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Old 11-26-2008, 05:49 PM   #1
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Ubuntu 8.10 no longer accessible

Emachines W3644 w/Nvidia GeForce 6100 nForce 405 display adapter, dual booting XP on C Drive with Ubuntu 8.10 on second drive. Could not change screen resolution beyond 800x600. Googled and read forums looking for solution until brain became numb. Finally found three nvidia drivers (commercial, unsupported) listed somewhere on Ubuntu, one of which was recommended. Installed same, rebooted and all I got past the login was a rectangular box in center of screen advising that video resolution not supported - exact wording uncertain. No help reformatting partition with Partition Magic or Gparted. Bottom line is that I have 125G of a 250G drive that is inaccessible to me. I don't mind losing the space, but I would like to know if there is a recovery method I could use if I knew about it, or should I just delete the linux partition and chalk it up to experience? Hope this is enough info to either get a solution, or give someone a good laugh.
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Did you reformat the partition (with Partition magic/Gparted)? If so then whatever you had there is gone. You will have to re-install Ubuntu.
Old 11-26-2008, 10:26 PM   #3
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It's not 100% clear if you did repartition/reformat. If you did, it should have solved the issue as there would not have been any Linux left (unless you formatted the wrong partition) and there is a good chance that Windows would not boot after that (Grub error).

The error message that you got is generated by your monitor.
You can cycle through the configured resolutions by pressing <ctrl><alt><+> (control-alt-plus). This could have solved the issue temporarily (need to do it after each restart of the X-server)
This could have been / can be solved permanently by reconfiguring your X-server correctly. If you press <ctrl><alt><Fx> (x being a number between 1 and 6) while in the graphical environment, you should be taken to a console screen where you can login and reconfigure the X-server.

Your 125G is not lost. Either re-install Linux on it (the installer should find the 'lost' partition and allow you to use it) or if you want it back in Windows, you can use the disk manager (or whatever it's called) and reformat it.
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Many tnx for the responses. After much searching, I finally cleared up my problems with two free programs - SuperGrub,and Easeus partition manager. I'd like to play with Linux some more on a spare machine that I'd like to use to switch over from my Windows system when the mood hits me - as soon as I can figure out how to do that. Thanks again to all for your time and attention.


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