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    [SOLVED] "Problem with operating system"

    Hi all,

    I installed ubuntu quite some time ago (shortly after the official release of 8.04 after having run on the beta)
    the other day I decided that I'd quite like to play some of my games and so stupidly decided to install a WINDOWS *spit* partition. but I fear that ALL of my ubuntu data is lost,

    I didn't install over ubuntu, I resized the ubunut partition from 120GB (ish) to 30 so I could install an 80GB Windows XP partition (because windows games take up more space than most of my ubuntu stuff.

    now, I can boot windows, but when I try to boot ubuntu I'm given the message "Problem with operating system" on the second boot screen on my machine. I haven't re-sized the partition to be any smaller than what space it uses, it has twice the amount of space that it used.

    does anyone know if there's any way that I can get it back? I have the ubuntu disk, G-parted and the windows XP *spit* disk and am more than willing to download and burn any other that may be needed.

    thanks in advance.

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    Re: "Problem with operating system"

    First of all run any partition editor to verify that the ubuntu partition still exists.
    Either do it from windows (with something like partitionmagic) or run an Ubuntu liveCD and gparted from there.

    If it does exist, we can work from there.

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    Re: "Problem with operating system"

    Quote Originally Posted by joobleblob View Post
    decided to install a WINDOWS partition. but I fear that ALL of my ubuntu data is lost,

    I didn't install over ubuntu, I resized the ubunut partition from 120GB (ish) to 30 so I could install an 80GB Windows XP partition
    First, check if the ubuntu partitions exist; post a screen shot of the windows disk management utility; to use the disk management utility, click start-Run, and give the command
    Code:
    diskmgmt.msc
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    Re: "Problem with operating system"

    it does still exist, I'm running the live session from the ubuntu install disk to use this, I checked using G-parted and the 30.0GB ubuntu part. is existant

    EDIT: it'll be hard to get anything to you from the windows section because for some obscure microsoft reason I can't connect to my own router

    RE-EDIT: my brother helped me sort it, if anyone was looking to have their problem of the same type fixed heres a HOWTO on the topic http://ubuntuguide.org/wiki/Ubuntu:H...Ubuntu_Live_CD
    Last edited by joobleblob; September 4th, 2008 at 11:12 PM. Reason: sorted

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    Re: "Problem with operating system"

    Okay, so I guess this is solved

    You can add [Solved] to the topic so that other people with similar problems may find the solution easier.

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    Re: [SOLVED] "Problem with operating system"

    When you install Windows after Ubuntu, the Windows bootloader overwrites GRUB and only recognizes Window oses.

    Another way to resolve the problem is with Super GRUB Disk.
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