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Old 10-04-2012, 02:23 AM   #1
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Question what happened to my Ubuntu installation?

Or Hello All,

My question is; what happened to my Ubuntu installation?

The long of it: After days and late nights of trying to install XP-Pro 2002 in a brand new Shuttle XPC-SH67 which has SATA II and III, USB2&3, HD Video, and many other neat properties and services (features), it did not come with a Floppy interface (or other IDE interface for that matter). I found that Windows XP does not allow required drivers to be installed using a CD-ROM drive, you have to have the Floppy Disk drive - Push F6 to add SATA drivers to install Windows XP. More information if anyone is interested can be provided.

So, I decided to install Ubuntu which I was planning to Multiboot too after I verified my new system was up and running O.K. I looked online and found that a company in the U.K. (England) was selling my SH67 there with Ubuntu v. 11.10 installed to the Brits with a Intel ‘I’ series processor, large amount of RAM and a modern SATA HDD so since it was very similar to what I had assembled here in California I could get Ubuntu up and running with a heck of a lot less effort than the XP I had been trying to install for more than 3 days and nights. {Although I did learn about things like slip-streaming and automating Windows installation}

Well to cut the long of it, what a breeze the Ubuntu install was! I downloaded the image, burned a CD using IMG Burn in my antique Shuttle running XP, placed it into the SATA CD/DVD drive of my new Shuttle XPC and it booted the first time. All this is for free - using Linux Ubuntu. I felt so good I was going to get out my checkbook or credit card and donate right there on the spot. I didn’t but will. I spent some time on playing with the installation like adding Google Chrome, and other miscellaneous software and learning what to do or what not to do and how little I know (no beans here) about Linux.

This site ( asked for it so I will cut to my problem. I finally found how to install XP using nLite - thanks to them- and ran XP with the XP-SP3 –Service Pack and required drivers ‘slipped in’ and it booted finally to the empty partition I had made when I was booting Ubuntu calling it C:\. I finally had XP and Ubuntu installed on my new computer.
I installed a bunch of software in XP that I have been accustomed to like Firefox, Piriform utilities, Open Office,… etc.

I decided to go back to my Ubuntu installation and it had disappeared. I can’t find it – so what happened? I am sure it still is on my new computer, I just am not sure how to find it.
Any help will be appreciated.
Regards Bill Smiley
Old 10-04-2012, 02:38 AM   #2
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This is a common problem, there is a way to fix it but I do not know it because I have never broken my system in this way.

Basically what you have done is erased the MBR (Master Boot Record) when you installed XP. You will find, probably, that Ubuntu is still there and you need to fix GRUB so it recognises both Ubuntu and Windows XP.

If you do this type of thing again it is best to install Windows first and tehn install Linux. GRUB will work with NTLoader (Windows boot loader) but NTLoader will not work with GRUB and will just wipe GRUB of the hard drive.

Getting back on how to fix it, Google "Super Grub Disk" and also google "how to fix Grub after a Windows install". This should give you enough info on how to get it all working again. The other option is, if you haven't done anything to Ubuntu that is, reinstall Ubuntu and that will fix the GRUB problem and you will then get both Ubuntu and Windows XP.
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Another Idea is you have erased your Linux Partition (k3It01 is right: installing windows erases the mbr and therefore you can't start the Bootmanager grub). If you install your Linux from cd again you should check, if there are at least two Linux partition (root-partition and swap-partition). If there is only one large (windows) partition you should reinstall windows and re-partition your hard disk. As an example you should have this three partitions on your disk.
Primary Partition for windows (ntfs)
Linux swap partition
Linux root partition (maybe ext4)

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The easiest way to fix your issues:
1. Download SuperGrubDisk, burn it to a CD and boot from it. It will allow you to start the Ubuntu installation if it is still there.
2. Once you booted Ubuntu start a terminal and launch the following commands:
sudo grub-install /dev/sda
sudo update-grub
when you now reboot you should be able to choose the OS you want to run.

Just a small remark, on modern machines XP is limiting you. You won't get the full performance out of the OS, newer Windows versions (and Linux) can make much better use of the hardware.
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