Lost my Linux...Help, please?

#1
I obtained this laptop with vista ultimate and linux mint both installed. I don't have a disk for either. Both would run and there were no problems. A friend desided to "tweak" my system and installed EasyBCD. Trouble is, the option to boot into linux does not work. How do I find where linux is and correct this problem? I know just about enough to get in worse trouble, so please be gentle. If someone wants, I'll allow acsess remotely for them to figure this out.
 

JustinW

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#2
Are you getting a boot menu when you power-on the system? Your friend may have just changed the timeout to 0 to boot Vista directly. Go into EasyBCD -> Change Settings and adjust the bootloader timeout. Else post your debug bcd details from view settings.
 
#3
I believe this is what you need. My original setup had a linux mint boot choice screen with a timeout default to linux. My friend installed EasyBCD to allow Vista to be the default OS. The only choice listed in EasyBCD that boots now is Vista. I did upgrade to 2.0 beta after looking around this forum, but no joy. I think I could add an entry for Linux, but I don't know where to tell EasyBCD to find it. The laptop is an Alienware Area51 M7700 (Clevo D900T) with 1 hard drive. I don't mind saying I'm over my head here, so...
Thanx in advance for any help!!
Grabby


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#6
Do I need to know a location for linux, or will it find it?
You can point it at the correct drive and partition in the "Device" drop-down menu under the Linux tab.
 
#8
Yes, you can, but normally the correct partition would be seen as a "Linux" partition in the Device drop-down...
So since you only have one Linux partition, it shouldn't be hard to figure out which partition you need to point the entry at. :wink:
 
#9
Well, after trying all kinds of fixes from here and other places, I had a flash of not-so-dumb and checked disk management. Shows 3 partitions, 2 of them are 100% free. Empty!!!! My "friend" seems to have deleted all the linux stuff. All the restore tools I have only go to the date he did it. I had a highly customized version of Linux Mint and a LOT of files there...GONE! Thank you all for your help. Would have worked if anything was there. Grabby
 
#10
Well, after trying all kinds of fixes from here and other places, I had a flash of not-so-dumb and checked disk management. Shows 3 partitions, 2 of them are 100% free. Empty!!!! My "friend" seems to have deleted all the linux stuff. All the restore tools I have only go to the date he did it. I had a highly customized version of Linux Mint and a LOT of files there...GONE! Thank you all for your help. Would have worked if anything was there. Grabby
No, from Disk Management, the partitions will be shown as empty, because the filesystem (ext3) is not recognized by Windows. That does not mean they are empty. :tongueout:oint:
 
#11
Well, thats something I thought about after I last posted. Thanx for confirming. I have tried all possible combinations under the add/remove tab to get this working. Would a repair/re-install of Linux work like a Windows repair? In my research on this problem I learned that Linux sets up a dual boot automaticly, so that is what WAS on here. If it worked I would be back where this all started? I would delete EasyBCD and start over, but I worry that that may lose more?
Grabby
 
#12
Is Linux on the same hard drive as Windows?
If so, then you will need to check the option "Grub is not installed to the MBR/bootsector" under the Linux tab in EasyBCD's Add/Remove Entries section.
If not, then you will need to make sure you are not checking that box.

If its still not working after that, you will have to configure NeoGrub manually to boot Linux.

Jake