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NEED MAJOR HELP!

Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 3:19 am
by flightfreak123
ok, so I am new to linux and linux mint, I downloaded it because of the speed, and lack of viruses, ok, so I started the installer and it gave me 2 options and no run side by side option eventually, delete every os but mint, or do somthing else, I wanted windows, so I pressed do somthing else, it gave me some screens full of hard drive spaces or somthing I didn't know. I did some random clicking with no avail, so I clicked back...thats when it all went downhill :( linux crashed..it said somthing along the lines of kernel can not handel somthing. I restarted my computer, and tried to run it, but it just kept doing the termanal blick, so I rebooted linux, and tried to install it again. It gave the same installer, but now it thinks there is another version of linux on this computer I pressed install side by side, not knowing anything else to do, it is now downloading. I NEED WINDOWS BACK! I don't care if I have to uninstall linux or not, but I need the ability to go on my old windows 7! I AM FREAKING OUT! I need help! I would even be willing for an expert to take control of my computer, or do a step by step live video call with me! ANYTHING TO GET MY WINDOWS BACK!

Re: NEED MAJOR HELP!

Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 3:30 am
by flightfreak123
btw I need help ASAP! I am really freaking out and I won't be able to sleep tonight knowing I may not ever be able to get my windows 7 64bit back D:

Re: NEED MAJOR HELP!

Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 8:24 am
by marsh20
Flightfreak,

Where have you got to now?

Re: NEED MAJOR HELP!

Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 1:14 pm
by flightfreak123
marsh20 wrote:Flightfreak,

Where have you got to now?
I am currently running Linux Mint, but it thinks there is 2 versions of linux on this computer

Re: NEED MAJOR HELP!

Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:06 pm
by mintybits
If you open a terminal and type
sudo update-grub
This will list all OS's on your drives and should list Windows. If so, just reboot and select Windows from the Grub boot menu.
If Windows fails to boot then more info is needed. You should download and run this http://bootinfoscript.sourceforge.net/ and post the results here insode code tags.

Re: NEED MAJOR HELP!

Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:16 pm
by flightfreak123
mintybits wrote:If you open a terminal and type
sudo update-grub
This will list all OS's on your drives and should list Windows. If so, just reboot and select Windows from the Grub boot menu.
If Windows fails to boot then more info is needed. You should download and run this http://bootinfoscript.sourceforge.net/ and post the results here insode code tags.
it says type password for bryce but it wont let me type anything then it says : Generating grub.cfg ...
/usr/sbin/grub-mkconfig: 280: /usr/sbin/grub-mkconfig: /etc/grub.d/06_mint_theme: not found

Re: NEED MAJOR HELP!

Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:20 pm
by mintybits
When it asks you for a password just type it in, then enter. It won't show anything as you type for security reasons.

Re: NEED MAJOR HELP!

Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:23 pm
by flightfreak123
I really don't think my mint installed right

Re: NEED MAJOR HELP!

Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:26 pm
by flightfreak123
Generating grub.cfg ...
/usr/sbin/grub-mkconfig: 280: /usr/sbin/grub-mkconfig: /etc/grub.d/06_mint_theme: not found

Re: NEED MAJOR HELP!

Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:28 pm
by mintybits
That's all it says?
Ok, would you post the output of
sudo fdisk -lu

Re: NEED MAJOR HELP!

Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:30 pm
by flightfreak123
mintybits wrote:That's all it says?
Ok, would you post the output of
sudo fdisk -lu
$ sudo fdisk -lu

Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders, total 976773168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00045881

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 2048 488724398 244361175+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 488724478 976771071 244023297 5 Extended
Partition 2 does not start on physical sector boundary.
/dev/sda5 969211904 976771071 3779584 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda6 488724480 969211903 240243712 83 Linux

Partition table entries are not in disk order

Disk /dev/sdb: 8019 MB, 8019509248 bytes
256 heads, 44 sectors/track, 1390 cylinders, total 15663104 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: 0xc3072e18

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 * 2248 15663103 7830428 c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
$

Re: NEED MAJOR HELP!

Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:32 pm
by mintybits
I don't see any Windows partitions there. :(

Re: NEED MAJOR HELP!

Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:36 pm
by flightfreak123
mintybits wrote:I don't see any Windows partitions there. :(
so what do I do?! I'm freaking out!
Ok this is my final option senario. No linux, with Windows 7 home premium with 64 bit. Nothing is on it, everything has been reset, but I will not tolerate it if it makes the system slower

Re: NEED MAJOR HELP!

Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:44 pm
by mintybits
This is a painful situation. I presume Windows 7 was the first partition on your 500GB disk. Unfortunately, this partition has been reformatted for linux. It may be possible to get some files back using a program called "testdisk". I am not an expert in data recovery so you may have to wait for one to come along. You probably won't have to wait long.
You might get more hits if you post in the Ubuntu forums (Mint is a tweaked Ubuntu). The Ubuntu forums have many more members.

Re: NEED MAJOR HELP!

Posted: Sat Jul 21, 2012 3:01 pm
by I2k4
I had a big save with the following app after GRUB lost my Win7 after my dumb mistakes changing the config file. The original poster seems to have given up here, but it might help others.

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1769482

Re: NEED MAJOR HELP!

Posted: Sat Jul 21, 2012 4:35 pm
by DrHu
Ok, but for an MBR problem, and this is a common type of complaint with Grub and some later windows OS versions, a standard method is simply to reinstall a msdos or windows boot

Code: Select all

fdisk /mbr 
http://www.computerhope.com/fdiskhlp.htm
http://www.computerhope.com/jargon/m/mbr.htm
http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000175.htm

http://www.ambience.sk/fdisk-master-boo ... fixmbr.php
--for some windows OS, a slight different utility is needed.

Or there is always a windows recovery console available, if you plan for it..
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/libr ... 61858.aspx

And for any windows OS, you have to consider that there might be an issue on booting, either because of corruption or a missing file (NTLDR)
--lots of items with those type of troubles..