Grub trouble, can't get menu to boot from CD into windows
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OK,that worked to edit the file, but I'm clueless and now it's really screwed up. I got an error 13 and am currently writing from my laptop. I have the Ubuntu boot cd, so I can boot the thing back up. I also saved a copy of the old menu.lst.
Was I on the right track? Is it that the Windows partition isn't being loaded or mounted or whatever? I remember seeing someone else mentioning an error 13 but I've read so many threads at this point that my mind is gone. I'm going to bed now, but I'm hoping I'll be able to fix it in the morning.
The easiest way to format the hard drive is to use a bootable Linux CD, such as the Ubuntu install disk or Knoppix, because then it won't try to mount any of your hard drives before you get a chance to format them. You can't format a mounted disk, and you need to format the whole lot, including any swap partitions, in order to install windows.
I hope that this has been helpful, and we're sorry to see another leave the ranks of Linux users, but ultimately until more developers start to support Linux properly, this is going to be inevitable.
I hate giving up on Linux, but every time I try to run something, it needs something else and it's days or weeks before I get it going. When I had people close to me that could help, I was willing to take the time. It's been a month that I've been trying to boot into Windows and I've lost my patience. My quilting software just won't work on Linux no matter how hard I try.
I'll give it a shot.
Assuming I do end up formatting the hard drive, I still don't understand how to do it. I tried the cfdisk last night and got nothing. I've tried fdisk and get nothing. What am I supposed to put in after either of those commands?
Well I did it. I formatted it, the CD ejected on shutdown, the Windows CD boots up, loads a bunch of files and can't see the f'ing keyboard so I can press f8 to accept the EULA. I'm ready to go to Best Buy and buy some $400 piece of crap. I've had it.
Unbelievable. I had given up. I tried both keyboards in every possible port and nothing. I finally decided to boot into Ubuntu from the CD and download updated bios from the m/b manufacturer. Of course I couldn't run the files in Ubuntu, so that was a huge waste of time. I'm not sure how many times I tried again. At one point I thought I'd killed the machine and it wouldn't even boot into Ubuntu with the CD. I threw the Windows CD in one last time while I was warming up the car and brushing my teeth and getting ready to go buy a new box, it worked.
Shortly before that I had gone on to a PC forum and found a thread similar to mine. The guy had been given all the same suggestions, tried them, nothing worked, then out of the blue it worked. I went back to see if anyone had posted on that thread and someone else had the same issue. I guess it's the Windows Patience Detector application.
It's all up and running now. Thanks for your help.
Once Windows is installed, then it should be safe for you to reinstall Ubuntu, as it should detect Windows easily.
Alternatively, if you ever just want to play with Linux without installing it per se, you can either just use a bootable CD, such as the Ubuntu install disk without installing, or install to a 'Virtual Machine', using a free (for personal use) app such as VirtualBox (http://www.virtualbox.org).