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Old 11-03-2008, 07:33 PM   #1
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no idea how to work linux.. need help fixing problem


i need help!!! my ex boyfriend deleted windows off my computer and installed linux on there.. im not even sure which linux it is.. but when i first turn on the computer this is the message i get...

"GRUB version 0.93 (640K lower/ 522708K upper memory)

[minimal BASH-like line editing is supported. For the first work, TAB lists possible command completions. Anywhere else TAB lists the possible completions of a device/filename.]

grub>_"

and i can not get past this!!!!!!!! please help me.. that computer has not worked in so long because i am stuck at this screen and have no idea how to even work linux.. i want it OFF!!
 
Old 11-03-2008, 07:37 PM   #2
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Well if you want to get rid of Linux, just pop in a windows cd and tell the BIOS to boot from CD and install windows.
 
Old 11-03-2008, 07:47 PM   #3
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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!!
 
Old 11-03-2008, 07:55 PM   #4
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ok i cant even figure out how to read ur replies lol this is ridiculous!!!
 
Old 11-03-2008, 07:56 PM   #5
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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.
HTH
 
Old 11-03-2008, 07:57 PM   #6
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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.

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Old 11-03-2008, 08:03 PM   #7
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it says i have 5 replies and i dont even know how to read them until i reply and then it shows all of them.. someone help me.. email me with some help cuz i cant even figure out this freakin thing...

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Old 11-03-2008, 08:06 PM   #8
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Just try my suggestion (post #5). ie hard boot with CD in and tell us what happens.
See also post #6.
Don't post your email address in plain, an email harvester (ie spam bot) may pick it up.
 
Old 11-03-2008, 08:06 PM   #9
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Sorry. I don't do email.
 
Old 11-03-2008, 08:07 PM   #10
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You are not going to see replies until you either click the link in the email or refresh the page you are viewing if you have it open...

No offense, but you do not seem to be very computer savvy and would probably be better off having someone else install windows for you.
 
Old 11-03-2008, 08:08 PM   #11
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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
 
Old 11-03-2008, 08:13 PM   #12
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Turn it on. Immediately hold the delete key down until it enters the BIOS.

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Old 11-03-2008, 08:26 PM   #13
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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.
 
Old 11-03-2008, 08:30 PM   #14
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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

Last edited by kimmm; 11-03-2008 at 08:33 PM.
 
Old 11-03-2008, 08:37 PM   #15
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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.
 
  


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