[SOLVED] Restore Ubuntu 11.4 after a crash - How please?
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I'll try your suggestion if I can get to it.
'When you try to boot Windows, it fails and then automatically boots Ubuntu?'
not quite right
After POST a white out of black frame comes up with Windows Top and Linux under
The System preferred is selected by the up/down key and so down to Linux and off it jolly well went
Only now it does not.
Instead after a wait a series of comments come to screen such as
No suchdevice/unbuntu/ disk/root .cfg
No such device - ubuntu/inst/boot/grub/grub cfg
Grub 1 or 2?
Dunno the version of Ubuntu is 11.4
more than that I will have to delve some -I am a new newwbie despite having fiddled and built machines these past 25 years.
Following my last I thought I would re boot and check out the Window selector -it failed- tried the usual F8 options - nothing so put Win disk in and- blue screen and ck dsk ran - then the large progress bar at bottom then the O/S selector.
Selected this time Linux and 'prefix not set' came and went then -'Unclean file system - not safely closed on Windows'-Fixing
After that Ubuntu came to screen and is running -This is going out in Ubuntu.
still puzzled with the link between Windos and Linux of the disk and how they are seemingly tied to each other.
Will have to close now - its my birthday weekend and my daughters are surprising me this afternoon
Good day Eddy
You asked '
[I]When you installed ubuntu did you boot it from cd or installl from windows environment?
It must have been from a Win environment.
However this I think may be the answer to my own question
Whilst waiting for the Linux answer I set about restoring the Windows O/S, and to do this I inserted the Win. disk and selected the Repair option- which then puts up the C/: prompt.
'Which sits winking as if to say - So! Typed 'Help' and up came the DOS command list.
Selected 'fixboot followed by Fix Master Boot Record[MBR]
That did it.
Now above I commented I think 'How does Windows fix Linux?
Later thoughts of course suggest it does not.
'R' in Windoze puts you to the hard drive Root- presumably DOS must be firmware in the Bios.[or does the Windows disk do it?] any way what ever it must be the case that the Boot and Masterboot record are Hard drive functions in DOS not the actual operating system
Jackboy I'm glad to here that you have repaired windows installation, you can do a wubi installation if that is your desired prefrence, you can do a actual install that is as simple as booting from cd or you can try out as many linux distro's as want in a VM until you find the os that suits you.
Your question on how does linux fix windows?
In some cases if you install linux along side of windows it will be detected & boot, if not atleast you can view & transfer files & documents from windows to the linux os, although some documents may have to be converted for viewing in OO or Libre.