Dual boot to install ubuntu and xp problem

By juliovg
Feb 11, 2008
  1. Hey everybody,

    I just installed ubuntu in my laptop which already had win xp

    according to the instructions I should be able to boot from both OS, but only
    ubuntu is available

    it seems I did something wrong with the partitions part, because I cannot see
    the rest of my HD but only de Ubuntu partition

    ANy idea on how I can remov ubuntu and recover XP or any idea on how to recover it without removing ubuntu


  2. monton

    monton TS Booster Posts: 113

    It sounds like you have formatted the entire drive for Ubuntu. If so I think there is no going back. XP is gone. I've installed Ubuntu on several XP machines and haven't had any problems. I gave Ubuntu 50% of the disk space. It did the rest. You should see a menu of OS choices on boot. If not then there may not be any choices.
    I'm not aware of any way to get XP "back" if the drive was formatted.

  3. juliovg

    juliovg TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I don't know if I formatted de drive, but there is no partition...

    I´m using the xp installation disc to see if I can recover, but it does not start , I insert the disc, turn off the machine , then turn it on and press any key to start from cd, but then the screen goes black and nothing happens
  4. monton

    monton TS Booster Posts: 113

    What video card do you have in the laptop? My experience has been that just about anything nVidia works, most ATIs don't and Intel onboard video are iffy at best.

    I had the same results, black screen, in a desktop with Ubuntu 7.10. It had an ATI Radeon. I had an old nVidia Rivia card lying around, plugged it in and on reboot had video.

    So, all that said, Ubuntu supports nVidia products the best. Have you visited the Ubuntu forums? That is another great resource.

    I am very happy with the 3 dual boots I've set up. 2 nVidia and one Intel.
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