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I tried and failed miserably to install ubuntu and am now stuck with a disk boot error after POST.<br><br>
Running repair install in an effort to get back XP but after repairing the files then the initial reboot...it boots from the cd again and ends up setting up from scratch. So its kinda stuck in a loop, it can recognise that there was an attempted repair but it never seems to get past booting off the cd.<br><br>
You are supposed to leave the cd in after the first reboot i believe and yet it just seems to boot straight off it again. Does anyone know what I might be doing wrong? or is the damage just too far for a repair install?
 

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It's booting from the cd-rom after the install?!!!<br>
It's only supposed to do that if you press a key...so don't touch anything.<br>
You might need third party software ready if you have to do a complete reformat.<br>
Try it again or use a 2nd drive to check the system file integrity.
 

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Tried fixboot and fixmbr, still no good.<br><br>
I tried again with a SP2 disk, first time round turned out to be SP1, still get the looping problem.<br><br>
I don't mind reformatting as long as theres some way to save some files from my documents.
 

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Take the CD out after the first reboot and see what happens.
 

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As far as getting your files off, have you tried installing windows fresh without reformatting. Essentially, installing windows ontop of the previous installation. I have done this before to retrieve data. Another thing you may want to try is a Linux rescue liveCD.
 

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Ok I think I can maybe try to salvage it this way...unless someone has a more elegant approach.<br><br>
I'll format my d drive which has a lot of media on it but no personal stuff or work and stick windows on it so I can backup the data on my original c:<br><br>
Its currently a slave tho wont i need to re arrange the drives so its the master?
 

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See above. I have done this multiple times. You should be able to recover everything.
 

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hmm if i "clean" install over the top wont it wipe out the files in my docs? those are really the only things i wanna save.
 

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Sorry about leaving you hanging, I was busy riding home from college <img src="/images/smilies/smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />. <br />
No, it won't wipe out your "my documents" folder. If you go to documents and settings, your username will still be there, and in it, all of your data. Then you could back it up to another drive and reformat your original hdd. Oh, and btw, if you still have interest in Ubuntu (which I highly suggest) drop me a PM. I can walk you through it. Paired up with the Automatix script, it's easy to get started with Ubuntu.
 
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</div>If you install over an already existing partition all your Docs should remain. However i would perhaps install Linux on another HDD or another partition and back-up your Docs just in case.
 
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