reply to post by TinFoilHatMan55
I actually took that challenge a bit ago. I downloaded it via the option where I guess it sets on top of windows. By the Ubuntu Desktop Edition
I'll even detail how it went...
Download and Install went smooth. It put a nice little option where I could boot into Windows or Ubuntu. I'll admit, I didn't spend a huge amount
of time in Ubuntru - but it seemed nice from what I found (at least thus far).
The good - A few hours in Ubuntu land..
I was impressed with its speed, its looks and how many things either came with it or you could get for free. All in all, it looked to be a good OS.
I mainly just kicked the tires for a bit and surfed the web a little, but I liked it. But sadly, this would not last....
I had to run to the dentist and Ubuntu said it had a bunch of updates to install. Fine, do your stuff, my new little friend. When I get back we'll
play some more. I went to the dentist and Ubuntu happily chugged away at updating itself.
Bad Grub Does Bad Things
So I get back and Ubuntu says it wants to update Grub. Now I didn't know what the heck Grub is and it didn't tell me that I saw. However, Ubuntu
had played so nicely with everything so far I told it, "Sure little buddy - if it'll make you happy. Go ahead and install Grub". It snickered
evilly and soon told me to reboot.
Purgatory and Arcane Rituals.
At reboot I get a message about something not found and a prompt that says "Grub Rescue>". That's it.
I hop on net on another PC and do a bit
of research. I find on various forums and Wiki's that likely Grub has whacked something (no kidding) but that I *might* be able to get things back
According to these sources getting things back to rights involved typing in various cryptic commands into the command line in set order and a set
time. I think there was also something about having to sacrifice a black rat to Baal on midnight during the new moon and it might aid the process to
work better. In any event, except for "ls" none of the commands would even work.. "ls" showed the HD's but no partitions.
Redemption on CD and back to Windows..
I pulled out my Vista CD - booted from that - from there i was able to run something to fix the boot rec. I booted - I got the option to go to Vista
or Ubuntu. I picked Vista - It worked!!! I still the get option now to boot into Vista or Ubuntu. I haven't picked Ubuntu since that day. It may
work -it may not. I honestly haven't had time or willingness to play with whatever now awaits me if it I pick that option.
The "Frogs that is TDLTR version" - I liked Ubuntu till it trashed my boot sector. I haven't been back to it since then.