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CMOS battery replacement - BIOS seems to be looking for windows loader [on hold]

So I determined that my CMOS battery was shot! I replaced it and the bios seems to be looking for windows boot manager now. I love my system (12.04) - how can I get it back and this horrible windows ...
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Ubuntu update overwrote MBR, but did it make backup?

I had Ubuntu 12.04 (32-bit) with Windows 7 working with multiboot setup on computer with McAfee Endpoint Encryption. Only Windows 7 partition was encrypted together with MEE bootloader being on MBR. I ...
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Alternative To DD For Back/Restore Of MBR

I need a program that can backup/restore an MBR so that if I have boot problems related to such I can just restore it. I'm aware that DD can be used for this, but I'm looking for an alternative tool, ...
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“Reboot or select proper boot device” Error after install Ubuntu on Win 8 Drive

I have a Gateway DX4885 machine that came with a new install of Windows 8. Upon receiving the computer I did a fresh install of Ubuntu 12.04LTS desktop, using the format tool in the Ubuntu install ...
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Is there a way to force Ubuntu to install in BIOS mode?

I'm currently trying to triple boot OSX, WIndows 8.1, and Ubuntu on my macbook pro 5,3. I have 2 hard drives. One only has OSX on it and the other has Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu. That hard drive uses an ...
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Cannot load operating system

I am trying to make the big move from Windows to Ubuntu. I have encountered an error while trying to install Ubuntu 12.04. Currently I have Windows XP SP3 installed as well as another version of ...
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Dual-boot Windows7/Ubuntu want to take Ubuntu off and replace with mint [closed]

So I have already dual booted my HP laptop with windows 7 and Ubuntu 13.04 and I wanting to take Ubuntu 13.04 off and replace it with mint. My problem is I'm worried if I delete the Ubuntu partition ...
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Uninstalling Ubuntu 12.04

I installed Ubuntu alongside my Windows 8 in a dual boot set-up but I didn't like it as much as I thought I would and now I would like to remove it. I have read over steps to do this ( restoring MBR ...
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wubildr.mbr missing or corrupt error while installing Ubuntu using Wubi in Windows 8 [duplicate]

I have installed Ubuntu to my external drive using Wubi, but, when I choose to run Ubuntu, it says that \ubuntu\winboot\wubildr.mbr is either missing or corrupt. I am currently attempting to do a disk ...
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Can't boot into Windows 7 EFI GPT after recovery operation

My question, or rather issue, is in the extent of this previous case in which I wanted to grow my Linux (ext4) partition. The partition /dev/sda6 was in the way of doing this and since it contained ...
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I need Plan of Attack! Please help

I need for someone to help me creating a plan of attack ; ) Purpose: Setting up dual booting = Windows 8.1 + Ubuntu 13.10. Present status: Both OSs are installed in a different hard disks, with ...
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Deleted windows partition from Ubuntu and now can't boot

I recently was performing a fresh install of Windows on one of the partitions on my SSD and for some reason I decided to delete the windows boot partition from within Ubuntu before cloning over a ...
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Trying to clean up my MBR's

I curently have at least two Grub's installed on my HD. Iḿ trying to use a couple of tools to configure the one currently in use (I guess that is the one on /dev/sda). More precise, I want to load ...
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How do I check if a GPT or MBR partition table is being used? [duplicate]

I understand that GPT (GUID Partition Table) is the newer partition table format, and that it supports having many primary partitions. How can I check if a GPT or MBR partition table is being used?
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Trying to remove leftover GPT Data using Fixparts

So i have a laptop that come with windows 8, like others i dislike it with passion, installed windows 7 over the top (i assumed it would atleast wipe the MBR properly but i dont think so anymore. ...
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Why does the MBR return a different offset than Ubuntu's commands?

~$ sudo /sbin/fdisk -l /dev/sda | grep sda[0-9] /dev/sda1 * 2048 234133503 117065728 83 Linux /dev/sda2 234135550 250068991 7966721 5 Extended /dev/sda5 ...
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Ubuntu gparted doesn't detect windows partition [duplicate]

Please don't mark it duplicate. I have been through the rest of the posts and suggestions! I am trying to dual boot Windows 7 with Ubuntu or Kali Linux but i am unable to do so. I have backed up all ...
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Can I restore GPT info from MBR ?

