the OS. In fuduntu is says "Automatic booting in 10 sec". It does give the option to press any button to find another menu. It then says fuduntu or other. I figured out other was win 7. How do I go about changing this? I just figured out how to change the order in the grub menu. This is something new and can't find out how to change it. Any help would be appreciated. THanks!
  2. adam993

    adam993 Registered Member

    Just press any key while the text is shown :). You will get an access to boot menu (it's hidden).
    If you want to permanently show the boot menu, you need to open /boot/grub/menu.lst in your favourite text editor with root privileges and comment/delete text "hiddenmenu".
    Let me know if you need additional help.
  3. kjdemuth

    kjdemuth Registered Member

    Thanks adam. From there how do I make it so windows is the first boot option and default. The reason I ask is that primarily I use windows when I'm at home. When I'm out or at work I run linux. When I boot my laptop I like it to default to windows. Is changing the order the same way as doing it in grub2?
  4. kjdemuth

    kjdemuth Registered Member

    Ok let me first say I'm a complete linux noob. How do I get into root? I totally forgot.
  5. moontan

    moontan Registered Member


    right? ;)
  6. m00nbl00d

    m00nbl00d Registered Member

    Look who's back. :argh: :thumb:
  7. kjdemuth

    kjdemuth Registered Member

    Thanks guys. Whats up moontan? Where ya been?
  8. m00nbl00d

    m00nbl00d Registered Member

  9. moontan

    moontan Registered Member

    lol. :D

    been playing with Linux for the last few weeks.
    i'm loving it so far.

    since i switched to Linux, there ain't much for me to read here at Wilders, beside the Linux forum, and the imaging forum once in awhile. lol ;)

    best wishes for the new year folks! :)
  10. vasa1

    vasa1 Registered Member

    "Enlightenment" <==> silence
  11. kjdemuth

    kjdemuth Registered Member

    I'll have to try bodhi again. I didn't care for it too much when I tried it for the first time. Didn't seem to 'flow' for me.
  12. moontan

    moontan Registered Member

    that's the great thing about linux; there's so many distros to chose from.

    if not Bodhi, then i'm sure you'll find something you like. :)
  13. kjdemuth

    kjdemuth Registered Member

    I think I've tried about 12 at the moment. I like mint, fuduntu and pclinux. For some reason I seem to lean towards KDE distro's. I like the look and feel of them.
  14. mack_guy911

    mack_guy911 Registered Member

    sorry for delay its pretty easy


    for grub editing

    [mack@localhost ~]$ su
    Password: *********

    then you get root that is #

    [root@localhost mack]#

    then in root type cd /

    [root@localhost mack]# cd /

    you get into root (/ filesystem)

    [root@localhost /]#

    in root directory type cd /boot/grub you get into grub directory(folder)

    [root@localhost /]# cd /boot/grub

    [root@localhost grub]#

    here in grub type gedit menu.lst ( you can type gedit menu and hit tab button it take rest of file name)

    you get a file opened

    here at bottom

    edit add this entry

    title Microsoft Window 7
    root (hd0,0)
    chainloader +1

    then reboot you get your windows back :))

    adding chainloader in boot with active boot flag to read windows

    remember that

    its going to be (hd0,0) or (hd0,1)

    in fedora trick is (hdx,y)

    where x is your hardisk number and y is your partition number here in fedora base distro grub1 please note that its x=n-1 y=n-1

    means if your hardisk is 1st and partition number is 2 then its become

    x= 1-1 =0 and y = 2-1 = 1

    so your hardisk number is 0 and your second partition number is 1

    (hd0,1) so change according hope this help

    please note that in my case i have 2 hardisk that why its different

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    Last edited: Dec 30, 2011
  15. mack_guy911

    mack_guy911 Registered Member

  16. CogitoTesting

    CogitoTesting Registered Member

    Have you tried Pardus Linux?

  17. kjdemuth

    kjdemuth Registered Member

    Sorry I missed everyone's posts.
    @mack-guy Thanks for the in depth answer. I think that should help me a lot. Thank you.
    @cogitotesting No I haven't tried pardus yet. I just got done trying bodhi again and then freeBSD. I'll give it a try on VM.
    I appreciate everyone's help. It's kind of a weird feeling being the one asking for help. Of course I know that we all were noobs at one point.
  18. moontan

    moontan Registered Member

    please let us know what linux flavor you chose from.

    i am always interested in why people like a product. :)
  19. vasa1

    vasa1 Registered Member

    Great idea. :thumb: This should be a new thread, IMO. Seeing actual cogent reasons as opposed to nonsensical opinionated posts such as "Unity is a disaster" or "XYZLinux suxx" would be helpful especially to those thinking about moving to a safer operating system.
    Will moontan oblige?

    Just to make it clear: there's no harm in just liking something based on taste or aesthetics since both are highly personal and subjective.
  20. moontan

    moontan Registered Member

    i don't mind trying out new things once in awhile and live cd's are a good way to try out new distros.
    however, time is a limited resource and one can only invest so much times trying out these things.

    i might try a few distros in a few months time, when the dust on the Unity/Gnome 'controversies' settles a little...

    one thing for sure since i switched to linux:
    i don't have to worry about firewalls, anti-virus, defragmentors, etc...

    just got to watch out for browser related attacks but that's SOP. ;)
    Last edited: Dec 31, 2011
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