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General Help & Advice / Re: Triple-boot problem
« on: November 13, 2017, 10:07:16 pm »
Ok, I tried SeZo's suggestion but with no luck..

mike@mike-c2duo:~$ sudo ntfsfix -b /dev/sdb1
Mounting volume... ntfs_mst_post_read_fixup_warn: magic: 0x00000000  size: 4096   usa_ofs: 0  usa_count: 65535: Invalid argument
Index buffer (VCN 0x0) of directory inode 0x5 has a size (24) differing from the directory specified size (4096).
FAILED
Attempting to correct errors...
Processing $MFT and $MFTMirr...
Reading $MFT... OK
Reading $MFTMirr... OK
Comparing $MFTMirr to $MFT... OK
Processing of $MFT and $MFTMirr completed successfully.
Setting required flags on partition... OK
Going to empty the journal ($LogFile)... OK
ntfs_mst_post_read_fixup_warn: magic: 0x00000000  size: 4096   usa_ofs: 0  usa_count: 65535: Invalid argument
Index buffer (VCN 0x0) of directory inode 0x5 has a size (24) differing from the directory specified size (4096).
Remount failed: Input/output error

Any ideas guys? Or shall I just try to reinstall XP from scratch? My data is safe - or rather I have copies of it, so it's as safe as it can be. All I'm trying to do now is a) avoid reinstalling all 3 operating systems and b) establish a setup whereby I can periodically restore one of them without getting back into this mess...

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General Help & Advice / Re: Triple-boot problem
« on: November 12, 2017, 01:04:25 am »
No, I did three partition backups. One each for XP, Ubuntu and Xubuntu. the filenames reflect the respective partitions.

I'll have another look at this tomorrow. Maybe I'm missing something.

Thanks.

M

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General Help & Advice / Re: Triple-boot problem
« on: November 11, 2017, 09:39:37 pm »
Fair enough. I think I'll grit my teeth and go for it though.

After all, XP wont boot and Linux can't mount sdb1 anymore, which is pretty much the equivalent of disconnecting a physical disk, yet Linux still boots..

I'll back up some data, then try SeZo's suggestion - sudo ntfsfix -b /dev/sdb1. If that doesn't sort it, I'll reinstall XP and run sudo update-grub.

By the way, I've got a Redo Backup copy of XP as well as the Ghost. When I tried to restore from it, it gave me only the option to specify a destination drive, not a partition, so I abandoned the restore. There's not much help on the Redo forum, but I seem to remember that you use Redo, Mark. If so, can you tell me whether it's possible to restore at partition level?

Thanks.

M

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General Help & Advice / Re: Triple-boot problem
« on: November 11, 2017, 06:54:28 pm »
Unfortunately Xubuntu, Ubuntu and XP are in separate partitions on the same drive...

Wouldn't your solution still work just the same - as long as I make sure to reinstall XP on the correct partition?

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General Help & Advice / Re: Triple-boot problem
« on: November 11, 2017, 04:45:24 pm »
Ok. But just in case something goes wrong and grub gets broken (which it will anyway if I have to reinstall XP which may have been messed up by the failed Ghost restore), I need a plan B.

I had thought that EasyBCD might be the answer, but it seems it only restores at disk level, not partition level, which doesn't help.

Something has just occurred to me though. If windows boot loader was on sdb1 along with XP, and sdb1 is inaccessible, that means grub is independent of sdb1, because grub still works. So if I reformat sdb1 and install XP on it, will Grub still be able to load Xubuntu/Ubuntu (as now)? And would the option (in Grub) for XP start working again, because XP would be reinstated where it was?

I suspect not, but I can't quite see why not. I suppose installing Linux after Windows must modify or disable Windows boot loader in order to allow Grub to take over the job...

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General Help & Advice / Re: Triple-boot problem
« on: November 09, 2017, 05:58:58 pm »
Thanks SeZo,

Ideally I'd like to preserve the triple boot, so I'll try the fix first. That will break Grub though and I can't boot from DVD to restore it in Xubuntu.

I'm thinking of getting XP running again, then installing EasyBCD to give access to the two Linux distros. Can you see any reason that wouldn't work?

M

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Hardware Compatibility / Re: Linux friendly motherboard and CPU?
« on: November 05, 2017, 11:16:17 pm »
Just to round this thread off..

After a lot of swapping and changing (and crawling about under the desk), the culprit seems to have been a faulty PSU.

Ironic, as I always buy decent PSUs. Two hard drives and a wi-fi card paid the ultimate price.. Thankfully I had two surviving backups. In future I'm going to favour external drives over internal ones, as each has it's own dedicated power supply, so one failure shouldn't destroy the most important component of any PC - the data.

Thanks for your help.

M

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General Help & Advice / Triple-boot problem
« on: November 05, 2017, 10:50:35 pm »
We have a box running Xubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 14.04 and Windows XP as a triple boot.

Xubuntu is backed up via Redo Backup, and XP via Norton Ghost, both to the same external drive.

Yesterday I tried to do a ghost restore to the XP partition and it failed. I now have an un-bootable XP which equates to a wasted 50gb of disc space.

I'm willing to forget XP, but I'd like to tidy up and reclaim the space. However, Linux can no longer mount that partition, suggesting instead that I run 'fdisk /f' in Windows. I can't get into Windows anymore, but even if I could, it occurs to me that I'm in danger of wrecking my access to Ubuntu/Xubuntu.

It seems to me that multi-boot scenarios are fine until one of the operating systems needs reinstalling, then all bets are off. I think I'm going to give them up. Or am I missing something?

Meanwhile, can anyone suggest a way to reclaim the disk space and retain Xubuntu and hopefully also Ubuntu?

