I have 2 HDs. One has XP, and one had Ubuntu. I fouled up Ubunutu pretty badly, and decided it was a perfect time to try Mint 3.1.
I burned the live CD and tried to install, but it would freeze every time after the desktop showed up, but before I clicked the install icon. I figured it was a bum disc so I reburned the ISO (using DeepBurner). This time I could get as far as 30% into the install but no more (usually less). It just stopped so I had to REISUB. I did this multiple times, but never got any farther.
So now Grub is busted, and I can't get to XP. Or rather, I don't know how to get to XP; there's probably a way.
I thought there might be an issue with the disc drive, so I turned off the one I was using in the BIOS, and tried to use my other drive. This time it got just past the first loading bar, and I got the dreaded "BUG: soft lockup detected on CPU#0!". I tried a couple more times with the same result.
I went back to the BIOS, and turned the first drive back on, but now it too gives the same soft lockup message.
This is a mess.
So now I have a couple questions hopefully someone can help me with.
1) How can I boot into XP so I can check my email and such?
2) Why can't I get this damn thing to install?
Any help is greatly appreciated.