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PC will not boot from ubuntu disk.


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luker38

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I have been having startup issues with my ASUS G73SW notebook. Every time that I would boot, it would take me to the error recovery screen. However, none of the repair options have worked. I burned a copy of ubuntu with the intention of booting up with that in order to save what is not already backed up on my external drive, but windows always boots normally (I have it configured to boot directly to the recovery wizard; if I try to boot windows regularly or in safe mode I get a BSOD with the dreaded 'unmountable boot volume' message). I have gone into BIOS and changed the boot order so that it boots from the ubuntu disk with no luck. I have also tried the Boot Override in BIOS to attempt to force it to boot from the ubuntu disk but still no luck.

Any help would be much appreciated.
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Check the Ubuntu disc on another computer, make sure it is bootable.

Does the G73SW give you a chance to press a Fn key at boot time to open the Boot Menu (ofter F12)? If so give that a try once you know the disc is good.
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It is bootable, but now the drive is on the fritz too. It makes a bunch of clicking and grinding noises that I know aren't normal. It's still under warranty, so it's going back to ASUS. Thanks for the help, Z.
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I did finally get Ubuntu to boot via a flash drive. However, as I stated in the first post I configured my PC to boot directly to the recovery partition via these instructions:

Click on ‘Command Prompt’.
In the command prompt type ‘DISKPART’.
Type ‘LIST DISK’ this will display a list of hard disks installed on the machine.
Type ‘SELECT DISK n‘ (In this case it was disk 0).
Type ‘LIST PARTITION’ and take note of the partition you wish you make active, in most cases the first partition in the list will be your recovery partition.
Type ‘SELECT PARTITION n‘ (Where ‘n’ is the number representing the recovery partition identified from the previous step, in my case it was partition 1).
Change the partition to NTFS by typing ‘SET ID=27 OVERRIDE’.
Make the partition active by typing ‘ACTIVE’.

Using the Ubuntu terminal, I attempted to fix my corrupted boot drive, but as the system still boots directly to the recovery partition, i cannot check to see if it did anything. Now, I obviously want to attempt to boot normally into windows, but I cannot figure out how to access the command prompt since it boots right to the recovery partition. I should have considered if this would be a one-way trip before doing it, but I didn't. Is there any way to undo this so that it boots normally?
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Definitely return it then. Don't do anything to void the warranty.
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