Unable to open Win7 on dual boot/dualHD PC

Asked by JOHN on 2013-01-01

I am unable to open Win7. The system slowly deteriorated over a month and now I can't get Win7 to open except in Safe Mode. A responder in SevenForums suggested a solution but said first uninstall GRUB. When searching for uninstall information I came across the Boot Info Script information and ran it. Here is the resulting file. I have no idea how to read it. Do I have a problem with GRUB?
John in Houston

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                  Boot Info Script 0.61 [1 April 2012]

============================= Boot Info Summary: ===============================

 => Windows is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda.
 => Grub2 (v1.99) is installed in the MBR of /dev/sdb and looks at sector 1 of
    the same hard drive for core.img. core.img is at this location and looks
    for (,msdos1)/boot/grub on this drive.

sda1: __________________________________________________________________________

    File system: ntfs
    Boot sector type: Windows Vista/7: NTFS
    Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
    Operating System:
    Boot files: /bootmgr /Boot/BCD

sda2: __________________________________________________________________________

    File system: ntfs
    Boot sector type: Windows Vista/7: NTFS
    Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
    Operating System: Windows 7
    Boot files: /Windows/System32/winload.exe

sdb1: __________________________________________________________________________

    File system: ext4
    Boot sector type: -
    Boot sector info:
    Operating System: Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS
    Boot files: /boot/grub/grub.cfg /etc/fstab /boot/grub/core.img

sdb2: __________________________________________________________________________

    File system: Extended Partition
    Boot sector type: -
    Boot sector info:

sdb5: __________________________________________________________________________

    File system: swap
    Boot sector type: -
    Boot sector info:

============================ Drive/Partition Info: =============================

Drive: sda _____________________________________________________________________

Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders, total 976773168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

Partition Boot Start Sector End Sector # of Sectors Id System

/dev/sda1 * 2,048 206,847 204,800 7 NTFS / exFAT / HPFS
/dev/sda2 206,848 976,773,119 976,566,272 7 NTFS / exFAT / HPFS

Drive: sdb _____________________________________________________________________

Disk /dev/sdb: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders, total 625142448 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

Partition Boot Start Sector End Sector # of Sectors Id System

/dev/sdb1 * 2,048 599,740,415 599,738,368 83 Linux
/dev/sdb2 599,742,462 625,141,759 25,399,298 5 Extended
/dev/sdb5 599,742,464 625,141,759 25,399,296 82 Linux swap / Solaris

"blkid" output: ________________________________________________________________

Device UUID TYPE LABEL

/dev/sda1 15B65CD787291CE0 ntfs
/dev/sda2 4FF44861448FD20B ntfs
/dev/sdb1 2a06ac78-5a6f-4a31-976e-a47040875aa6 ext4
/dev/sdb5 26be3a47-0ad8-4cff-a1b2-19205e91e9a2 swap

================================ Mount points: =================================

Device Mount_Point Type Options

/dev/sdb1 / ext4 (rw,errors=remount-ro)

=========================== sdb1/boot/grub/grub.cfg: ===========================

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#
# DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE
#
# It is automatically generated by grub-mkconfig using templates
# from /etc/grub.d and settings from /etc/default/grub
#

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/00_header ###
if [ -s $prefix/grubenv ]; then
  set have_grubenv=true
  load_env
fi
set default="0"
if [ "${prev_saved_entry}" ]; then
  set saved_entry="${prev_saved_entry}"
  save_env saved_entry
  set prev_saved_entry=
  save_env prev_saved_entry
  set boot_once=true
fi

function savedefault {
  if [ -z "${boot_once}" ]; then
    saved_entry="${chosen}"
    save_env saved_entry
  fi
}

function recordfail {
  set recordfail=1
  if [ -n "${have_grubenv}" ]; then if [ -z "${boot_once}" ]; then save_env recordfail; fi; fi
}

function load_video {
  insmod vbe
  insmod vga
  insmod video_bochs
  insmod video_cirrus
}

insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(hd1,msdos1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 2a06ac78-5a6f-4a31-976e-a47040875aa6
if loadfont /boot/grub/unicode.pf2 ; then
  set gfxmode=auto
  load_video
  insmod gfxterm
  insmod part_msdos
  insmod ext2
  set root='(hd1,msdos1)'
  search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 2a06ac78-5a6f-4a31-976e-a47040875aa6
  set locale_dir=($root)/boot/grub/locale
  set lang=en_US
  insmod gettext
fi
terminal_output gfxterm
if [ "${recordfail}" = 1 ]; then
  set timeout=-1
else
  set timeout=15
fi
### END /etc/grub.d/00_header ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###
insmod part_msdos
insmod ext2
set root='(hd1,msdos1)'
search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 2a06ac78-5a6f-4a31-976e-a47040875aa6
insmod jpeg
if background_image /boot/grub/.background_cache.jpeg; then
  set color_normal=yellow/light-gray
  set color_highlight=brown/light-gray
else
  set menu_color_normal=white/black
  set menu_color_highlight=black/light-gray
  if background_color 44,0,30; then
    clear
  fi
fi
### END /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/10_linux_proxy ###
menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 3.5.0-18-generic' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
 recordfail
 set gfxpayload=$linux_gfx_mode
 insmod gzio
 insmod part_msdos
 insmod ext2
 set root='(hd1,msdos1)'
 search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 2a06ac78-5a6f-4a31-976e-a47040875aa6
 linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.5.0-18-generic root=UUID=2a06ac78-5a6f-4a31-976e-a47040875aa6 ro quiet splash vt.handoff=7
 initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.5.0-18-generic
}
menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 3.5.0-18-generic (recovery mode)' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
 recordfail
 insmod gzio
 insmod part_msdos
 insmod ext2
 set root='(hd1,msdos1)'
 search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 2a06ac78-5a6f-4a31-976e-a47040875aa6
 echo 'Loading Linux 3.5.0-18-generic ...'
 linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.5.0-18-generic root=UUID=2a06ac78-5a6f-4a31-976e-a47040875aa6 ro recovery nomodeset
 echo 'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
 initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.5.0-18-generic
}
if [ ${recordfail} != 1 ]; then
  if [ -e ${prefix}/gfxblacklist.txt ]; then
    if hwmatch ${prefix}/gfxblacklist.txt 3; then
      if [ ${match} = 0 ]; then
        set linux_gfx_mode=keep
      else
        set linux_gfx_mode=text
      fi
    else
      set linux_gfx_mode=text
    fi
  else
    set linux_gfx_mode=keep
  fi
else
  set linux_gfx_mode=text
fi
export linux_gfx_mode
if [ "$linux_gfx_mode" != "text" ]; then load_video; fi
### END /etc/grub.d/10_linux_proxy ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_linux_xen ###
### END /etc/grub.d/20_linux_xen ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###
menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+)" {
 insmod part_msdos
 insmod ext2
 set root='(hd1,msdos1)'
 search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 2a06ac78-5a6f-4a31-976e-a47040875aa6
 linux16 /boot/memtest86+.bin
}
menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+, serial console 115200)" {
 insmod part_msdos
 insmod ext2
 set root='(hd1,msdos1)'
 search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 2a06ac78-5a6f-4a31-976e-a47040875aa6
 linux16 /boot/memtest86+.bin console=ttyS0,115200n8
}
### END /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
menuentry "Windows 7 (loader) (on /dev/sda1)" --class windows --class os {
 insmod part_msdos
 insmod ntfs
 set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
 search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root 15B65CD787291CE0
 chainloader +1
}
### END /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###
# This file provides an easy way to add custom menu entries. Simply type the
# menu entries you want to add after this comment. Be careful not to change
# the 'exec tail' line above.
### END /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###

### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/41_custom ###
if [ -f $prefix/custom.cfg ]; then
  source $prefix/custom.cfg;
fi
### END /etc/grub.d/41_custom ###
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

=============================== sdb1/etc/fstab: ================================

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
#
# Use 'blkid' to print the universally unique identifier for a
# device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name devices
# that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
#
# <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>
proc /proc proc nodev,noexec,nosuid 0 0
# / was on /dev/sda1 during installation
UUID=2a06ac78-5a6f-4a31-976e-a47040875aa6 / ext4 errors=remount-ro 0 1
# swap was on /dev/sda5 during installation
UUID=26be3a47-0ad8-4cff-a1b2-19205e91e9a2 none swap sw 0 0
/dev/fd0 /media/floppy0 auto rw,user,noauto,exec,utf8 0 0
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

=================== sdb1: Location of files loaded by Grub: ====================

           GiB - GB File Fragment(s)

               = boot/grub/core.img 1
               = boot/grub/grub.cfg 1
               = boot/initrd.img-2.6.32-21-generic 1
               = boot/initrd.img-2.6.32-41-generic 1
               = boot/initrd.img-3.5.0-18-generic 2
               = boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-21-generic 1
               = boot/vmlinuz-2.6.32-41-generic 2
               = boot/vmlinuz-3.5.0-18-generic 2
               = initrd.img 2
               = initrd.img.old 2
               = vmlinuz 2
               = vmlinuz.old 2

=============================== StdErr Messages: ===============================

xz: (stdin): Compressed data is corrupt
awk: cmd. line:36: Math support is not compiled in
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awk: cmd. line:36: Math support is not compiled in
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2013-01-01
N1ck 7h0m4d4k15 (nicktux) said : #1

Hi ,
you have to Hard Drives. As I can see from boot-info .

dev/sda and /dev/sdb ,

On the first hard drive /dev/sda , Windows are installed to the MBR..
on the second hard drive /dev/sdb , grub is installed to the MBR..

POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS

a) Use boot-repair from a Live Ubuntu CD/DVD/USB.

Boot from Ubuntu Live and choose "Try Ubuntu"
Open a terminal (CTRL+ALT+T) and execute the commands below with order (you can copy-paste from here)

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yannubuntu/boot-repair && sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install -y boot-repair && boot-repair

at the opened Window , choose [Recommended Repair] and when finish , reboot your PC. (of course remove the Ubuntu media)

b) Change the BIOS boot order.

Boot into BIOS configuration page and change the boot order. Place first the other HDD.

Thanks

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