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Repair GRUB2 after install windows 7 : dual boot ubuntu 9.10

November 30, 2009

Fix your grub2 after Windows 7 (Ubuntu installed 1st) installation for dual or multi boot with Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala. Here is how:

Tool required:
Live CD Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala
  • Boot using your live CD 

  • Select " Try Ubuntu without any change to your computer "
  • Once you've login to desktop run Terminal ( Application > Accessories > Terminal )
  • Change to root, using this [enter only blue lines] command in Terminal:
ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo -i
  • Find partition location of your Ubuntu:
root@ubuntu:~# fdisk -l
Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x10031003
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 6374 51199123+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 6375 19457 105089197+ f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda5 6375 11473 40957686 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda6 11474 19457 64131448+ 83 Linux <--- Here

  • Create mount-point for ubuntu's partition
root@ubuntu:~# mkdir /media/root
  • Mount the partition using this line:
root@ubuntu:~# mount /dev/sda6 /media/root
  • Confirm your root location by typing this line:
root@ubuntu:~# ls /media/root
bin dev initrd.img lib32 media proc selinux tmp vmlinuz
boot etc initrd.img.old lib64 mnt root srv usr vmlinuz.old
cdrom home lib lost+found opt sbin sys var
if those line above appear, you may proceed by installing GRUB 2:
root@ubuntu:~# sudo grub-install --root-directory=/media/root /dev/sda
Installation finished. No error reported. This is the contents of the device map /media/root/boot/grub/ Check if this is correct or not. If any of the lines is incorrect, fix it and re-run the script `grub-install'. (hd0) /dev/sda
  • Reboot your system!

No Windows 7 ?
No worries...
  • Boot to your ubuntu
  • Run Terminal to update GRUB2 so that grub able to identify mount-point location for Windows 7. This can be done by typing this command in Terminal:
ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo update-grub2
[sudo] password for ubuntu:
Generating grub.cfg ...
Found Debian background: apollo.tga
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 Windows 7 (loader) on /dev/sda1
Try reboot again & you should be able to see Windows 7 at Grub menu.

Easiest way to auto-mount your ntfs hdd and partition

November 25, 2009

For those who hate password dialogue that appears before mounting hdd or partition, PySDM [Storage Device Manager] is the solution.

Pysdm supported by Ubuntu standard repositories. You may use Synaptic Package Manager (System -> Administration -> Synaptic package Manager) . Or, for those who prefer typing, type this command in terminal:

sudo apt-get install pysdm

How to use:
  • Go to System -> Administration -> Storage Device Manager.
  • Click Assistant

  • select those settings for hdd/partition as picture:

  • Click OK, reboot your computer, enjoy changes.

Disable / hide recent documents

November 24, 2009

How to : disable or hide Recent Documents in Places menu | Panel>Places>Recent Documents
cd ~/.recently-used.xbel
touch ~/.recently-usd.xbel
sudo chattr +i ~/.recently-used.xbel

Install 270++ extra fonts

  • Problem - Need more fonts for my ubuntu.
  • Answer - install various font collection, copy paste this command in terminal:
sudo apt-get install ttf-sil-gentium ttf-dustin ttf-georgewilliams ttf-sjfonts sun-java6-fonts ttf-larabie-deco ttf-larabie-straight ttf-larabie-uncommon

  • Problem - Cant relate fonts with it's look.
  • Answer - Install Specimen Font Previewer, copy paste this command in terminal:
sudo apt-get install gnome-specimen

  • Apps location - Applications>Graphics>Specimen Font Previewer


Long long journey for the Koala

November 23, 2009

from uk to malaysia

it cost me nothing


Ubuntu looks like Windows XP - XPGnome Script

November 14, 2009

Ubuntu looks like Windows XP

Make Gnome look like XP by running this script:

Download Script
Right-click it and select "Extract Here"
Run the "" by double-clicking it and choosing "Run"!
Settings are saved and can be reverted by running the script in the restore folder.

The Road Not Taken

November 12, 2009

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.