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    [SOLVED] WIndows XP MEdia Center Edition--- Dead???

    Ok today I decided to turn my HP Pavillion SLimline into a multi OS machine... It came with Windows XP Media Center Edition 2005... I Installed Ubuntu 8.04 and everything seemed fine...Until I tried to access windows (Oh I miss Guitar Pro 5!!!) and the GRUB lead me to a screen that says "Starting UP..." but It will stay that for hours... Is there any way to make Windows work again??? By the way, every single file is alright, I checked my music in Linux and more than 20 GB are working just fine so I don't know where the problem is.. Can you help me?
    PS Sorry about my english I'm a spanish native speaker but the spanish forum is not working... lol

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    Re: WIndows XP MEdia Center Edition--- Dead???

    With the Live CD:

    System > Applications > Terminal

    Copy and paste or type in this code:

    Code:
    sudo fdisk -l
    Small L

    Copy and paste the results here.
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    Re: WIndows XP MEdia Center Edition--- Dead???

    Disco /dev/sda: 250.0 GB, 250059350016 bytes
    255 cabezas, 63 sectores/pista, 30401 cilindros
    Unidades = cilindros de 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Identificador de disco: 0xcab10bee

    Disposit. Inicio Comienzo Fin Bloques Id Sistema
    /dev/sda1 * 1 23778 190996753+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda2 29286 30401 8958600 c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
    La partición 2 no termina en un límite de cilindro.
    /dev/sda3 23779 29006 41993910 83 Linux
    /dev/sda4 29007 29285 2241067+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris

    I'm sorry it's in spanish ....

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    Re: WIndows XP MEdia Center Edition--- Dead???

    OK... I did something really stupid (or wise I don't know yet...)
    I did a PC Recovery from HP Recovery partition... It set Widnows back to when I buy my PC... Now Linux won't load...
    I set the Live CD and everything seemed normal, there was a Partition (43.3GB) that belongs to Linux and the other one that is Windows... How can I set the GRUB again??? is that difficult? Will I have to reinstalkl Linux Ubuntu again???
    Hel please I need this working as soon as possible

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    Re: WIndows XP MEdia Center Edition--- Dead???

    you totally hosed your system. First off, you do not own windows; they own you. secondly, you do not own a valid windows operating system. Thirdly, you will need to buy a windows cd to fix your hardrive issue.

    You can restore your partition with the ubuntu cd you created. Just hose all partitions and create a blank one. Make sure you do not hose your windows media center partition for restoration.

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    Re: WIndows XP MEdia Center Edition--- Dead???

    Quote Originally Posted by Cresho View Post
    you totally hosed your system. First off, you do not own windows; they own you. secondly, you do not own a valid windows operating system. Thirdly, you will need to buy a windows cd to fix your hardrive issue.

    You can restore your partition with the ubuntu cd you created. Just hose all partitions and create a blank one. Make sure you do not hose your windows media center partition for restoration.
    You seem to have no idea what you are talking about. He seems to have a legitimate copy of windows that came with his pc and it seems that he got windows working again. It probably overwrote all the data on the disk and ubuntu will probably have to be installed again. Hard to tell exactly what's going on though.
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    Re: WIndows XP MEdia Center Edition--- Dead???

    HERE! read this and apoligize
    http://www.hardforum.com/archive/ind.../t-921659.html
    JESUS~!

    Even this guy knows what I'm talking about...he stated this in the link provided

    Dan_D
    07-01-2005, 02:07 PM
    HP's don't come with any software disks for the OS. Not unless its really old. You access the recovery partition by pressing F10 at the POST screen. It guides you through the rest. You need to choose the "advanced" tab in order to tell the system to format the drive. That way you get a clean install. The recovery is basically a disk image. So all your drivers are covered as well.

    If you've replaced the hard drive with another aftermarket drive, you'd need to contact HP for the disks. The product key fixed to the outside of the unit will not work on normal retail copies of Windows XP.
    Last edited by Cresho; August 28th, 2008 at 01:38 PM.

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    Re: WIndows XP MEdia Center Edition--- Dead???

    Ok so it was simple after all... Well not that simple... I reinstalled Windows with the HP Recover Partition (I didn't touch that while installing Linux) then it wouldn't let me access Linux so I just reinstalled the GRUB and my new computer is working just as new I lost all my files but no one died you know, so I'm fine (even though I lost near 30 GB of music... )

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    Re: [SOLVED] WIndows XP MEdia Center Edition--- Dead???

    Thank you for posting your fix. Glad you were able to fix your system, and in the future keep current back ups of your data. I have lost data too for failing to do that.
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    Re: [SOLVED] WIndows XP MEdia Center Edition--- Dead???

    Glad to hear your system isn't "completely hosed" and that I'm not anywhere close to owing cresho an apology.
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