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Old 03-27-2010, 01:01 AM   #16
mspatil0037
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Yes this is quite unfortunate. I wish I had some other immediate solution. I don't know what kind of resources you have at your disposal but do you have any other access to a computer so you could make a cd? You don't need an operating system if you have a live cd.
From where do i get this LIVE CD !!
 
Old 03-27-2010, 01:35 AM   #17
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From the net? But should not it be so simple. Pop your vista dvd in the drive and set your BIOS to boot from it. And then it is all done?
I have never used Vista or installed it. But it shouldnt that be that much?
 
Old 03-27-2010, 09:38 AM   #18
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if the computer's bios is set to boot from an optical drive before booting from the harddrive then any bootable cd/dvd should start before any os on the harddrive.

the fact that you are unable to boot from cd indicates either the cd/dvd is faulty/non-bootable, the cd/dvd drive is faulty, or the bios isnt set correctly (i would test this by trying to boot the windows install cd/dvd in another computer and booting another boot-able cd in this computer).
the contents of the harddrive isnt preventing the cd/dvd-rom from booting; it has nothing to do with it (if there is any doubt, you can open the case, detach the harddrive and reboot with the cd/dvd).

the original poster mentioned they wanted to delete all the partitions on their drive (which is probably not what they really wanted).
to delete all the partitions, download and burn a live cd/dvd/usb/sd-card/... distribution like knoppix-live, run gparted as root, select your harddrive and delete everything in sight.

if you want to install windows on the machine, to the best of my knowledge you just need to boot with the install disk and the windows installer will format and overwrite the whole disk -- disclaimer: i havent installed windows in about a decade so there might be some new limitations that i am unaware of.

edit: i am also interested to see what your fdisk -l output looks like. i have a suspicion that the windows partition is somehow marked unbootable and simply toggling that flag will put everything back where it was.

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Old 03-27-2010, 11:45 PM   #19
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The live-cd process using as little propriatary software as possable

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From where do i get this LIVE CD !!

The live-cd process using as little proprietary software as possable

Though there are many versions of Linux that offer a live cd I would try Ubuntu first. It is here..
http://iso.linuxquestions.org/ubuntu/ubuntu-9.10/
and here http://www.ubuntu.com

download the iso file. I is good to check it against its md5 sum if you know how. If not it may be ok. ( I always check it )
try this one -> www.md5summer.org/about.html
You need to use a burning program that knows how to burn an iso to a
cd and use that option.
how about this one -> http://infrarecorder.org/

When you put the disk in the drive and start the system there is a key that will pop up a menu to ask what
disk to boot to... This is probably f12 or f8 but it may be something else.
A menu will pop up asking what drive you want to boot to.
If you were really sure that you set the cd to boot first then I think you will find that nothing happens as it sounds like the dvd-rom is malfunctioning to me.
Else you may be in luck. ( If this works for linux it sould work for the vista dvd too. )

I would consider carefully what schneidz has to say before you use this to erase your drive.
His are words of wisdom.. if you could save yourself 5 hours of installing operating systems by clicking a switch in the menu to make the disk bootable, you may actually prefer this method... some people like installing software. (like me)

You can use this live-cd to perform the functions he is talking about using the utility on there called Gparted in the menus under System -> Administration. I strongly suggest using the functions to restore the disk before you go erasing any existing partitions.

I will check in tomorrow to see if you were successful or if you need more help.
Good luck.

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Old 03-28-2010, 07:52 AM   #20
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use acronics to delete linux partitions, final solution
 
Old 03-28-2010, 08:04 AM   #21
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the fact that you are unable to boot from cd indicates either

the cd/dvd is faulty/non-bootable,

the cd/dvd drive is faulty,

or the bios isnt set correctly
That is the important answer in this thread. Everything else is just a distraction.

Grub does not and cannot prevent the DVD from booting. The BIOS decides whether to boot the DVD before ever looking at Grub. Trying to get rid of Grub is a distraction. Once you find a way to accomplish that, it won't help boot the DVD. It will just make your system even less usable.

Getting and testing a liveCD is also likely a distraction. If the problem is in the DVD drive or the BIOS or the way you are trying to make the BIOS boot the DVD, you'll likely have the exact same problem with any liveCD. If the problem is in your Vista DVD media (unlikely) that should be easier to find out by booting it in a different computer.

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Old 03-28-2010, 09:21 PM   #22
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Hi All,

I don't think that there is problem with my DVD or the DVD-Drive. I can able to open the DVD and view its contents when i logged into Red Hat Linux. Even the BIOS is set to boot from CD. I am not getting what is stopping it to read the boot-able disk when i reboot my machine!!!!
 
Old 03-29-2010, 01:46 PM   #23
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I have had this happen before...
I was able to see the contents of the cd from a x11 system but on boot or on burn it
gave me an error.
This is an educated guess so take it for what it is worth. I have a small pile of drives that did this to me.
This is the nautilus program(or whatever file browser) retrying and being tolerant of errors where the windows installer cannot afford to be. This is especially likely if when you are booting you have to wait for a minute after the post before it kicks into the HD.
You should have the drive tested. This will save you hours of trying and retrying to get a stressful install(if you can) that is full of errors and bugs... You don't want it. Test the dvd-rom player.
Also have tested the sata or ide cable.
 
  


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