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Old 07-06-2009, 02:50 AM   #1
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My linux machine does not boot


Hello guys, i installed Fedora 8.0 on a DELL machine then later on i tried to install XP but failed. My collegeau logged on to linux and deleted the setup files so i cant even but it in linux. It just stops on the grub prompt and i do know how to go about it. thanks you.
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Old 07-06-2009, 02:53 AM   #2
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reinstall linux
 
Old 07-06-2009, 03:00 AM   #3
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Okay. what you want to do is find a working computer of some sort with a CD burner. Choose the lovely distro of your liking, download it's iso install disk, and burn the disk (there are a million howtos on the internet on how to do this, just try google.) Go into your BIOS (for me it's F2 when you turn on the computer, mines a dell too) and set it to boot from CD/DVD first. Then reinstall linux.

If you want both XP and linux, I reccomend this:
run a live cd/gparted cd to partition your hard drive as you like. If you don't know what this is, google it or talk to someone who does.

Install XP by booting from the XP disc.

Install linux by booting form the linux disk. If it's smart, and most installers are, it will detect XP and add it to your GRUB menu.
 
Old 07-06-2009, 03:25 AM   #4
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Okay. what you want to do is find a working computer of some sort with a CD burner. Choose the lovely distro of your liking, download it's iso install disk, and burn the disk (there are a million howtos on the internet on how to do this, just try google.) Go into your BIOS (for me it's F2 when you turn on the computer, mines a dell too) and set it to boot from CD/DVD first. Then reinstall linux.

If you want both XP and linux, I reccomend this:
run a live cd/gparted cd to partition your hard drive as you like. If you don't know what this is, google it or talk to someone who does.

Install XP by booting from the XP disc.

Install linux by booting form the linux disk. If it's smart, and most installers are, it will detect XP and add it to your GRUB menu.
Thank you for the help but what i want now is to get read of the linux and just have XP only. But when i boot from the XP cd, it gives me that blue screen error message.
 
Old 07-06-2009, 03:27 AM   #5
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Thank you guys but what i want is to remove the linux completely and just install XP but each time i boot from the Xp cd, its gives me the blue screen with an error message.

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Old 07-06-2009, 03:42 AM   #6
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Thank you guys but what i want is to remove the linux completely and just install XP but each time i boot from the Xp cd, its gives me the blue screen with an error message.
hi, try with dos bootable and from prompt type d:\fdisk /mbr
and reboot a machine and install XP again.
 
Old 07-06-2009, 03:57 AM   #7
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You should be able to use the FC CD/DVD to remove all partitions. Next you can try again with Windows.
If that does not help, you can check the BIOS settings. There might be something related to AHCI (on my Dell Laptop it's under sata opration and the options are ATA or AHCI). Set it to the non-AHCI option and try again.

If that does not work, please post the error message that you get.
 
Old 07-06-2009, 09:10 AM   #8
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Hi,

Which error message do you get when you boot the XP cd?
 
  


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