M

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Hardware Compatibility / Re: Linux friendly motherboard and CPU?
« on: September 28, 2017, 02:52:13 am »
I think I will. Just created and tried a live USB. No improvement. It works on our laptop though - I'm typing this in it. So much for Novatech's testing..

Would you risk a direct replacement, or go for another board? If the latter, I'm back to square one (or worse, since I don't much feel like reassembling the PC around the old motherboard in the meantime).

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Hardware Compatibility / Re: Linux friendly motherboard and CPU?
« on: September 28, 2017, 12:13:00 am »
The CD has worked previously - including with this board, yesterday. I have tried a live DVD but nothing happens at all. I did wonder why such a recent board wouldn't boot from DVD.

And I've tried booting with no HDDs attached - no luck.

Could it really be the DVD drive? If so, why would the error messages have differed (ATA1, ATA2) when I hadn't swapped the DVD drive around? Also a bit of a coincidence if a hardly used DVD drive or a hardly used HDD have failed at the same time as the old motherboard...

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Hardware Compatibility / Re: Linux friendly motherboard and CPU?
« on: September 27, 2017, 11:38:45 pm »
I wish it were that easy Mark.

I can't get it to boot directly from the CD anymore, whether a HDD is connected or not. It immediately displays the "American Megatrends" screen, inviting me to enter setup. After about 30 seconds it says it can't find "fallback.efi" and goes into Grub. When I select the option to try without installing it loads Ubuntu - slowly.

However, now it offers a choice of one screen resolution - 1024 x 768, which is wildly wrong for a 23 inch widescreen. Also, the reset button has stopped working.
And by the way, the DVD drive doesn't show up under Devices in File Manager. Sometimes, if I hot swap hard drives, one might appear..

All in all it looks to me like an RMA job. Would you agree? If so would you consider a direct replacement, or would you write this board off?

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Hardware Compatibility / Re: Linux friendly motherboard and CPU?
« on: September 26, 2017, 11:12:07 pm »
Yes, SATA.

This is weird, Mark. The same cable, in the same port, sees one disk but not the other (in file manager, under Dev-Disk-By Id). Nothing under 'devices'.

The 'unseen' disk works perfectly well in a USB caddy, so it's not the disk the cable, or the port.

I'm thinking motherboard or bios (uefi)...

EDIT
I'm now getting an error during boot, which says "ATA1 comreset failed. Giving up" or "ATA2 comreset failed. Giving up".
The boot process carries on, but I assume this is at the heart of the problem. The question is, is it a hardware or a software issue?

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Hardware Compatibility / Re: Linux friendly motherboard and CPU?
« on: September 26, 2017, 08:14:41 pm »
Hello Mark,

Output follows.

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo fdisk -l
Disk /dev/sda: 1000.2 GB, 1000204886016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 121601 cylinders, total 1953525168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xdefdf602

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1              63  1953520064   976760001    7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT

Disk /dev/sdb: 15.5 GB, 15518924800 bytes
32 heads, 63 sectors/track, 15034 cylinders, total 30310400 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x0000c45c

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdb1   *          63    30308543    15154240+   c  W95 FAT32 (LBA)
ubuntu@ubuntu:~$



and..

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo blkid
/dev/loop0: TYPE="squashfs"
/dev/sr0: LABEL="Ubuntu 14.04 LTS amd64" TYPE="iso9660"
/dev/sdb1: LABEL="TOSHIBA" UUID="202C-CC4E" TYPE="vfat"
ubuntu@ubuntu:~$

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Hardware Compatibility / Re: Linux friendly motherboard and CPU?
« on: September 26, 2017, 07:34:38 pm »
I've just installed the new motherboard bundle and am running a Ubuntu live cd, but there are some things baffling me..

First, the PC took ages to get past the initial screen (which offers options to choose a boot device, enter setup etc). The keyboard seemed not to be responding, but after 2 or 3 minutes, it displayed the option I'd chosen (enter setup). There were 2 possible boot devices, DVD or HDD. I selected DVD and after a bit of restarting, finally booted into Linux.

However, in file manager, under 'Devices', all I can see is 'Computer' - no sign of the HDD or the DVD.

What's more, there are actually 2 HDDs and even setup only detected 1 of them. They're identical Samsung 1Tb disks. One is completely encrypted and the other partially encrypted with an unencrypted partition on which I'm intending to install Linux.

Any ideas folks?

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Hardware Compatibility / Re: Linux friendly motherboard and CPU?
« on: September 22, 2017, 11:52:17 pm »
Mark,

Thank you very much for the time and effort you obviously put into this.

I've just ordered the Novatech bundle.  When it arrives, I'll check the RAM and order another 4gb stick of the same. I'll be running in single channel mode, but only for a week or so. I couldn't understand why they were selling bundles without dual channel RAM until I started shopping and realised that anything under 4gb sticks don't seem to be available anymore. I suspect 8gb will be overkill for my needs, but what can it hurt?

I like the motherboard bundle idea because I should be able to connect it, test a Linux installation, then return it if it doesn't work. If I simply bought the parts and assembled them myself that wouldn't be possible. I expect it will work though. If manufacturers got on board and supported Linux, maybe we wouldn't need to resort to these tactics. Should come in for about £240 altogether.

This motherboard failure has really alerted me to the fact that those applications I like which rely on XP are on borrowed time. The old board hosted a dual-boot (xubuntu and xp), but the new one probably won't support xp...  Cue Virtualbox - but one of my applications requires specific hardware, so running in VB might be a challenge.

Thanks again. I'll await the MB bundle then mark this solved...

Mike


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