Can't boot 12.04 installed alongside Windows 7

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Published on 2012-09-10T00:21:49Z Indexed on 2012/09/17 15:53 UTC
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I realize there are other questions like this one here, but I have visited them and tried several things and nothing is helping. One of them had a suggestion to boot the liveCD, and sudo mount /dev/sda* /mnt and to then chroot and reinstall grub. I did this and it did not help.

Then on the Windows side, I downloaded a free version of easyBCD and chose to add a Grub2 Ubuntu 12.04 entry. On restart I saw this entry, but when I click on it it takes me to a Windows failed to boot error, as if it wasn't even trying to boot Ubuntu.

I have booted from Ubuntu liveCD once again and have a snapshot of my GParted

gparted

I ran this bootinfoscript thing from the liveCD, here are my results: It seems grub is on sda. I just want to be able to boot into my Ubuntu on startup.

Boot Info Script 0.61 [1 April 2012]

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

=> Grub2 (v1.99) is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda and looks at sector 1041658947 of the same hard drive for core.img. core.img is at this location and looks for (,gpt7)/boot/grub on this drive.

sda1: __________________________________________

File system:       vfat
Boot sector type:  Windows 7: FAT32
Boot sector info:  No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System:  
Boot files:        /efi/Boot/bootx64.efi

sda2: __________________________________________

File system:       
Boot sector type:  -
Boot sector info: 
Mounting failed:   mount: unknown filesystem type ''

sda3: __________________________________________

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:        /bootmgr /Boot/BCD /Windows/System32/winload.exe

sda4: __________________________________________

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:        

sda5: __________________________________________

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

sda6: __________________________________________

File system:       BIOS Boot partition
Boot sector type:  Grub2's core.img
Boot sector info: 

sda7: __________________________________________

File system:       ext4
Boot sector type:  Grub2 (v1.99)
Boot sector info:  Grub2 (v1.99) is installed in the boot sector of sda7 
                   and looks at sector 1046637581 of the same hard drive 
                   for core.img. core.img is at this location and looks 
                   for (,gpt7)/boot/grub on this drive.
Operating System:  Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
Boot files:        /boot/grub/grub.cfg /etc/fstab /boot/grub/core.img

sda8: __________________________________________

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

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

Drive: sda _______________________________________

Disk /dev/sda: 750.2 GB, 750156374016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 91201 cylinders, total 1465149168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes

Partition  Boot  Start Sector    End Sector  # of Sectors  Id System

/dev/sda1                   1 1,465,149,167 1,465,149,167  ee GPT


GUID Partition Table detected.

Partition    Start Sector    End Sector  # of Sectors System
/dev/sda1           2,048       411,647       409,600 EFI System partition
/dev/sda2         411,648       673,791       262,144 Microsoft Reserved Partition (Windows)
/dev/sda3         673,792   533,630,975   532,957,184 Data partition (Windows/Linux)
/dev/sda4     533,630,976 1,041,658,946   508,027,971 Data partition (Windows/Linux)
/dev/sda5   1,412,718,592 1,465,147,391    52,428,800 Windows Recovery Environment (Windows)
/dev/sda6   1,041,658,947 1,041,660,900         1,954 BIOS Boot partition
/dev/sda7   1,041,660,901 1,396,174,572   354,513,672 Data partition (Windows/Linux)
/dev/sda8   1,396,174,573 1,412,718,591    16,544,019 Swap partition (Linux)

blkid output: ____________________________________

Device           UUID                                   TYPE       LABEL

/dev/loop0                                              squashfs   
/dev/sda1        B498-319E                              vfat       SYSTEM
/dev/sda3        820C0DA30C0D92F9                       ntfs       OS
/dev/sda4        168410AB84108EFD                       ntfs       DATA
/dev/sda5        AC7A43BA7A438056                       ntfs       Recovery
/dev/sda7        42a5b598-4d8b-471b-987c-5ce8a0ce89a1   ext4       
/dev/sda8        5732f1c7-fa51-45c3-96a4-7af3bff13278   swap       
/dev/sr0                                                iso9660    Ubuntu 12.04 LTS i386

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

Device           Mount_Point              Type       Options

/dev/loop0       /rofs                    squashfs   (ro,noatime)
/dev/sr0         /cdrom                   iso9660    (ro,noatime)

=========================== sda7/boot/grub/grub.cfg: ===========================

How can I get this option?

When I was using easyBCD, it kept saying I had no entries at all, so I did the add entry thing for Ubuntu many times and I see several of those on boot screen now. I'd love to get rid of all those unusable options.

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