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Old 04-13-2009, 05:49 PM   #1
Daniel_hates_ubuntu
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Question How to PROPERLY uninstall uBuntu AND the "uBuntu boot loader"


How do i uninstall ubuntu 8.1 for Desktop computers (i am using a laptop NOT a desktop)
right now i have 1 hard-disk with 3 partitions partition 1 is windows XP media center edition partition 2 is ubuntu's "Swap area" and partition 3 is ubuntu

and for some reason I HAVE NO boot.ini file WTF? did uBuntu delete it?

Computer: Laptop Sony Vaio.
Model Name: VGN-C190G

Motherboard model:
SONY VAIO

Chipset:
INTEL i945GM Rev.03

southbridge:
INTEL 82801 GHM (ICH7-M/U)

(i found this information by using CPU-Z http://www.cpuid.com/ )

Also, because of my brother (who is very annoying) i had to put a BIOS password on my computer so he wouldent **** up my computers bios. i would appreciate a how-to on how to get rid of it (i already tried taking the little button cell battery out)

Thank-you in advanced.
 
Old 04-13-2009, 07:19 PM   #2
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About the BIOS

That is to say that you do not have the BIOS password and therefore can not enter Setup, or you do not know how to change the setting to eliminate the password requirement?

If you can get into the Setup, you can look for something like Set Supervisor/User Password. There you can both change and eliminate the BIOS password. On my Gigabyte mother board this is done by keying "enter" twice, when asked for the password, and for its repetition. See your Vaio manual or Sony online support for the specifics of your machine.

If you can not get into the BIOS setup, try these BIOS cheats. Which brand of BIOS you have will appear on the POST screen when you start the machine. NOTE THE WARNING. This procedure is at your own risk. Were it I, I would google a great deal for my machine or BIOS and bypassing the BIOS before I did a thing.

http://www.uktsupport.co.uk/reference/biosp.htm

Last edited by thorkelljarl; 04-13-2009 at 07:27 PM.
 
Old 04-13-2009, 07:48 PM   #3
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Post No, i can't get in BIOS.

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About the BIOS

That is to say that you do not have the BIOS password and therefore can not enter Setup, or you do not know how to change the setting to eliminate the password requirement?

If you can get into the Setup, you can look for something like Set Supervisor/User Password. There you can both change and eliminate the BIOS password. On my Gigabyte mother board this is done by keying "enter" twice, when asked for the password, and for its repetition. See your Vaio manual or Sony online support for the specifics of your machine.

If you can not get into the BIOS setup, try these BIOS cheats. Which brand of BIOS you have will appear on the POST screen when you start the machine. NOTE THE WARNING. This procedure is at your own risk. Were it I, I would google a great deal for my machine or BIOS and bypassing the BIOS before I did a thing.

http://www.uktsupport.co.uk/reference/biosp.htm
No, I Cannot get into BIOS however i CAN get into windows xp And uBuntu so it doesnt ask for a boot password but it DOES ask for a password when i press the F2 key when it is booting before GRUB loads.



More info on my other post is that i can't boot into uBuntu because it has used all of the 5GB that i gave it in the partition editor (which is in the uBuntu installer)
 
Old 04-13-2009, 08:18 PM   #4
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Having two threads concurrently will likely lead to more diverse answers and more confusion all round.

Do you:
- really want to delete Ubuntu (and grub)
- free up some space (in Ubuntu) and keep using it
- resize partitions to allow long term usage of both XP and Ubuntu

???

Do you still have the Ubuntu install CD (or another liveCD), and what version of Ubuntu is it ?.
 
Old 04-13-2009, 08:22 PM   #5
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About the partitions...

If you open a terminal as root you may see your partitions with the command "fdisk -l" fdisk is a partitioning tool with many uses; see man fdisk.

The easiest way for you to remove linus is to download and burn Parted Magic or GPartedLive-CD, boot one of them and use them to delete the linux partitions. There is an intuitive GUI and several warnings before changes are finally made.

If you want to try Ubuntu again, there is during installation, when Ubuntu proposes a partitioning scheme, a custom or expert option that can give you more choice in partitioning.

After you have removed Ubuntu, you can either use GParted or the XP partitioning utility to expand and format as you will.

I presume that F2 is the key to enter the BIOS Setup.

Talk to your brother, explaining how much trouble he caused. Have him pay Sony the many $ they will want for their BIOS password resetting service.

Last edited by thorkelljarl; 04-13-2009 at 08:24 PM.
 
Old 04-13-2009, 11:51 PM   #6
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Having two threads concurrently will likely lead to more diverse answers and more confusion all round.

Do you:
- really want to delete Ubuntu (and grub)
- free up some space (in Ubuntu) and keep using it
- resize partitions to allow long term usage of both XP and Ubuntu

???

Do you still have the Ubuntu install CD (or another liveCD), and what version of Ubuntu is it ?.
i want to uninstall uBuntu and GRUB.
i am using ubuntu 8.1
i DO NOT want to format because i will lose all settings and data if i do that.
 
Old 04-14-2009, 12:06 AM   #7
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i really need to get uBuntu 8.1 off my laptop (Sony Vaio VGN-C190G) because sometimes i press the power button and walk away to do something else while it is booting and i come back and uBuntu is on my computer! after 10 seconds of giving me a menu it boots uBuntu and NOT XP i want it to do the opposite or uninstall uBuntu.
Either one is fine, but later (probably 2-4 years) i might run low on disk space and need that 6.4GB that ubuntu and its swap area are using.
 
Old 04-14-2009, 12:28 AM   #8
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Boot into the Windows XP disc and get into the recovery console and type "fixmbr"

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/fixthe...s/rconsole.htm
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/fixthe.../repairmbr.htm

Now you will be able to (only) boot into Windows...from windows you can delete the Linux partitions...

Then you can use Partition Magic (or it's FOSS counterpart parted magic) to grow your XP partition to whatever you want it to...

You should probably backup your system before you try any of this...

-C
 
Old 04-14-2009, 12:40 AM   #9
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navigate to /boot/grub/menu.lst
now change the default value to a desired value (0/1) depending upon the order in which the OS appear in the file. If Windows appears in the 2nd position change the default value to 1, if it appears in the 1st position then change it to 0.
 
  


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