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Old 04-15-2014, 06:36 AM   #1
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Unhappy Problem accessing Windows XP Media Center


I installed Ubuntu with Win Xp access still available. When on my operating system choice page, when I click on Win XP Media Center all I get is a blinking cursor. If I choose Win NT, it does a system restore. How do I access Window XP Media Center?
 
Old 04-15-2014, 08:42 AM   #2
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When you installed Ubuntu, where did you install it to? Did you shrink your XP partition to make room on your disk, define the space recovered as a new partition then install it there?
The "Windows NT" partition is obviously your XP recovery partition, does it re-install XP over Ubuntu?

Welcome to Linux Questions, I think we probably need to know a bit more about what you did, how you organised your disk and what version of Ubuntu you're using.

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Old 04-15-2014, 08:50 AM   #3
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I believe I defined the space recovered as a new partition then installed it there.
When I do the NT Partition, it goes through the recovery process and when I start the computer, the same situation
occurs. I have 4 options, I believe but only Ubuntu and Windows NT do anything.
Thank you so much for your reply.
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Old 04-15-2014, 11:54 AM   #4
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When I do the NT Partition, it goes through the recovery process
You mean it re-installs Windows? This is what a recovery partition would be used for.
If you used an Ubuntu Live CD you should be able to boot from it and use GParted to check how many partitions you have on your disk and how they're organised. I reckon you should have 3 if it's as you say.

Have a look and let us know.

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Old 04-15-2014, 02:29 PM   #5
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I hope this makes sense:

When I first boot up my system it shows the Compaq Screen
Then it shows a screen with the following options:

Ubuntu, with Linux3.11.0-19-generic

Ubuntu with Linux 3.11.0-19-generic (recovery mode}

Previous Linux versions

memory test {memtest86+}

memory test {memtest86+ serial console 115200)

Windows XP Media Center Edition (on Dev/sdb1)

Windows NT/2000/xp (on sdb2)

When I choose Windows XP Media Center Edition, I get a blinking cursor

I installed Ubuntu from the download page

Thanks,
Bubinski
 
Old 04-15-2014, 02:39 PM   #6
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i think its because windows doesnt like being the 2nd drive in the pc as evidenced by sdb1 (windows plays 2nd fiddle to no-one).

you mite need to physically attach the windows hard drive to the first ide (or sata) channel.
 
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Are you saying that Windows moved from my c drive?
 
Old 04-15-2014, 03:27 PM   #8
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not sure. but my suspicion is that you have 2 physical harddrives (1 linux and 1 windows); is this true ?

iirc, windows is programmed so that the first partition on the first harddrive is drive c:.

if that is not the case then that could be a reason why its not booting when selected ?

else, if you have a windows cd/usb you can boot to it and run something like:
fdisk /mbr

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Old 04-15-2014, 03:56 PM   #9
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Thanks so much for your help. I will try to switch drives and I will look for my original Windows cds.
Thanks again,
bubinski
 
Old 04-16-2014, 05:41 AM   #10
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I tried disconnecting my hard drives but it didn't work.
 
Old 04-16-2014, 08:51 AM   #11
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hmm, it seems like grub borked your windows loader (or cant find it).

boot up into linux and run:
fdisk -l

paste the results here so that we have a better picture of what your system is like.


also the contents of your:
cat /boot/grub/grub.conf
or it mite be
/boot/grub/menu.lst
-or-
/boot/grub/grub.cfg

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Old 04-16-2014, 09:43 AM   #12
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Go here to download and run bootinfo script and post results.
http://bootinfoscript.sourceforge.net/
 
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Old 04-16-2014, 09:46 AM   #13
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I tried disconnecting my hard drives but it didn't work.
so what ACTUALLY happened? I reckon swapping your drives over would cause you to get something like a missing OS message as you've moved the MBR and the disk definitions would all be wrong.

Did you try booting a live CD and checking the disks and partitions with GParted before you swapped them?

Play Bonny!

 
Old 04-16-2014, 10:21 AM   #14
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I'm not sure what you are asking me to do. When I start my computer, I can only get into Ubuntu
From which file do I find Linux or a DOS Command or something to get me into fdisk-1 or cat/boot/grub/grub.conf?
I apologize if I sound like a Newbie but I have used Windows since 1985 and am lost with Ubuntu
 
Old 04-16-2014, 10:34 AM   #15
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open a terminal, may be called xterm then
Code:
sudo fdisk -l
cat /boot/grub/grub.cfg
post the output of each command.

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