my computer (for some reason totally unknown to me) is running feisty fawn. I asked a friend to fix my sound driver and this is what I get. Alright, so when I pop the disk in it stops at the "Setup is inspecting your hardware configuration" screen. Well, right after that at a blank screen really.
First off ....as per groovicus - you either have an Ubuntu live disk in the cd-rom.....OR......your friend has used the excuse to fix your sound card as an opportunity to "introduce" you to linux without your consent and has actually installed Ubuntu onto your hard disk hoping you'll like Linux.....(you probably would but that's beside the point. He needs your permission). If it is just a live disk, remove it and your PC should boot into Windows. You will probably want to reset the BIOS to boot off the hard drive.
IF he has actually installed it to the hard drive, you may want to give him a sound thrashing for not getting your permission. Anyhoo...... if he's done that, most linux distros will by default set the boot loader to recognize a Windows partition, so the fact that this boot menu is apparently not available to you indicates that there is either a live cd in the machine OR he screwed up the Ubuntu install somehow.
As mentioned, unless he wiped the HD clean, there should be a recovery partition where XP is residing, waiting to be recovered...but you will need the recovery disks. The prompt " setup is inspecting your hardware configuration" sounds to me as though you have an XP disk and have popped it into the cdrom tray. If this is the case, then it would make sense that a Linux partition has been installed on your PC and Windows cannot recognize Linux partitions......hence the blank screen.
For what it's worth, if you want to try linux, do it with a live disk. If you want to dual boot (have both xp and Linux on your HD), then life is much easier if Windows is installed first.....then Linux ( because Linux CAN see a Windows partition). It can be done the other way around but prepare to grind your teeth into a powder.
Hope this helps
Edited by Trio3b, 04 July 2007 - 12:11 AM.