Re: Vista won't boot after attempting to load Linux on dual partition
> I installed Vista Ultimate 64 on a dual partition, the installation
> was good and Vista was working very well. I then attempted to install
> Linux on the second partition, however Linux didn't start the intall
> in the second partition, it attempted to install into the Vista
> partition. This eliminated the drivers and Vista won't boot. I
> attempted to repair this problem with the install disk, however it
> says there is no hard drive.
> I was considering FDISKing the hard drive. I don't know how to get to
> a DOS prompt though. Does anyone have any ideas about how I can
> remedy this problem?
You shouldn't need to FDISK and I wouldn't recommend it for a Vista install
unless all else fails.
Once Linux setup hosed your Vista setup, repair couldn't recognize your
setup, hence the warning you got. However, Vista setup should be able to
handle this. Start a new install with Vista, when it takes you to the
screen with a few install options, there should be a button for either
"Advanced" or "Other Options" or something similar on, I believe, the lower
right of the screen. Click that and you will see options to delete
partitions, create new ones and format.
The partition map that opens will probably show the partition with the
broken install as "Unknown" or something similar but it should show
something that you can then delete, create a new partition in its place,
format and you're good to go.