Posted 10 May 2011 - 07:51 PM
This thread may end up being all over the place. I don't even know where to start with all that's gone wrong. Heck, I don't even *remember* half the things that have gone wrong today ...
In a nutshell, a hard drive of mine that had two Windows partitions on it stopped being detected as an external (in Windows XP and in 7), and wouldn't boot as the internal master either.
So I used my Ubuntu 10.10 live CD, but Gparted wouldn't work (or maybe I didn't know how to work IT), and now there are remnants of Ubuntu on my drive. Nothing else, just unallocated space with bits and pieces of Ubuntu, which partially installed. I found out about the odds and ends via a few different Windows recovery disks/boot disks. They can't boot the computer because they can't find the Linux kernel.
So now, as Ramchu wisely advised in my Error 17 thread, I'm using my PCLOS live CD. No matter which option I choose on boot -- Live CD, Safe Boot, etc. -- I ultimately end up with a screen saying Kernel 126.96.36.199-pclos6.bfs on an i686 / tty1
localhost login: <blinking cursor here>
What do I type in? I tried typing root, but then when it asks me for a password, it won't let me type *anything.* I press enter and it asks me over and over. I've tried typing several things, and I get the same thing and ultimately have to just power down cold.
I have three live CDs: PCLOS (Dec 2010), Ubuntu 10.10, and Mint 10. Which should I use, and what can I do?