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cbmgr 10-16-2007 05:07 PM

Dual-Booting Vista-Kubuntu

I have a new Sony Vaio laptop VGN-FZ19VN with Windows Vista Pre-Installed.

When i was installing Kubuntu i resized the Vista partition form the live cd (:@:@:@) and i also created a root, a home and a swap partition.

linux is booting perfectly :D but not vista (i manually added an entry in the grub's menu.lst) The problem is that beside the vista's bootloader is starting i still can't get a login screen but blank screen.

There is a recovery partition but a am also getting a blank screen.

I have no Vista-DVD or Recovery DVD :'(

What can i do?

PS I also tried to run a chdsk from a WinXP-SP2 bootable cd but it can't find any storage device( and there is no floppy to load the driver from there -usb stick is not recognized )

saikee 10-16-2007 05:23 PM

Vista must be repaired by the installation DVD. You have to borrow one if you want Vista fixed. Just boot it up and click "repair".

You should have run Vista and check it run satisfactorily in the reduced size before installing a Linux.

Vista keeps a copy of the partition table and can refuse to boot if a change has been done to the partition table without its knowledge.

cbmgr 10-17-2007 02:40 PM

I manage to find a Vista DVD but i am booting from the dvd and a the only thing that i get is a blank screen with mouse even with safe mode :@

Also if a choose the bootloging option there is no message to inform me that s/t went wrong. It seems that is loading all the drivers correctly and the last one is disk.sys. After i get the blank screen

Any ideas?

saikee 10-17-2007 02:53 PM

Could be the wrong version of Vista.

I have a home prem version DVD. I installed Vista into a PC with a XP and several Linux all booted by Grub.

The installation of Vista left Vista's own boot loader bootmgr inside XP partition. Thus I must go through XP partition to boot Vista and I didn't like it.

So I hid the XP partition and boot up Vista DVD which is in graphic screen all the time. The first option of repair was for the start up. When I clicked it the repair was done in seconds and I was asked to reboot. The repair copied the bootmgr into Vista owb partition and I was able to boot both Windows systems seprately without them linked together by one boot MS boot loader. Vista didn't even touch Grub in the MBR,

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