I want to address the boot loader problem in Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic), and 10.04 LTS (Lucid) and 10.10 (Maverick)

April 12, 2010 at 6:00 pm (Linux) (, , , , , , , , )

In Ubuntu Linux version 9.10 (Karmic Koala) and above there is one major downfall and it is connected with the new buggy GRUB2 operation system boot loader.

This how-to is for all the people which have already faced this serious problem and were left with corrupted Master Boot Record and in this sense useless unbootable system.

Firstly, you need to add these lines in your ‘sources.list’ file and it should go like this:

1. Open a terminal and write:
sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list

2. Add these lines at the end of the file (after these lines there should be one empty line at the end of the file so add the lines and just hit enter once):

a) for Karmic Koala (9.10):

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/bean123ch/burg/ubuntu karmic main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/bean123ch/burg/ubuntu karmic main

b) for Lucid Lynx (10.04):

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/bean123ch/burg/ubuntu lucid main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/bean123ch/burg/ubuntu lucid main

c) for Maverick Meerkat (10.10):

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/bean123ch/burg/ubuntu maverick main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/bean123ch/burg/ubuntu maverick main

Then hit “Ctrl+O” to save the file and “Ctrl+X” to exit the program.

Secondly, import the repository key signature (as normal user that is to say without “sudo” in the beginning of the commands below):

gpg --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv 55708F1EE06803C5
gpg --export --armor 55708F1EE06803C5 | sudo apt-key add -

Thirdly, install BURG and the related themes using these commands (with root privileges):

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install burg

And finally, install BURG to MBR with the following command (with root privileges again):

sudo burg-install "(hd0)"

or I highly recommend using the next command instead  (because the GRUB2 bug still occurs on my system if the first command is used):

sudo burg-install –alt “(hd0)”

(You should have in mind that there are two dashes before “alt” and (hd0) is surrounded by standard inverted commas)

Change hd0 if you want to install to other disk.

This workaround was proposed to me by one of the main developers of BURG. And it really works! Thanks, bean!


* Works perfectly on Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) and Linux Mint 8 (Helena). There is a bug in 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx) Plymouth package and you may encounter some display problems (if there are such, I’ll give you a solution – just let me know).
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