UBUNTU DESTROYS MBR

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Bronx New York USA

I suggest no one try to install UBUNTU OS or any of those OS. I tried to
install UBUNTU last night based on professional instruction found online.
Ubuntu has a feature which writes into your MBR (master boot record). When I
rebooted system to try and access one of the dual systems (Ubuntu and
WinXP), I was alarmed that Windows would not boot. I followed instructions
to the letter found online.

Next I tried to restore my Windows. Mind you I do computer repairs. I was
alarmed to discover that Ubuntu had scripted my computer's MBR. This means
that even if I deleted the Ubuntu partition, the MBR was still damaged. I
could not fix it with FDISK. FDISK would not write to partition as it
normally does. Ubuntu screwed up system big time. Lucky I had the original
laptop restoration DVD which fixed the hardrive. I do not need to mention
that Acronis did not restore my backed up XP system, it failed as well.
 
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Gordon

Bronx New York USA said:
I suggest no one try to install UBUNTU OS or any of those OS. I tried to
install UBUNTU last night based on professional instruction found online.
Ubuntu has a feature which writes into your MBR (master boot record). When
I rebooted system to try and access one of the dual systems (Ubuntu and
WinXP), I was alarmed that Windows would not boot. I followed instructions
to the letter found online.

never had that problem here......

Next I tried to restore my Windows. Mind you I do computer repairs. I was
alarmed to discover that Ubuntu had scripted my computer's MBR. This means
that even if I deleted the Ubuntu partition, the MBR was still damaged. I
could not fix it with FDISK. FDISK would not write to partition as it
normally does. Ubuntu screwed up system big time. Lucky I had the original
laptop restoration DVD which fixed the hardrive. I do not need to mention
that Acronis did not restore my backed up XP system, it failed as well.

never had that problem either.......You don't fix the MBR with FDisk - if
you'd done some proper research prior to your very hasty actions you would
have discovered that.....
 
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Gordon

Gordon said:
never had that problem here......



never had that problem either.......You don't fix the MBR with FDisk - if
you'd done some proper research prior to your very hasty actions you would
have discovered that.....


Plus the fact that MILLIONS of people have quite happily dual-booted with
Ubuntu and XP......
 
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John John

It doesn't destroy the MBR, it simply dislodges the Windows boot loader
and replaces it with Grub. That is the only way it can boot Ubuntu,
because ntldr can't boot Ubuntu. Grub can boot Windows. If in turn you
don't want the Grub loader you simply have to dislodge it and replace it
with another boot loader. There is no need to format partitions or
reinstall Windows to do that, a bit of research on the net would have
quickly yielded answers to your dilemma, it is a simple operation that
takes very little time to accomplish.

John
 
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Maincat

John John said:
It doesn't destroy the MBR, it simply dislodges the Windows boot loader
and replaces it with Grub. That is the only way it can boot Ubuntu,
because ntldr can't boot Ubuntu. Grub can boot Windows. If in turn you
don't want the Grub loader you simply have to dislodge it and replace it
with another boot loader. There is no need to format partitions or
reinstall Windows to do that, a bit of research on the net would have
quickly yielded answers to your dilemma, it is a simple operation that
takes very little time to accomplish.

John
Why not use Microsoft Vitual PC 2007?
 
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Shenan Stanley

Bronx said:
I suggest no one try to install UBUNTU OS or any of those OS. I
tried to install UBUNTU last night based on professional
instruction found online. Ubuntu has a feature which writes into
your MBR (master boot record). When I rebooted system to try and
access one of the dual systems (Ubuntu and WinXP), I was alarmed
that Windows would not boot. I followed instructions to the letter
found online.
Next I tried to restore my Windows. Mind you I do computer repairs.
I was alarmed to discover that Ubuntu had scripted my computer's
MBR. This means that even if I deleted the Ubuntu partition, the
MBR was still damaged. I could not fix it with FDISK. FDISK would
not write to partition as it normally does. Ubuntu screwed up
system big time. Lucky I had the original laptop restoration DVD
which fixed the hardrive. I do not need to mention that Acronis did
not restore my backed up XP system, it failed as well.


The part about that whole post that scares me most...
"Mind you I do computer repairs."
 
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Harry Ohrn

In the old days the trolls would post "Don't install M$ Windoze, switch to
linux today!" And the Microsoft defenders would come unglued.

Now we see a post suggesting that a linux distro is problematic and a number
of windows users jump to it's defence.

My how times have changed ;-)
 
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David B.

Well to be accurate, I wasn't defending Linux, just putting the OP's
supposed computer repair skills into question.
 
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Poprivet

I think it's even less interesting how many maroons jump out of the woodwork
to make sure there are so many posts in any thread that anything worth
reading is will hidden, too.

What ever happened to ignoring trolls and keeping one's mouth shut if they
had nothing relevant to say?

At least I admit this is off topic; no one else here did.
 
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Bruce Chambers

Maincat said:
Why not use Microsoft Vitual PC 2007?

Microsoft's VirtualPC 2007 is very limited (and rather "parochial") in
the variety of operating systems it'll support. If you want to try
something other than a Microsoft OS or OS/2, VirtualPC is useless.

Personally, I use InnoTek's free VirtualBox, (http://virtualbox.org/).
There are versions for either Linux or Windows hosts (the MacOS
version is still in beta), and it supports most Linux distros, all
Microsoft operating systems, OS/2, FreeBSD, and more.


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