I have a computer with the following specs -

  • Intel Pentium E2180

  • 945GCM S2L board

  • 2 hdd's namely

    • Seagate Momentus SpinPoint with windows 7 on sda1 , an extended partition sda4 containing 346GB data , 186 GB EXT4(Elementary) , 155 GB (Ubuntu 15.10) and sda8(linux-swap)

    • Seagate Barracuda ATA IV with Windows XP Home

I wanted linux on my PC after windows failed . I liked ubuntu and elementary and decided to install both . Ubuntu installed like a charm and works well . Elementary , I did the same thing . I selected SDA as bootloader device and the 186GB empty ext4 partition as / . The install continued for a while , and I was not at my PC . When I came back , the system was in this weird state , with a mouse pointer and cursor in the top left blinking . I mananged to switch to tty1 and reboot to ubuntu . I saw in this partition that all directories had been created , so I shut down and looked at GRUB . There was no elementary entry only Ubuntu 15.10 and my windows installs . Now what do I do ? I have a live copy of Elementary Freya 0.3.2.

  • Try installing again.Also why do you still use XP :)
    – Suici Doga
    Mar 5, 2016 at 11:19
  • I figured it out - i had to run 'update-grub' in ubuntu . I don't actually use XP , I was just recovering some data from it :)
    – spark
    Mar 7, 2016 at 6:14
  • Then recover the data and remove it
    – Suici Doga
    Mar 7, 2016 at 6:17

1 Answer 1


Run the command

sudo update-grub

This will have grub look for Operating Systems installed on your machine and then update its boot list.

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