HP ZV5000 - XP - Lubuntu will not start

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  1. URDRWHO

    URDRWHO Member

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    Ok, last week, even though I chose install along side windows, I was the one that Lubuntu decided to install over my Win XP partition. Got the partition back and programs running.

    Today I decide to give the install another try. This time I choose the "something else" option at installation and installed on a newly created partition.

    Now Lubuntu will not start and all I get is a blinking cursor.

    I can start windows without a problem.

    Several questions:


    How to I make windows the default start up option.
    If I need to do it, how do I uninstall Grub
    If I need to how do I uninstall Lubuntu
    Can I change the Lubuntu start-up config using the live CD

    I once had Ubuntu on this laptop and it worked well. I can't get Lubuntu to play well. Last week when Lubuntu choose to overwrite the windows petition it would boot.

    Maybe I should just install Ubuntu and that would overwrite Grub

    After what happened last week, I am gun shy to use the windows command to repair commands - bootrec fixmbr and bootrec FixBoot.
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  2. Darren Hale

    Darren Hale Active Member

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    lxde can be installed as a desktop environment for ubuntu, so you can still have the excellent LXDE. Welcome to our community and good luck with finding your answers.
  3. arochester

    arochester Super Moderator Staff Member

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    You can change the boot order as here: http://askubuntu.com/questions/100232/how-do-i-change-the-grub-boot-order

    You use Windows to: fixmbr . As here: http://pcsupport.about.com/od/fixtheproblem/ht/repairmbr.htm This will retore MBR (Master Boot Record)

    If you mean how do I go back to Windows, I think you just extend the Windows Partition . If you mean how do I load another distro of Linux you just install into the Lubuntu Partition.
  4. URDRWHO

    URDRWHO Member

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    I'm think that maybe my laptop doesn't like Lubuntu. I also notice that when running the live disk, the file icons don't show unless my cursor is on them. Some may stay visible, some may not. It may be a video problem? Maybe it is why it doesn't load?
  5. arochester

    arochester Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Input the command: lspci

    What appears on the line about "VGA compatible controller"

    That is your video card.
  6. URDRWHO

    URDRWHO Member

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    Yep --- I knew this one
    NVIDIA GeForce4

    I installed the 32 bit and then I thought that since my HP is an AMD 64 bit I should use 64 bit. I downloaded the 64 bit and ran it live. The icons still do the same thing.

    I ran a Ubuntu disk live and didn't see the same issue. Odd????

    My laptop is running 2 gig of memory but the HD is only 60 gigs. I do have the external 500 that I off load music, pics, etc. In the end I have enough space that could install either Ubuntu or Lubuntu.

    I'm all about running as lean as possible and I would like to use the lighter Lubuntu but I'm having issues.

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