It is time to retrieve your files from the failing hard drive. Please follow the instructions given below, which will result in you attaching a screenshot to a forum post, using Ubuntu run from the LiveCD.
(I am assuming that you have the latest version of Ubuntu, version 11.10.)
Boot the computer with the Ubuntu CD: Choose to "Try Ubuntu
".At the Ubuntu Desktop
, click on "Dash home" (that's the uppermost icon on the left-hand side), and in the Window that opens, type the first few letters of terminal
into the search box. The results will appear below, and you will see an icon labeled "Terminal
": Click on it. A terminal window will open.Please note well:
- Capitalisiation (whether a letter is typed in upper or lower case) is important when working in Linux!
- The commands that you enter must be exactly as I have provided.
- It is very important to pay close attention to the spaces in the commands provided, and to insert them when entering the commands yourself.
In the terminal window, at the prompt, type:sudo su
and press <ENTER>.
- fdisk -l
- (that's a lower case L as in Llama .... not a ONE ... after the dash/minus sign)
and press <ENTER>.Before you take a screenshot
, I would like you to ensure that you have all the text in the window visible. The lower edge (and the sides) of the terminal window can be moved to increase the size of the window: When you hover the mouse pointer over the window edge you will notice a small "mover" icon appear. At that time press and hold the left mouse button and drag the window edge to make the window larger, and then release the mouse button.
When you have all the text displayed in the terminal window, press (just once) the <PrntScrn> (PrintScreen
) key on your keyboard. A new window ("Save Screenshot") will open: The default "Save to" location will be the Pictures
folder in "Home
" (in reality, this is all in your computer's memory, and will not be saved when you next shut down the system ... but don't concern yourself with that now.) Click on Save
, and the window will close.
Back at the terminal window, type in exit
and press <ENTER>.
Again type in exit
and press <ENTER> and the terminal window will close.At the Ubuntu Desktop
, click on the Firefox
icon (4th one down the left-hand-side) and enter bleepingcomputer.com
in the address box, and press <ENTER>. At the BleepingComputer website, click on Forums
. Log in and then find your topic in the Windows XP forum, and click on Add Reply
Below the text box, you will see the facility to attach a file, under Attachments
. Click on Browse
, and a "File Upload" window will open. Down the left-hand-side of the window (probably 3rd up from the bottom) click on Pictures
. You will see your screenshot image in the right-side window pane. Click on it to select/highlight it, and then click "Open
" (down in the bottom right-side corner of the window).
Now click on "Attach this file
", and then over on the right-hand side, also click on "Add to post
Now, scroll down the page and click on "Add Reply
". Done! You should see your screenshot displayed nicely in your post.
To close the Firefox window, move the mouse pointer up to the very top edge of the screen to display the menu, and then click on the small orange-coloured icon in the very top left-hand side corner.
You may leave Ubuntu running (note that by default the monitor display will cease ... simply move the mouse to have the display resume again). However, you may shut it down if you wish.