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Istimsak Abdulbasir

Istimsak Abdulbasir

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  • Istimsak Abdulbasir
    RE: Trouble with Windows 8
    Hugenoot, if you know of a good backup program to use, and it is related to the topic of the thread, just post a link to it.
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    Hugenoot, if you know of a good backup program to use, and it is related to the topic of the thread, just post a link to it.

  • Istimsak Abdulbasir
    RE: When I start my laptop all my files are gone
    [quote="anderhm"]thanks for replying. i'm sorry but I wasn't clear enough. I did everything again and now I have a similar problem. I installed ubuntu and rebooted the laptop when I was asked. And it did reboot without a problem (just like last time). After that the installation icon was gone and I started using it, but on the next day when I started the laptop it says "ntldr is missing press ctrl+alt+del". What happened? What did I do wrong?[/quote] "ntldr" is the bootloader used to boot a windows operating system. Ubuntu and most Linux distributions is Grub2 as the bootloader. It appears, based on the error message, you have windows installed on your laptop. From experience, when I installed ubuntu(ubuntu-based OS) to my system, as a "clean" install, the installation erases everything on my hard drive. This includes, files, and previous operating systems. The installation overwrites any bootloaders in the MBR(master boot record) with its own bootloader, Grub2 for instance. Provided everything went well, my system boots right into linux. The fact that you are getting the "ntldr" error would suggest that you do have windows on your laptop but you overwritten the "ntldr" with ubuntu's grub bootloader. Without "ntldr" or any others of the windows boot files, windows will not load. Grub has detected a windows partition but can't load it. "ntldr" is used to boot windows operating systems up to an including XP and windows server 2003. I can infer that you have windows XP on your laptop. First thing I need you to do is to check if you still have a Windows installation on your laptop, is so, what version. Then decide if you want to keep it or completely remove it. Based on your answer, we can direct you in the right areas. Hope to hear from you soon.
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    anderhm said:

    thanks for replying. i'm sorry but I wasn't clear enough. I did everything again and now I have a similar problem. I installed ubuntu and rebooted the laptop when I was asked. And it did reboot without a problem (just like last time). After that the installation icon was gone and I started using it, but on the next day when I started the laptop it says "ntldr is missing press ctrl+alt+del". What happened? What did I do wrong?

    "ntldr" is the bootloader used to boot a windows operating system. Ubuntu and most Linux distributions is Grub2 as the bootloader. It appears, based on the error message, you have windows installed on your laptop. From experience, when I installed ubuntu(ubuntu-based OS) to my system, as a "clean" install, the installation erases everything on my hard drive. This includes, files, and previous operating systems. The installation overwrites any bootloaders in the MBR(master boot record) with its own bootloader, Grub2 for instance. Provided everything went well, my system boots right into linux.

    The fact that you are getting the "ntldr" error would suggest that you do have windows on your laptop but you overwritten the "ntldr" with ubuntu's grub bootloader.

    Without "ntldr" or any others of the windows boot files, windows will not load. Grub has detected a windows partition but can't load it.

    "ntldr" is used to boot windows operating systems up to an including XP and windows server 2003. I can infer that you have windows XP on your laptop.

    First thing I need you to do is to check if you still have a Windows installation on your laptop, is so, what version.

    Then decide if you want to keep it or completely remove it. Based on your answer, we can direct you in the right areas.

    Hope to hear from you soon.

  • Istimsak Abdulbasir
    RE: Trouble with Windows 8
    It was my pleasure. You are right though. Grub is normally installed in the MBR. However, it can be installed within a partition. I started doing this when I developed a habit of installing multiple linux systems on my computers. If I got tired of one I removed it. I ran into a problem of my system not booting because the bootloader of the OS that I removed was removed from the MBR as well. So, I started installing Grub in partitions. Yet, normally, you would put grub in the MBR. You learn quick and the above commands you posted were the commands I have forgotten to add. Good job on your research. I will be looking forward for that beer ;-))
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    It was my pleasure. You are right though. Grub is normally installed in the MBR. However, it can be installed within a partition. I started doing this when I developed a habit of installing multiple linux systems on my computers. If I got tired of one I removed it. I ran into a problem of my system not booting because the bootloader of the OS that I removed was removed from the MBR as well. So, I started installing Grub in partitions. Yet, normally, you would put grub in the MBR.

    You learn quick and the above commands you posted were the commands I have forgotten to add. Good job on your research. I will be looking forward for that beer ;-))

  • Istimsak Abdulbasir
    RE: Trouble with Windows 8
    It sounds like you overwritten the grub boot loader. All you have to do it reinstall it. If you did not install windows 8.1 under UEFI then the fix should be a simple reinstallation of the grub bootloader. If you have your mint 16 install disk, insert it, boot from it, change root into the partition that has mint 16 installed: [code]#sudo chroot [/code] Then install grub. [code]#sudo grub-install[/code] Grub will be installed to the current partition. Once installation has completed, update the grub bootloader. [code]#sudo update-grub[/code] Then reboot your system and you should both mint and windows 8.1 listed in the grub boot menu. These instructions should help you in more details. [url=https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2/Installing]https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2/Installing[/url]
    Link to this post 7 days ago

    It sounds like you overwritten the grub boot loader. All you have to do it reinstall it. If you did not install windows 8.1 under UEFI then the fix should be a simple reinstallation of the grub bootloader. If you have your mint 16 install disk, insert it, boot from it, change root into the partition that has mint 16 installed:

    #sudo chroot <path of mint 16 partition>

    Then install grub.

