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Gateway wont boot from disk?

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#1 5w0rd


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Posted 31 July 2009 - 12:54 PM

I am running a Gateway Solo 5300 and I decided a little while (about a week) ago to switch to Ubuntu. BIG MISTAKE :thumbsup: . Anyway, I was able to install it through a boot disk and the install went just fine. Now its freezing and whatnot, so I decided it was a good idea to switch back. Anyway, I have a WinXP professional edition disk and I put it in the Atapi CD-ROM drive restart ect ect ect. I made sure that the boot order menu is running the optical drive first, hard drive last in the boot order and I let it run and I can hear the optical drive turn on and run but it doesn't boot from the CD, it goes right to GRUB and boots from the hard drive. What do I need to do?

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 01:37 PM

Remove Grub?



#3 5w0rd

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 06:28 PM

Well, first off, thank you for your interest. Secondly, it seems like the best way to do it with a WinXP disk requires a "press r for recovery console" prompt. I am not getting that prompt. As another note, I didn't partition my hard drive to do this. I ran Wubi on it first to try it out (which worked fine) I tried it for about a week and decided to reformat over top of Win XP.

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Posted 31 July 2009 - 09:25 PM

Do you get "Press any key to boot from CD....." prompt?

If you can boot from Ubuntu CD but not from XP CD, then your CD may be faulty. Try cleaning your CD and booting again from it.

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Posted 01 August 2009 - 02:20 AM

When I was undoing a dual boot (Vista/Ubuntu), even though the laptop was set to boot from cd first I found that I had to re-select this option via F12 (Dell) at bootup and then go the the 'press any key...' option as stated above.

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