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Starting from the top, I have three disks: first hard drive contains existing windows 7 installation, second drive is a SSD that I want to place new Ubuntu installation on, and third is a storage HDD. At the time of the Ubuntu install, everything was working fine with the Win 7 install.

So, I formatted the 80GB SSD to prep for Ubuntu, then booted from the Ubuntu Live CD. I proceeded to use the LiveCD tool to partition the SSD with the following two partitions: the first is a 70GB Ext partition with a "/" start point and the second is a 10GB swap partition. My first question is whether this is the appropriate partition configuration? I see some guides that refer to other optional or "potentially necessary" partitions. I have no way of determining whether those are required in my situation, though I suspect this may be part of the issue.

Anyway, the installation completed with no errors and I elected to place the Linux bootloader on the 70GB partition that I created on the SSD. My computer restarted and, as expected, the Windows bootloader was still in control and booted into Windows 7 just fine. I then used Easy BCD to add a Linux entry to the Windows bootloader. During this step, I changed the "BOOT Type" option (I may be remembering that wrong, but it was something like that) for the linux boot option from GRUB to GRUB2 as I was under the impression that every Ubuntu installation aver a version 9.10 used GRUB2, though truthfully I have no idea what the hell that means or if that was the right move.

I then attempted to restart my computer, the Windows bootloader again appeared and this time contained both teh Win 7 and Ubuntu Linux entries. I selected the Linux entry, at which point I was directed to what appeared to be a Linux bootloader menu in which had several options, the first one was Ubuntu and there were a few I didn;t recognize and the last one was "Windows 7". I barely had time to read the options before one was automatically selected. I would assume this was the top "Ubuntu" entry. At this point, my monitors went blank, actually they went into standby indicating that no signal was being received from the computer, and the computer stayed like that for about 10 minutes before I turned it off.

Now when I boot up, I see the BIOS and its progress bar. After the progress bar fills, the screens again go into standby, I don't see any bootloader. I tried booting and going into the BIOS setup, the BIOS screen indicates when I press "F2" to enter setup (the text indicating the option to press F2 to enter setup changes to "Entering Setup"). However, it does not take me to setup and my screens again go into standby mode and no key presses generate any response. Furthermore, on the BIOS screen, I also have the option to press F12 to access the boot menu. I tried using this option to use tell the computer to boot from CD, but it will not even recognize the F12 selection, I get that invalid selection beep from my computer.

Basically, the bootloader doesn't load and I can't get into my BIOS. The way I see it now, I have 2 options left to try. First, I can disconnect the SSD and see if my computer magically recovers and boots into Win 7. If that doesn't work, I can pull the BIOS reset jumper on the motherboard. Hopefully one or both of those options together will allow me to get into my windows installation, at which point I plan to reformat the SSD and restore my original bootloader settings. My question is whether someone can point out where I went wrong and what I can do to successfully install Ubuntu on a second hard drive maintaining my existing Win 7 installtion and utilizing the Windows bootloader.

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