HOWTO : easily create a Boot-Info summary

Boot-Repair is a simple tool to repair frequent boot issues you may encounter in Ubuntu like when you can’t boot Ubuntu after installing Windows or another Linux distribution, or when you can’t boot Windows after installing Ubuntu, or when GRUB is not displayed anymore, some upgrade breaks GRUB, etc.

Boot-Repair lets you fix these issues with a simple click, which (generally reinstalls GRUB and) restores access to the operating systems you had installed before the issue.

Boot-Repair also has advanced options to backup table partitions, backup bootsectors, create a Boot-Info-Summary (to get help by email or forum), or change the default repair parameters: configure GRUB, add kernel options (acpi=off …), purge GRUB, change the default OS, restore a Windows-compatible MBR, repair a broken filesystem, specify the disk where GRUB should be installed, etc.

Boot-Repair is a free software, licensed under GNU-GPL. Boot-Repair should be soon included in Ubuntu official repositories, until then use it at your own risks.

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Getting Boot-Repair

 

1st option : get a CD including Boot-Repair

The easiest way to use Boot-Repair is to burn one of the following disks and boot on it.

  • Boot-Repair-Disk is a CD starting Boot-Repair automatically. (English only, 32&64bits compatible, based on Debian-live so Wifi drivers are not recent).
  • Boot-Repair is also included in Ubuntu-Secure-Remix (multi-languages, ok for Wifi, based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, run Boot-Repair from the Dash)

Remark : you can also install the ISO on a live-USB (eg via UnetBootin, LiliUSB or MultiSystem).

 

2nd option : install Boot-Repair in Ubuntu

Remark: this can also be performed from a live-CD or live-USB.

Either add ‘ppa:yannubuntu/boot-repair’ to your Software Sources via the Software Centre or, for speeds-sake, add it using a new Terminal session:

 

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

Boot-Repair can be installed & used from any Ubuntu session (normal session, or live-CD, or live-USB). PPA packages are available for Ubuntu 10.04, 10.10, 11.04, 11.10 and 12.04.

 

Adding this PPA to your system

You can update your system with unsupported packages from this untrusted PPA by adding ppa:yannubuntu/boot-repair to your system’s Software Sources. (Read about installing)

This PPA can be added to your system manually by copying the lines below and adding them to your system’s software sources.

Display sources.list entries for:
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/yannubuntu/boot-repair/ubuntu precise main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/yannubuntu/boot-repair/ubuntu precise main
Signing key:
1024R/60D8DA0B (What is this?)

Using Boot-Repair

 

  • launch Boot-Repair from either :
    • the dash (Unity)
    • System->Administration->Boot-Repair menu (Gnome)
    • by typing ‘boot-repair’ in a terminal
  • Then try “Recommended repair” button. When repair is finished, note the URL that appeared on a paper, then reboot and check if you recovered access to your OSs.

If the repair did not succeed, indicate the URL to people who help you by email or forum.

 

Advanced options

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