I had a problem where my ubuntu installer would not recognize my windows partition, so i looked it up, and someone suggested 'zapping' GPT from my hdd with sudo gdisc /dev/sdb followed by x, z, y, n. ...
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3TB HDD and legacy BIOS

I have new 3TB HDD and motherboard with legacy BIOS. To take advantage of full HDD capacity I have to use GPT partition table. I want to dual-boot Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 13.10 (64-bit) from this HDD. ...
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After restoring partition with TestDisk, need to restore MBR

I accidentally trashed my partition while trying to wipe a USB flash drive. Here is the command that I ran: sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb bs=1M count=1 After that disaster, my computer would not ...
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Windows 7 not working after installing linux

I recently tried installing Ubuntu onto an external hard drive and if messed up my MBR. The first time I did it I was able to fix the MBR using my Windows 7 install disc. Now when I try to use the ...
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Restore Windows 8.1 MBR from Ubuntu

I had Windows 8.1 and i was booting using UEFI. I installed Ubuntu 13.10 in Legacy BIOS and than i was trying to convert it in EFI using this: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UEFI Converting Ubuntu ...
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Will I lose my data is I “write MBR partition table to disk and exit” in Gparted?

I've never used Ubuntu before and I'm trying to install it. Apparently Ubuntu thinks I don't have Windows 7 installed, so I don't have the option to install it alongside Windows. I found a tutorial ...
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I can't boot into windows anymore!

A few weeks ago I set my computer up to dual boot Ubuntu 13.10 and Windows 7 Pro. Everything worked fine, but I found the hassle of switching between OSs annoying. Since I prefer Windows 7 I decided ...
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How do I turn my USB into a bootable device? [duplicate]

So, I messed up my windows 7 boot loader, and I'm trying to change my USB so that I can use it as you would use the Windows Recovery disk. I have the .iso for the recovery disk and I've changed the ...
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Restoring the MBR

While following instructions from this page I accidentally deleted the MBR. I do however still have a backup of the MBR. I tried to resore it using the following command $dd if=MBR-backup of=/dev/hdx ...
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Dual boot on seperate hard drives - Windows 7 MBR and Ubuntu GPT

My question is simple. I currently have Windows 7 (64-bit) installed on a SSD MBR partition. I also have a 3TB HDD that I am splitting between extra Win-7 storage and what will hopefully be an Ubuntu ...
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Black screen ubuntu with 1234F:?

Ubuntu was up and running, my computer apparently got unplugged last night and died. I plugged it in and turned it on. My screen is all black with 1234F:. When I type a letter, number, or press enter ...
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Alter MBR order of partitions after copying partitions to larger drive

I have a new 1TB laptop drive that I want to clone an existing drive to. The issue is that I want to reorder and resize the existing partitions. The existing partition table for the drive is ...
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ubuntu installer is not detecting windows and existing partitions

while instlling ubuntu 12.04/13.04 the installer doesnt detect my partitions and my windows 7 OS, so I cant install them side by side. I create through windows tool the partition D but i cant see it. ...
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Can't re-install windows 8 after installing Ubuntu on a uefi laptop

Hi i am using a Samsung laptop which had windows 8 pre-installed. It has a UEFI motherboard and secure boot. It also has a hybrid HDD, so it has a 20GB ssd for the OS as well as a HDD. I have made a ...
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Can't remove GPT data from MBR

I am having difficulty getting the Ubuntu installer (and gparted) to recognize the partitions on my MBR type disk. Other operating systems and disk tools read the disk structure and the files on it ...
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Convert from EFI to BIOS boot

I have a Samsung Notebook NP900X4C with an LUKS encrypted installation of Linux Mint 15 on it. The system is booting in UEFI mode. The problem is that the samsung-notebook kernel module is disabled ...
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recover lost partiton table

Wanted to add 100 mb music file to my external drive which i am using as a backup drive for important data. When the transfer was over i hit the safe remove option. Then new dialog appears saying the ...
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Can't install Ubuntu and Windows 7 x64 on same system - MBR UEFI issue

I'm trying to install Windows 7x64 and Ubuntu 13.04 x64 side by side on a laptop. I've successfully installed each on the laptop. However, when Windows is installed and I try to install ubuntu it ...
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Booting back into Windows fails after Ubuntu installation. “Common fixes” did not work yet!