    #sudo grub-install

    Grub will be installed to the current partition. Once installation has completed, update the grub bootloader.

    #sudo update-grub

    Then reboot your system and you should both mint and windows 8.1 listed in the grub boot menu.

    These instructions should help you in more details.

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2/Installing

  • Istimsak Abdulbasir
    RE: Email/PIM Application
    I'll be there with you guys. Discussions and debates like this is how we learn.
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    I'll be there with you guys. Discussions and debates like this is how we learn.

  • Istimsak Abdulbasir
    RE: Avast! Anti Virus for Linux, kind of cool.
    And there you have it. Any questions? Try not to use words like [color=red]"daft, dumb and plain stupid"[/color] as these words can have an offensive effect on the readers. [b]"Careless"[/b] is less offensive yet stern for importance. Firefox is also a good secure browser to use. Not as fast of chrome but still solid.
    Link to this post 18 Dec

    And there you have it. Any questions?

    Try not to use words like "daft, dumb and plain stupid" as these words can have an offensive effect on the readers. "Careless" is less offensive yet stern for importance.

    Firefox is also a good secure browser to use. Not as fast of chrome but still solid.

  • Istimsak Abdulbasir
    RE: Avast! Anti Virus for Linux, kind of cool.
    Thanks for your expertise Hugenoot. This bit of information is a step in the right direction to helping end-users better understand personal computer security. I have learned a few things my self ;-)
    Link to this post 18 Dec

    Thanks for your expertise Hugenoot. This bit of information is a step in the right direction to helping end-users better understand personal computer security. I have learned a few things my self ;-)

  • Istimsak Abdulbasir
    RE: Email/PIM Application
    Let me be the first to admit to not following protocol. If anyone expresses a subject [b]NOT[/b] related to the original title of a thread, please post in the "off topic" section of this forum.
    Link to this post 18 Dec

    Let me be the first to admit to not following protocol. If anyone expresses a subject NOT related to the original title of a thread, please post in the "off topic" section of this forum.

  • Istimsak Abdulbasir
    RE: Email/PIM Application
    "get the facts about cloud computing - it is a pipe dream that will be impractical for another decade at the very least." Firstly, Cloud computing is not a pipe dream, it is real and being heavily deployed. Second, that blog you linked to is not a reputable source. There is no evidence of the writer having any expertise in any field except what they claim in the article. The writer was not stating that cloud computing was bad, or a delusion, but that this service is not accessible to all, which I do believe. You don't have to use cloud computing, it is another option of data transmission. Everyone has their reasons for using it. I am just stating mines. I have never been more happier.
    Link to this post 18 Dec

    "get the facts about cloud computing - it is a pipe dream that will be impractical for another decade at the very least."

    Firstly, Cloud computing is not a pipe dream, it is real and being heavily deployed. Second, that blog you linked to is not a reputable source. There is no evidence of the writer having any expertise in any field except what they claim in the article.

    The writer was not stating that cloud computing was bad, or a delusion, but that this service is not accessible to all, which I do believe.

    You don't have to use cloud computing, it is another option of data transmission. Everyone has their reasons for using it. I am just stating mines. I have never been more happier.

  • Istimsak Abdulbasir
    RE: Avast! Anti Virus for Linux, kind of cool.
    Having you around will be useful. If I understand you correctly, there really isn't a reliable virus scanner to detect all possible viruses on a computer. You have mentioned that you have used "Emsisoft and a good rootkit scanner" to test a windows installation. Are they capable of detecting every known threat that can compromise a Windows computer. Instead you had to manually remove such threats by digging deep into the core of the system and the registry. How did you remove them? It is sound that just because an AV did not detect a threat, does not mean there isn't one. Does not matter how many AVs you run, you still won't get them all. My question is, are those non-removeable threats really threats?
    Link to this post 18 Dec

    Having you around will be useful.

    If I understand you correctly, there really isn't a reliable virus scanner to detect all possible viruses on a computer. You have mentioned that you have used "Emsisoft and a good rootkit scanner" to test a windows installation. Are they capable of detecting every known threat that can compromise a Windows computer.

    Instead you had to manually remove such threats by digging deep into the core of the system and the registry. How did you remove them?

    It is sound that just because an AV did not detect a threat, does not mean there isn't one. Does not matter how many AVs you run, you still won't get them all. My question is, are those non-removeable threats really threats?

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