Thread: Linux install broke Windows
January 13th, 2009, 03:24 PM #1
Linux install broke Windows
OK, I've had XP for a long time. I decided to try a dual boot and let Linux make a small partition (after defragmenting the XP partition) in some of the free space. Ubuntu installed, and it works no problem but now I can't get into XP. When I boot up, I see the splash screen with the blue bar, after that, screen goes dead and a couple seconds later I get the "no digital input" message. Now, I can boot into Safe mode and remove the drivers. Then, I can boot into regular windows, but I can't install the drivers. I have tried installing them in Safe mode, and regular mode. And I have tried 8.12, 8.11, and 8.10 versions. I have tried just installing the Display drivers without any of the other crap, none of that helps, once the drivers are installed, Windows breaks in the same "no digital input" manner described above. Any suggestions?
Oh yeah, I tried to install the non-open source drivers in Ubuntu but they broke Ubuntu the same way, so I reinstalled Ubuntu and it works now.
If I can't get my Windows install working, how do I go about pulling the pictures from Windows "My Pictures" using Ubuntu?
January 13th, 2009, 03:40 PM #2
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January 22nd, 2009, 11:37 AM #3
Tried this and a GRUB message flashes before loading, but still have the same problems. I guess the video card broke my Windows, perhaps it was just coincidence I've had problems off and on with that x1900 series card for a while and am shipping it for RMA. Anyway, I am changing over, I'm writing this from a E7300 and nVidia video card just in from Newegg. I slapped the hard drive in the new hardware and it loaded right off.
Ubuntu didn't complain or even pause about having completely different hardware. It even found the Network. There's just some things that are insanely better about Linux. Well, I'm off to install XP on the new SATA drive. Wish me luck.
The hardware seems to find the IDE drive as primary? Not sure how this is going to go with the dual boot.
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