I recently dug an old Dell Inspiron 530S thin client out of a storage room, in hopes of getting it up and running to use at my desk. However I found that XP had screwed up and there were several sector read errors. I didn't want XP anyways and I decided to install Ubuntu by way of Wubi. I ran the Wubi installer and set a username and password in the installer. This was all great until I decided to start up Ubuntu and found that they user name I had created DID NOT EXIST! SO, much more research went into the issue and I found that I could access the root account if I could boot into recovery, something I was rather familiar with from previous issues. Although this time, it didn't want to go into recovery. It pulled up a screen in which many lines of text spewed across, loading mouse, loading key board, etc. But when it was about to launch into recovery mode, it stopped, and started to load Ubuntu as normal. I have tried to boot into recovery several times and I haven't been able to get it.
What would be my next steps in attacking the problem, I have an Ubuntu disk, but for some reason it never worked when I tried to boot from it. Giving an error that means you have to change some directory names, something I found to be common with USB Installs.
I currently have NTLDR on the MBR, although I would like to have GRUB2.
If all else fails, I will just download Ubuntu Server Distro and install it. I normally use Ubuntu Server Distro for my desktops anyway due to the versatility and customization that the desktop Distro doesn't offer.