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Basically, there was a security issue in the drivers for my graphics card. It was a 64-bit card and I installed 32-bit Windows.

Apparently, before SP1 was available, which fixed that issue, 6 trojan horses got in. They stopped SP1 from installing. After going through the ringer several times, I finally talked to a person who knew the problem. It was something about how the drivers tried to transfer between the 32-bit OS and the 64-bit card that left me open.

Ever since, my computer has been slow and has had weird issues. Like tinypic wouldn't ever load. Also, certain programs wouldn't install.

So I eventually talk to the dude that knew the problem and he takes the reigns and does some diagnostics. He tells me that to fix it I have to format the hard drive and do a fresh install. I'm okay with that because I was planning on it anyway, to upgrade to the 64-bit version.

The problem is, how do I do that? I have the disk to install the new copy, but when I go to install it, it tells me I can't and to check the log file. However, I don't know where that log file is, and it wiped my install of Windows out. How do I find the file and as a different route to get to the goal, how do I zero out the drive from Ubuntu 12.04? (I installed the 64-bit version just the other day)

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Boot from Ubuntu live cd and install a software called bleachbit where you can wipe uneeded inforamtion from your hard drive.more over you can use Gparted after that to delete all partitoins and repartition again.

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To answer your second question, fire up the live CD and run GParted. From there, delete all of your partitions. WARNING: This will nuke all the data on your drive.

Upon rebooting, you should be able to run the Windows installer from scratch.

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Creating a new partition table is another alternative, with essentially the same effects. –  Eliah Kagan Sep 27 '12 at 4:07
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Thanks for the idea, Scott. Unfortunately it didn't work. It still shows an error that says that it cannot either find or create a system partition for the install. Is there a way to zero the drive? It might work slightly better. –  Dana LaBerge Sep 27 '12 at 4:57
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In that case, the problem isn't with Ubuntu, but presumably is Windows-related, which would make this question off-topic for Ask Ubuntu. You might try asking over on SuperUser instead. –  Scott Severance Sep 27 '12 at 5:04
    
The only reason I asked here is because right now Ubuntu is the only operating system I have installed and am trying whatever tools it offers first. Is there a way to zero out the drive in Ubuntu? I think if I can do that it might help. –  Dana LaBerge Sep 28 '12 at 19:11
    
If following the advice given I'm the two answers here doesn't solve your problem, then the problem isn't really one for Ubuntu. One more suggestion: to zero your drive, boot from the live CD and, assuming your hard drive is /dev/sda, do dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda. –  Scott Severance Sep 29 '12 at 0:53
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