no idea how to work linux.. need help fixing problem
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i tried putting in the cd and it doesnt do anything so beside grub> i typed in boot from cd and it said error 8: kernel must be loaded before booting...
no idea what im doing and why nothing is working!!
When you put the CD in, you must then reboot (with the CD still in), so that it should attempt to boot from the CD.
Use a hard boot ie turn power off for 30 seconds, then power on.
If it doesn't boot from the CD, please tell us the make/model of HW, preferably the BIOS name as well.
Normally when a system boots up you have a few seconds to enter the BIOS ctrl by pressing one of the F keys or DELETE key.
Which key you need depends on the HW/BIOS you've got.
You need to go into the bios and set the booting sequence to CDROM first. Generally, this means hitting the delete key while all the stuff is happening before the grub screen comes up. There will probably be several columns when you get into the BIOS. Hit the right arrow and it will take you to the second column. Generally in the second column one of the top two options takes you to a screen that allows you to set the boot sequence. Use the arrow key to get there and hit enter. It probably allows you to set up to 3 devices as your boot device in 1, 2, 3 order. Set the CDROM first and your hard disk second. Then, usually you're allowed to hit F10 to "save and exit". Some BIOSes make you use the escape key to get back to the first screen before you can save and exit. Whatever it takes, do that, boot from the CD, and reinstall Windows.
Last edited by Quakeboy02; 11-03-2008 at 07:58 PM.
ok i tried that too.. i followed what u said and i pushed delete before the grub screen showed up and nothing happened.. i turned it off for 30 sec. and turned it back on.. and nothing happened.. and i figured out its suse linux.. but i dont know exactly what version or whatever
Is there any information on the computer that you'd like to recover? Installing winduhs will wipe out all information on the disks. As someone else already suggested, you should probably find someone who knows what they're doing and ask them for help. If you have a local Linux User's Group nearby, someone there would probably help you recover any information that you need and also install winduhs for you if you bring an installer disc along. If you don't care about any data on the computer then just about anyone in any computer shop can reinstall winduhs for you.
ok i know yall keep saying i dont know what im doing.. and yes i have admitted that.. but im trying to fix it my self.. i have no money to put it in a shop.. but the delete key didnt even work.. i held it down and it just went to the same screen! i tried hitting all the F keys before that screen came up too and nothing..and no there is nothing on the computer that i want to recover.. i just want all this gone and windows back on there
Kim, I know that Pinniped wants to help you save your data, and normally I'd agree. But all things considered, I have to think it's either gone or beyond your reach. If you want to save it, you will have to either learn quite a lot about Linux or go begging at your local college, or perhaps at the computer lab of your local high school if they have one. Your chances are iffy in both cases, and if there is anything on there you don't want anyone to see, well they'll probably see it trying to help you save it.
If you just want to start with a blank slate, though, you will need to watch the screens that come up very carefully before it gets to grub. At the bottom of one of the screens it will say "Press X to enter setup"; where X will be the delete key or maybe F2 or maybe even something else. Figure out which key it says and just keep the thing pressed down from the moment you hit the power on switch.