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Installed Ubuntu on Flashdisk now XP is bust


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joey129

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So, I tried installing ubuntu (I have the live CD) on my flash disk from my mom's laptop (XP) but is doest seem to be working. But I don't really care about that... What I'm concerned about is that after installing ubuntu onto the flashdisk, My mom's laptop no longer starts up properly. I get an 'error 15' unless my USB drive is inserted in the laptop (with the usb drive inserted, I have to select an OS [some 3 ubuntu's and a Microsoft XP]).

From what I've been able to research, the linux grub wiped out the windows mbr. I heard that you have to reinstall the mbr from the windows CD... but I no longer have it. And I worry that if I have to do this, the current files on her laptop will get wiped out.
Heeeelp meee before she gets home! Thanks!
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If you do not have a windows xp disk, download the following file: rc.iso....go here..

make sure in the bios the cd drive is the first boot device....put the cd in the cd drive..boot your computer....

then type fixmbr press enter
no joy ....
type in fixboot press enter


if you don't have a burning program that will burn .ISO files go here and get burncdcc ..a small FAST no frills iso burning program...

NOTE...do not put a blank cd in until burncdcc opens the tray for you
1. click on BurnCDCC.exe
2. Browse to the ISO file you want to burn on cd/dvd ....in this case its rc.iso
3. Select the ISO file
4. click on Start

Edited by happyrck, 23 August 2008 - 06:59 AM.

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Here is the uninstall page just for your information.

http://www.users.big...manzone/p18.htm

It sure would have been much easier on you if you had burned a bootable Ubuntu CD instead of using a Flash drive, but what's done is done.

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If you do not have a windows xp disk, download the following file: rc.iso....go here..

make sure in the bios the cd drive is the first boot device....put the cd in the cd drive..boot your computer....

then type fixmbr press enter
no joy ....
type in fixboot press enter


if you don't have a burning program that will burn .ISO files go here and get burncdcc ..a small FAST no frills iso burning program...

NOTE...do not put a blank cd in until burncdcc opens the tray for you
1. click on BurnCDCC.exe
2. Browse to the ISO file you want to burn on cd/dvd ....in this case its rc.iso
3. Select the ISO file
4. click on Start


Will the files and stuff on the laptop be safe if I use this method?
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happyrock

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yep ...it will not hurt your files..
you don't need to quote me in your replies...it just makes it harder to read
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And if you still want linux on your flash drive, look at the Fedora 9 LiveUSB Creator, which is non-destructive, persistent, and still the GNOME you're used to with Linux. And it doesn't touch your hard drive. :)
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