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Duel-Boot Windows 7 and Linpus
« on: August 23, 2012, 09:33:09 pm »
Hello everyone! I was going to duel boot windows 7 and Linpus on my desktop computer and had a problem. I originally tried to use the windows installer that you can download for it but it said it couldn't find the image for it (Looking at it now, I noticed that I also forgot to make a partition for it, which I did later).

Well, I burned the .iso to a dvd and ran it (after finally making space, around 200GB on my 1TB hard drive). I made sure it used the free space I had left over to install and it seemed like everything worked out. When it rebooted it popped up with a different boot setup that says Linpus Linus Lite 1.7 and Others. I thought others would be my windows 7 but everytime I click it, the Recovery Management pops up and tells me I have to run it!

I did run it once to see if my Windows 7 would pop back up but after it restarted, I was still using the Linpus boot manager and it pops up the recovery manager. Is there anything I can do to recover my files or recover Windows 7 without a completely restoring it back to factory defaults?
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Re: Duel-Boot Windows 7 and Linpus
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2012, 09:44:29 pm »
Hi joshbl56, and welcome to the forum :)

Can you open a terminal, and run this command:
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sudo fdisk -l
(enter your password when prompted, but be aware nothing will get ehoed to screen not even ******, but it is going in, so just type it and hit enter)

and post the output from that command back here

That command ends with a lower case L, not a 1 (one) .. and remember Linux commands ARE case sensitive.

[EDIT]

can you also post the output from:
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ls -a /boot/grub | grep grub

and
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grub-install -v
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Re: Duel-Boot Windows 7 and Linpus
« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2012, 10:19:41 pm »
OK, this is what I got. I had to rewrite the whole thing from my laptop because my desktop cannot access my home wireless network (We use a netgear USB adapter).

Disk /dev/sda: 1000.2 GB, 1000204886016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 121601 cylinders, total 1953525168 sectors
Unites = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x35d5c1f3

         Device Boot     Start                End                  Blocks              ID    System
/dev/sda1                2048                40962047        20480000        27    Hidden NTFS WinRE
/dev/sda2     *         40962048        41166847        102400            7      HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda3                41166848        1543921071    751377112      7      HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda4                1543926825    1953520064    204796620      5      Extended
/dev/sda5                1543926888    1596362984    26218048+      83    Linux

EDIT:
OK, I got Linpus to actually use Netgear (surprised me) and I am now on the internet. My part from earlier is still the same so I am just updating out of joy  ;D

Here is the second one you wanted:

grub.conf

Here is the last one:

grub-install (GNU GRUB 0.97-71.lp)
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Re: Duel-Boot Windows 7 and Linpus
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2012, 10:25:09 pm »
Can you see my edit in my last posting, and send the output from those too.
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Re: Duel-Boot Windows 7 and Linpus
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2012, 10:36:27 pm »
Not sure if you can see the update for my earlier post so here is the second one you wanted:

grub.conf

Here is the last one:

grub-install (GNU GRUB 0.97-71.lp)

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Re: Duel-Boot Windows 7 and Linpus
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2012, 10:45:17 pm »
OK, can you post the contents of:
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gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst

If by any chance that opens a BLANK file .. close it WITHOUT saving, and let me know.

it's also important that you postt he output EXACTLY as it is displayed .. so it may be easiest to copy the contents to another text file, then copy that file to whatever PC you are currently using.

When you post the contents .. can you surround it with [/code] tags to preserve the formating.
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Re: Duel-Boot Windows 7 and Linpus
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2012, 11:07:38 pm »
OK, this is what I got after I put that into the terminal:

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bash: gedit: command not found

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Re: Duel-Boot Windows 7 and Linpus
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2012, 11:15:59 pm »
Damn .. do you know which text editor Linpus 1.7 uses ?

it might be -
leafpad
mousepad
medit
or any one of a few others ???

if not, open the text editor, then select Help>About .. and let me know what it's called.

What the heck made you pick Linpus Lite .. nearly ANY other distro would have found Windows without issue.
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Re: Duel-Boot Windows 7 and Linpus
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2012, 11:27:48 pm »
You could try nano it seems to work in any distros I have tried before

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Re: Duel-Boot Windows 7 and Linpus
« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2012, 11:30:32 pm »
I was trying to steer clear of the command line editors (at least for now), plus there's no guarantee nano is installed ;)

and I'd scare him to death with vi
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Re: Duel-Boot Windows 7 and Linpus
« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2012, 11:32:50 pm »
I liked the way the desktop looked and wanted to start using Linux as well as Windows  :'(

I have looked everywhere on linpus and it doesn't seem to have a text editor (The only applications it had was firefox, a desktop calendar that couldn't update correctly, RSS feeder and weather app).

