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Old 09-03-2011, 11:08 PM   #1
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Problems deleting OS and installing dual boot system


I want to wipe my hard drive that has Ubuntu 10.04 installed then install Windows 7 then reinstall Ubuntu 10.04. However Windows will not boot. (Tried 2 different copies/versions. Works perfectly on another machine.) The CD/DVD player is working ok and I have ensured the BIOS has the player as the first boot device. The hard drive and the CD/DVD player have thin cables to the motherboard, not the wider ribbon cables of the older machines. Is there a software "switch" in the BIOS that I am unaware of or is it some other problem causing me grief. I also tried a second hard drive - Ubuntu would install but not Windows.
I have a need for several specialized Windows apps. otherwise I would not bother.
 
Old 09-03-2011, 11:22 PM   #2
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Just to clarify: *the* problem is that your Windows 7 install DVD won't boot, but your Ubuntu DVD *will* boot. Correct?

That would imply a defective Windows 7 DVD, wouldn't it?

Suggestion:
Perhaps, since you've tried just about everything else, get a CD/DVD cleaner?
 
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Old 09-03-2011, 11:35 PM   #3
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To answer your first question, yes, the BIOS normally contains a "boot order" setting. If the HDD is set to boot before the optical drive, the computer will never get to the optical drive to boot from it.

My Dells boot-up, during the memory check, give a "Select Boot Device Press F#" prompt that bypasses this setting in the BIOS. If your computer does not give a similar prompt, take a look at the BIOS settings.

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Old 09-04-2011, 12:24 AM   #4
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The CD/DVD player is working ok and I have ensured the BIOS has the player as the first boot device.
Good.

Q: Does *any* CD/DVD boot (e.g. Ubuntu)? Is it just the Windows 7 CD/DVD that *won't* boot?

It *does* sound like you've covered just about all the bases. I *would* consider getting a cleaner for the CD/DVD reader and/or the Windows DVD - it might just help.

IMHO .. PSM

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Old 09-04-2011, 02:43 AM   #5
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Just to clarify: *the* problem is that your Windows 7 install DVD won't boot, but your Ubuntu DVD *will* boot. Correct?

That would imply a defective Windows 7 DVD, wouldn't it?

Suggestion:
Perhaps, since you've tried just about everything else, get a CD/DVD cleaner?
Both Windows 7 and Windows XP disks boot normally on the second machine. Just will not even be recognized on this machine.
 
Old 09-04-2011, 02:46 AM   #6
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To answer your first question, yes, the BIOS normally contains a "boot order" setting. If the HDD is set to boot before the optical drive, the computer will never get to the optical drive to boot from it.

My Dells boot-up, during the memory check, give a "Select Boot Device Press F#" prompt that bypasses this setting in the BIOS. If your computer does not give a similar prompt, take a look at the BIOS settings.
I have made sure the CD/DVD is the first boot device. Its as if some setting is preventing the Windows disk from being recognized.

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Old 09-04-2011, 04:16 AM   #7
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I've had marginal disks fail to boot in one place, but boot in another.

Q: Can you boot ANY operating system (like Ubuntu)?

Q: Are you absolutely sure the device can read both DVDs and CDs (although your XP disk is probably a CD, not a DVD, and you say it can't boot that, either)?

Suggestion: the CD cleaner. Honest

PS:
Please DON'T mark a post "not valuable" unless you have a criticism.

And *do* mark a post "valuable" if you it helped get you closer to a resolution (even if it didn't completely solve it for you yet).

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Old 09-04-2011, 07:09 AM   #8
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Give us the specs on your machine. Are these recovery cds?
 
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Old 09-05-2011, 06:38 AM   #9
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I've had marginal disks fail to boot in one place, but boot in another.

Q: Can you boot ANY operating system (like Ubuntu)?

Q: Are you absolutely sure the device can read both DVDs and CDs (although your XP disk is probably a CD, not a DVD, and you say it can't boot that, either)?

Suggestion: the CD cleaner. Honest

PS:
Please DON'T mark a post "not valuable" unless you have a criticism.

And *do* mark a post "valuable" if you it helped get you closer to a resolution (even if it didn't completely solve it for you yet).
Bought a laser lens cleaner - now can boot the Windows XP CD disk but not the Windows 7 DVD. (The Ubuntu disk would always boot. Thanks for all the help. I know where I am heading now.
 
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Old 09-06-2011, 01:53 AM   #10
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Cool. Thank you for posting back with the status, and thank you for marking the post "solved".

Good luck - and (as Linus says) "Have fun!"
 
  


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