Today I finally made the big step and installed Ubuntu to my primary productive system. While there is still a Windows 8 "fall-back" system on sda1, Ubuntu was installed to sda5. I think installing ...
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MBR not found error during installation

I am completely new to Linux/Ubuntu but I want to learn it. Recently my HD crashed so I bought a new SSD and installed Windows on the C drive. I have my normal stuff on D drive and want to install ...
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Forced to boot into Windows 7`

Just posted 1 there trying to get a Ubuntu and Windows dual boot working. I have installed like I was advised but now no matter which HDD I chose to boot from it always loads up windows, and GRUB ...
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GRUB installation Windows and Ubuntu 13.04

I have two hard drives, one with no partitions and Windows 7 installed on it(ssd): /dev/sda And the second is for Ubuntu 13.04 (hdd), and is partitioned for: /dev/sdb1 / /dev/sdb2 /home /dev/sdb3 ...
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Dual boot Ubuntu (GPT bios disk) and Win 7 (MBR disk) [SOLVED]

I have a new MSI motherboard (UEFI), being used in UEFI+legacy mode, with two disks, one Ubuntu ( primary disk - GPT with bios_grub flag on ) and Windows 7 in the 2nd disk (MBR partition). And I'm ...
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Can I install Ubuntu on a separate SSD, AFTER having encrypted my Windows 8 drive using Truecrypt, without messing up the bootloader?

I would like to install Ubuntu on a fresh SSD that is currently not encrypted. My current system contains (among others) an SSD, fully encrypted using Truecrypt on which Windows 8 is installed. How ...
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Dual Boot Not working when installing Ubuntu after Windows 7

Brand new laptop, installed win7, created a 30gb partition and installed 13.04 (64bit EUFI off a usb drive) gets through the install with no issues i used the Easy setup. it did not alter my win7 ...
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Windows 7 & Ubuntu Install (UEFI & GPT partition)

I got a new 1TB disk - so I installed UBUNTU (13.04 64bit) on it to test it out. I couldn't boot to it for some reason so I deleted the partition in Windows and formatted the drive (NTFS). Then I ...
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Will Windows fixmbr upset Ubuntu

I have a home PC dual booting Windowx XP with Ubuntu 12.04. I have been using GParted and changing some sizes of various partitions to use some extra available free space. It occurred to me that if I ...
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how to use grub2 as main bootloader

Personally, I prefer the look of the Ubuntu boot loader over the windows boot loader. Might seem strange, but I like things simple I guess. I installed windows 8 and then Ubuntu, with a partition ...
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Is there any easy way to get Ubuntu back after reinstalling windows 8?

Apparently I can't use the grub> root(hd...) trick from a LiveCD because GRUB can't find itself. It is on /dev/hdb5. There are 3 hard-drives. One has Windows 8 and Ubuntu 13, one has Ubuntu 12, and ...
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Disk error occurred

I just installed Ubuntu 13.04 alongside my Windows 8, but after that my Windows 8 is not loading. a disk error occurred it says. Then I restored the MBR using boot repair, but again it is showing the ...
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Ubuntu - Windows 8 [duplicate]

I tried to Install Ubuntu on a "Gateway ZX 4260-MB 308" it has Windows 8, I downloaded the Installer, i followed all the steps and it said it was done, but when I log to Ubuntu it keeps telling me ...
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Lost ubuntu while recovering mbr

I have Ubuntu 13.04(32 bit) and Windows 7. I restored my MBR from Ubuntu using terminal(did not use recovery CD). When I rebooted, the Windows MBR booted to Windows directly. I want to have Ubuntu ...
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Help restoring my Windows 7 after boot failure and mysterious appearance of grub rescue> prompt?

Before we get started, I want to clarify I love Ubuntu, and Linux and all that Jazz. I know how passionate those with the expertise to help are about this. :D The issue involved my BF3 machine ...