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Booting Problem

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  • Started 1 year ago by cas34
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cas34
Posts: 361

Hi,

There is currently something wrong with my laptop and I have lost all functionality in normal mode and most in safe mode. So far here is what I have tried to do to fix the issue:

1. Boot in safe mode and try and format the C drive. I have tried doing this using the command prompt and also by right clicking the drive and selecting format. Unfortunately this has not worked as neither method recognises any of the drives.

2. Try to boot from CD/USB which contains a live Ubuntu CD/USB but it just boots into windows.

3. I tried to select the order of boot devices but it won't let me choose USB or CD.

There is nothing important on the hard drive so I don't mind wiping everything and starting again. Ideally I want to wipe the hard drive and install Ubuntu. Any suggestions on what I can try now?

Cheers

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Ruja
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Which model is your PC? Way to boot into a CD or USB depends on the model.

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cas34
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It is an Advent 5421 laptop, which is about 5 years old.

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raphoenix
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cas34
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Going to need to do this later as the gf needs her laptop back :(

Just to make sure I have got it right, do I download both and then try and use the recovery disk when I boot up?

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Ruja
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How did you burn the Ubuntu CD? You can download the ISO image of Ubuntu Live CD from http://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop . I would recommend Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS (32-bit version).

Follow this guide to burn the ISO image with ImgBurn:
http://forum.imgburn.com/index.php?showtopic=61

Download ImgBurn:
http://www.imgburn.com/

According to the manual (thanks raphoenix) "When the BIOS performs the POST (Power-On Self Test), press F2 key quickly to activate the Phoenix BIOS Setup Utility." From there go to Boot, then Boot Device Priority, and sort the boot sequence with the + and - keys. Then press F10 to save and exit.

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