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Old 01-26-2011, 06:02 PM   #1
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Ubuntu & M$ Windows netbook install preparation problem


hello, i am new to ubuntu and i have a huge problem. i had Windows in my net book that dose not have a cd drive and i wiped it and put in ubuntu . i tryed to put Windows back but failed. now when i try to download ubuntu this message comes up. no root file system is defined please correct this in the partitioning menu. what do i do . i am stuck form here on out. i don't have a cd drive so i can not get Windows back. can you help me out

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Old 01-26-2011, 06:11 PM   #2
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Did Ubuntu ever work on this machine? How did you install, USB? Are you trying to dual-boot, get Ubuntu working, or put Windows back on it?

You will need a USB CD/DVD drive to reinstall Windows, but you should be able to fix Ubuntu (or just reinstall it) however you managed to start the installer originally.
 
Old 01-26-2011, 10:03 PM   #3
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It sounds as if the attempt to reinstall Windows got far enough to wipe out your Ubuntu boot loader.

An alternative to using a USB stick is this: If you have or can borrow a external USB CD/DVD drive, you should be able to boot to a CD on the external drive.

This may require going into the BIOS to change the boot order--watch for a message during the memory check. My Dells display something like "Press F# for the boot menu/Press F# to enter Setup." The Dell boot menu includes a choice to "boot from CD/DVD" that works with an external USB drive.
 
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