Need to edit grub?

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  1. colinp

    colinp Registered Member

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    A quick question. I have just installed Xubuntu as a dual boot with XP. However, I wanted ubuntu desktop (installed the wrong version), so I have just downloaded the desktop version and will delete the xubuntu partitions and install desktop, but will it overwrite or replace with a new grub, or will it just add a new entry for desktop and leave the entry for X, that of course will no longer be there.
    So, will I have to edit grub and take out the non-existent reference to xubuntu?

    I have grub on hd0, which is the C partition in windows, then the "/" and "swap" are the next two partitons that will be deleted, then re-created with ubuntu desktop.

    Colin
     
  2. iceni60

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    it should edit it for you, or more likely start from scratch i think. whatever, it's not difficult to edit grub even if it's wrong you can find it at /boot/grub/menu.lst

    you could have just installed the gnome desktop from xubuntu and logged into gnome at the login.
     
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  4. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Hello,

    The installer will take care of GRUB, no worries.
    When you install the new distro, if you format the root partition, the GRUB menu will also be gone, so you'll get a brand new one.

    The beauty of GRUB is that the menu itself sits anywhere you want, on any partition. The Partition Table (MBR) part is merely a pointer to this file.

    Mrk
     
  5. colinp

    colinp Registered Member

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    Thanks, that's kind of what I thought. So I will install ubuntu this weekend, even though xubuntu works just fine.
    So once again, thanks guys.

    Colin
     
  6. colinp

    colinp Registered Member

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    Installed ubuntu this morning and grub is working just fine, all references to x is gone. I must say desktop is much nicer than xubuntu.
     
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