[SOLVED] reloaded windows vista and now I have no access to linux - how do I reestablish it
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reloaded windows vista and now I have no access to linux - how do I reestablish it
I had a problem with windows vista and I reloaded it. Before reloading vista I had the option of either using vista or Linux. Now on boot up I go directly into vista. How do I re-establish the option of choosing what os system I want to use?
You need to reinstall your Linux bootloader. Exactly how you do this will depend on the distribution, but if you boot from its installation CD you might find it under an option to 'reapair broken system' or similar.
Assuming you were booting both vista and your Linux installation with Grub, all you need to do is reinstall grub which entails entering 2-3 short lines in the grub menu.lst file. Which distribution of Linux are you using? You don't need to repair your system. Load the installation CD of Linux (post the version you are using here), open a terminal and enter the command:
fdisk -l (lower case letter L)
do this as root user. If you're using Ubuntu or derivative do: sudo fdisk -l, if you are using a different Linux distro, type su or su - to get to root, enter password.
Post the output here to get specific help
The reason this happened is because windows always overwrites the master boot record and does not ask users if they wish to do this nor inform users it is happening, AFAIK.
First, how big is the disk? (fdisk -l shows this)
Second, 2.4 GB is too small for most Linux distros (and your swap is too small)
If you have lots of free space, then start over and give Linux a bigger partition. Otherwise, you'll need to re-size the main Windows partition to make more room.
With a large disk like this, I would set up as follows:
partition #1: Windows, 20GB
#2 Linux, 15 GB
#3 Linux swap, 4 GB, at the end
#5 Shared data (can be formatted FAT, NTFS, or even ext3----there are drivers to allow Windows to read ext_) Make this ~100 GB to start
Leave the rest empty (unpartitioned) for future changes.
the computer has a 320 gig hard drive partitioned with 20 gig for vista rebooting I don't know about partitions so please explain in detail I'm a little slow ( kidding) and this is new to me - just been back into computers after about 10 years
Yancek: did what you said.It now says Probing devices to guess Bios drives. This may take a long time. Its been over six hours - is this normal? should I terminate or still wait.
I'm assuming Mint Gloria still uses grub legacy and not grub 2. You should see which when you enter grub at the command line. If it is grub 2, the above won't work
Did you check this?
Just re-read other posts and looked at your fdisk output. Your window partitions take up too much drive space. If you only have that much space for Linux, I would suggest just using a Live CD to learn it or install something like Puppy Linux or Damn Small Linux. If you want to use Mint, I'd suggest following pixellany's suggestion.
Modifying partitions can be done with GParted which is a program that should be on your Mint CD. If not, just google "GParted" or "Parted Magic" and download. Parted Magic does the same thing. If you have problems, re-post with specifics.