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I am a total newb when it comes to linux, i am doing my best to find my way through it though. I finally gave linux a chance using the debian windows installer. After the long install process, my computer finally booted into linux and I was happy to see everything worked okay, except when I rebooted and tryed to boot into windows it wasnt on the list of options. so i did some research, added
when I select that in GRUB i get an "ERROR : No kernel loaded(or something close to that"
I have tried everything I can think of to fix this and i have no idea what to do, someone help me please, all i want is back into windows :-( thanks ahead of time everyone.
i had similar problem yesterday which i resolved with Super Grub Disk. i found this is a really useful tool. it will restore windows MBR or restore grub and find all OS's. it has just set my ubuntu / windows grub automatically.
i am a total noob to and i had installed ubunbtu then had to reinstall WinXP due to problem on that OS. windows completly erased all traces of ubuntu boot.
i had play with Super Grub Disk for a couple of minutes figured out what it was doing and set it to auto restore. i now have a nice clean grub but showing me three ubuntu kernels and a WinXP os.
Thanks for all of your guys' quick responses! I added spaces in between stuff and now I get this error instead.
Error 13: Unreadable or invalid format (or something like that.....)
Disk /dev/hdc: 20.4 GB, 20490559488 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 2491 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hdc1 * 1 2382 19133383+ 83 Linux
/dev/hdc2 2383 2491 875542+ 5 Extended
/dev/hdc5 2383 2491 875511 82 Linux swap / Solaris
Disk /dev/sda: 520 MB, 520093696 bytes
1 heads, 32 sectors/track, 31744 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 32 * 512 = 16384 bytes
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 2 31744 507888 e W95 FAT16 (LBA)
this is my fdisk -l output, it looks to me that it deleted my windows partition, is that what happened or because of this new windows installer thing is it installed on the same partition and mounted on a linux drive at boot. well I hope this helps, thanks guys! your help is great
I also tried to use super grub disk but I havent figured out how to install it yet, it looks like alot of their downloads are messed up on their web site
alright I will check for the exact error when I get home, but as I interpret what you just said, all I have to do is change my "rootnoverify (hd0,0)" to "rootnoverify (hd1,0)"? does that make sense since I only have 1 hard drive?
oh and i rebooted the computer the exact error message was
"Error 13: Invalid or unsupported executable format"
first of all, let me say thank you guys so much for helping me with this, I really appriciate it.
secondly, i have no idea whats going on with this computer lol, there were no flash drives plugged in, so i doubt it was that, and the computer doesnt even have sata on the mobo. I will put up the device.map as soon as I can, I ran into some issues with a vista install on another computer last night so i couldnt work on linux but i should have more time tonight.
heres my device.map, I dont have to know linux to know what this means lol crap, normally I wouldnt have a problem running linux, but this is for an arcade machine and I dont know how well linux works with that, ugh