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I installed the latest ubantu on my vista laptop and have created a mess. I could not log on to the first install because I forgot the user name and password. I tried reinstalling and now on the boot menu I have two ubantus below vista and niether one boots into the linux desktop. All I get is a command prompt type screen. I tried using the uninstall from vista and that does nothing. Please help me out of this mess!
Usually Ubuntu comes with a graphical interface.
Did you use the LiveCD installer or the alternate one ?
In order to get rid of the 2 ubuntu's listed in the boot menu, you need to format the Linux partitions it created when you're in the installer. It should detect your Vista and do the proper settings. If you get to a command type screen, it could mean you have driver problems. Try to do a sudo startx.
Do you have one or more hardrive? Are you able to boot vista? Did you install Grub bootloader to the mbr? Use the install CD, should be a rescue mode and if you can get to a terminal, enter 'sudo fdisk -l' and post the results.
Distribution: RHEL 4/5, Fedora 6-9, SuSE 10.1-11, Open Solaris 10.8, WinXP,2003,Vista
Boot with the Vista DVD and allow it to fix the MBR. If you don’t have the Vista DVD, then disregard and press on by booting into Vista, go to Disk Management and delete the Ubuntu partition (it will probably show up as an unrecognized partition). Now, boot with Ubuntu CD and install.
How many partitions do you have your vista on? If it's just one then, any the 2nd partition will be your linux. From what you've written I assume that vista is on the first partition of your hd. Yes, Under windows, linux partitions don't have any letter assigned to them (Linux doesn't use letter labeling)
The filesystem will also help you indicate what is on a partition. If it's NTFS, then you'll now it's your vista, if 'unrecognised' or ext3 then it's linux (afaik, partition magic can recognise linux partitions as ext2/3 etc)
and run GParted from that
gparted will see your vista and linux partitions
just delete ( do not format) the linux partitions
or if you must reformat the linux ones( 2 or 3) to one ( 1) ext3 partition