eeepc booting troubles
I've got myself into quite a bit of trouble.
Problem: My system no longer can boot windows and if I try booting
debian it gives errors regarding the root file system.
Here is what I did:
I booted windows for the first time with no problems, so then booted a
livecd off my usb drive and did resizing with gparted.
I resized the sda1 partition, the one in which windows resides on. I
think it may have said resize and move, this may be where the problem
lies. I'm totally blind so going off what a sighted person tells
me. Apparently it said something like resize and move.
This appeared to go fine, until I rebooted (changes were reflected in
I got the error:
"No operating system"
I decided to install linux hoping grub would correct the problem. The
machine is running windows 7 and I told the installer to use largest
continuous free space. Then when I wrote the changes to the mbr, it said
windows vista was found. I assumed this must just be because grub hadn't
been updated for win 7 so I said yes.
Now when I boot I can choose from a grub menu:
Debian linux or debian recovery
And windows vista
I try the two debian ones and get errors regarding the root file system
and it doesn't boot more than a recovery console.
I tried the windows one, this starts a recovery program however, after
trying to recover a few times nothing changes.
So if someone could help me out I would be extremely grateful. Will it
be possible for me to get a bootable windows again or should I just
install linux to the whole disk. I kind of need windows every now and
then, so hoping I can get it booting again. Or will I have to purchase
some sort of windows cd.
Finally is there any sort of full system recovery I could do that would
I'm using the asus eeepc 1008ha.
Sorry about the very long post, I thought it was important I describe
exactly what I did.
Any help is greatly appreciated.
Thank you very much,
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eeepc booting troubles
>On Thu, Jan 28, 2010 at 3:24 AM, Daniel Dalton <email@example.com> wrote:
>I've got myself into quite a bit of trouble.
>Problem: My system no longer can boot windows and if I try booting
>debian it gives errors regarding the root file system.
>Here is what I did:
>I booted windows for the first time with no problems, so then booted a
>livecd off my usb drive and did resizing with gparted.
>I resized the sda1 partition, the one in which windows resides on. I
>think it may have said resize and move, this may be where the problem
>lies. I'm totally blind so going off what a sighted person tells
>me. Apparently it said something like resize and move.
Hi Daniel.* As long as your c: drive is still in tact, you can boot the machine from a Windows installation cd (Dell Windows XP cd's work well as an example).* After Windows loads it's files and you are presented with a blue screen with typically 3 options, at the bottom of the screen is a message like "R=Repair".* After pressing "R", Windows will scan your hard drive for any existing installations.* After that you'll get to a black screen with white text listing existing installations.* If that works, select that installation at the prompt, then run two commands: "fixmbr" and "fixboot c:".* This will rebuild the MBR and make your c: drive bootable.
Something like this ought to work for you as long as your Windows installation is still in tact.
Also cfdisk from a live Ubuntu CD has saved me in the past by recreating the partition table.
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