I have looked around other places and found something that allowed me to change the bootloader back into Windows, which seems to be working fine now (at least as well as I remember). The only problems I am going to run into is the point I tried to do a system restore that backed up all my files. Let's hope it works.

Thank you for your help with this problem. If I may ask for your help again, do you know I can remove Linpus and install another Linux distros that will not mess up anything on my desktop computer? And if so, which one would you choose for a novice like me?

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Re: Duel-Boot Windows 7 and Linpus
« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2012, 11:41:33 pm »
Personally I'd say go for Linux Mint 13 (Cinnamon) or Ubuntu 12.04 (or PeppermintOS Three, if you want screaming fast, but slightly less fully featured).

Have you got Windows booting now ?

When you say it boots the "Recovery Management" .. do you mean the Windows 7 recovery options, as in the pic at step 6 here:
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/668-system-recovery-options.html

or the manufacturers recovery partition .. ie. the one that overwrites eveything from a factory image ?

[EDIT]

Any of the above listed distributions should just offer to install over the top of Linpus .. but if (for some unknown reason) they don't .. come back here when you've decided which you want (and have the LiveCD/LiveUSB), and we'll help you through the install.

Sadly, you picked a "pretty", but outdated, badly supported, and just generally crap distribution with Linpus Lite :(
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Re: Duel-Boot Windows 7 and Linpus
« Reply #12 on: August 24, 2012, 12:15:03 am »
I did go through those steps and none of the system repair options worked (by themselves). I went here:

http://lukeaddison.com/removing-linux-grub-restoring-windows-7-boot-gui/

I had to use the Windows 7 Repair disc I made (Seriously glad I didn't neglect that) and then went into command prompt. I used both bootsect /nt60 C: and bootrec /fixmbr but the second one said the mbr was fixed. As for the Windows 7 recovery options question, mine popped up a window that asked if I wanted to restore the computer back to factory settings (ie. delete everthing from C:, which I was trying to avoid) or if I wanted to do a system restore with my files backed up to c:backup (which is what I did originally and didn't work).

When you say install over linpus, do you mean to just choose that partition for installation and let it be removed and replaced by Linux Mint (I have Ubuntu dual-booted on my laptop and it works pretty well so I would like to try Linux Mint). Question about this: I am looking on the Linux Mint download page and they have 2 different version (MATE and Cinnamon), so which one should I choose? The computer I have has AMD Athlon II X2 dual-processor, 3GB of memory and a NVIDIA GeForce graphics card. Also, which one (if either) can use a netgear USB wireless adapter?

EDIT: Also, another question: Should I use 64-bit or 32-bit? My ubuntu was 32-bit and I wanted to know if I should just go with that.
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Re: Duel-Boot Windows 7 and Linpus
« Reply #13 on: August 24, 2012, 12:29:31 am »
During the boot process (if you remember setting up Ubuntu) it should display any found operating systems, and offer to "replace" the one you select.

All 3 of the distributions should do that because they are ALL based on Ubuntu 12.04 .. so ALL use the Ubuntu install routine.

Personally (out of the 2 versions of Mint, I'd say go for the Cinnamon version WITH the codecs (not the one without the codecs) .. you can use EITHER the 32bit or 64bit .. the only benefit of 64bit is if you have more than 4GB RAM, so it's unimportant, choose either.

[EDIT]

Ignore that .. get the 64bit version, as your graphics card may have 1GB

Direct download link for the Mint 13 Cinnamon 64bit version here:
http://ftp.heanet.ie/pub/linuxmint.com/stable/13/linuxmint-13-cinnamon-dvd-64bit.iso

[END EDIT]

You'd have to tell me which model of Netgear wireless adapter .. and preferably how you got it to work in Linpus.

Here's what you want to do ..

Download the Mint Cinnamon ISO image .. and burn it to DVD

Boot to it, and select Try Mint

When at the desktop Click the "Install Mint" icon, and go through the install routine .. at some point it will ask where you want to install it .. if it offers to install over Linpus, select that .. if it DOESN'T mention Linpus .. STOP, and back out of the installation.

Then I'll tell you how to start gparted from the Mint LiveDVD and delete the Linpus partition (which in your case would be /dev/sda5 .. once that's done, and you next run the installer, it will offer to install to the free space.

Does that make sense ? .. if not, I'll try to clarify.

Don't forget to post the model of your netgear adapter.
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Re: Duel-Boot Windows 7 and Linpus
« Reply #14 on: August 24, 2012, 12:44:55 am »
Another option would be to delete the Linpus partitions from within Win7 .. THEN install Mint.

Then it should offer to install to the free space
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