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ifelloutofatree
04-06-2009, 08:08 PM
During a session on a home computer which I use to muck around on with applications etc. (system has vista ultimate installed) I repartitioned and was in the process of adding ubuntu as a dual boot so I could learn some linux as my course had mostly been microsoft.

During the process we had a power out and I don't use a UPS. Ubuntu was not even half way through the install but just enough to screw things in the boot. On reboot I had no access to either, vista locked up at the status bar before the splash screen. I could have probably attempted it from the ubuntu disk again but was more concerned at not losing my vista partition and without good knowledge of the ubuntu setup. After several attempts nothing seemed to be working and I resigned myself to restoring from Acronis. It just didn't seem to be my lucky day and the backup image failed and I said several colourful adjectives as I had previously verified the data.

I tried to boot from the Vista Ultimate disk thinking I could just do a repair but it kept hanging as well and simply would not play the game. I really didn't want to format and start again and had no UBCD with me at home. I decided to try something else and booted an XP Professional OEM cd as Vista CD was not working. Just had a hunch, thought I would just watch the process and see if it helped.


I booted up the XP disk as if I was going to do a complete reformat and allowed it to load its files. Just before the reformat screen, it picked up a problem and stated it had to make some changes to the hard disk and restart. I let it make the changes and then removed the XP disk and restarted the system.

The system started up perfectly and vista works with no loss of data. Though it was a bit unconventional approach it worked like a charm and I had used XP pro disk to fix loading Vista. Maybe not the normal way to do things but any port in a storm.....

Marius
04-06-2009, 08:29 PM
Good "move" you made there...The problem that you encountered was a corrupted bootsector and/or files. The XP cd basicly did a chkdsk on your drive and repaired the corruption ;)

rtrahan
04-06-2009, 09:39 PM
That's a good one to keep in the back pocket..the XP disc probably fixed your MBR so it could load..you might just wanna try some live CD's instead then you don't have to load it. Check out Osdisc.com..they have all the Linux operating systems and you can get the live cd's for like $1.95 a piece..i ordered seven of them last time..my favorite linux is OpenSuse, and you can load Knoppix on a USB thumb drive which I have done so just boot to the USB and voila I'm in Linux.

l337
04-07-2009, 12:11 AM
sounds like a mad fluke fix :P. dick smith electronics have UPS for like $150AUD atm they can be extremly handy

fingers
04-14-2009, 09:37 AM
one to rember. :)

purple_minion
04-14-2009, 10:04 PM
You could have either manually fixed the mbr by installing grub yourself, not fun. You could also download the vista repair dvd's from here (http://neosmart.net/blog/2008/windows-vista-recovery-disc-download/). Handy to have. There is also the SuperGrubDisc (http://www.supergrubdisk.org/) and they have a nice wiki here (http://www.supergrubdisk.org/wiki/Boot_Problems) on boot problems. You can start windows from supergrub as it simply chainloads it I believe, much as grub would have done had it finished installing. From there easybcd (http://www.ditii.com/2008/01/25/repair-you-corrupted-microsoft-windows-vista-bootloader-with-easybcd/) I think would help. That link also goes into booting from the vista recovery cd's as well as other options.

There is also the AutoSuperGrubDisc (http://www.supergrubdisk.org/wiki/AutoSuperGrubDisk) though that is from within windows, and aimed more towards fixing problem linux issues in a dual boot.

ifelloutofatree
04-15-2009, 12:05 AM
You could have either manually fixed the mbr by installing grub yourself, not fun. You could also download the vista repair dvd's from here (http://neosmart.net/blog/2008/windows-vista-recovery-disc-download/). Handy to have. There is also the SuperGrubDisc (http://www.supergrubdisk.org/) and they have a nice wiki here (http://www.supergrubdisk.org/wiki/Boot_Problems) on boot problems. You can start windows from supergrub as it simply chainloads it I believe, much as grub would have done had it finished installing. From there easybcd (http://www.ditii.com/2008/01/25/repair-you-corrupted-microsoft-windows-vista-bootloader-with-easybcd/) I think would help. That link also goes into booting from the vista recovery cd's as well as other options.

There is also the AutoSuperGrubDisc (http://www.supergrubdisk.org/wiki/AutoSuperGrubDisk) though that is from within windows, and aimed more towards fixing problem linux issues in a dual boot.

Thanks for the links - appreciate it. I might try some live cd's to see which linux I'm partial to before installing into a separate partition. I'm inheriting another box this weekend, so I might even just have a dedicated linux box in the network.