November 17, 2013 at 11:12 pm #168258hilanderMember
Hi, I’ve searched this forum high and low and cannot find a definitive answer to my problem. I have an N140 with XP which has been sitting around idle for a while. Decided to try turn it into a media player running XBMC on Ubuntu so installed XBMCBuntu which created a dual boot option which worked well. On boot something called GNU GRUB gave me 4 options – Ubuntu (Default), Windows XP, Windows XP recovery and a 4th option I don’t recall.
I had a lot of junk on XP so thought the best way to get rid of it all would be to do a system restore. This completed successfully (did it from within XP), but on reboot, all I get is a black screen and a little cursor in the top left corner. I get the Samsung boot screen and can F2 into the Bios, but F4 also just has a black screen.
I suspect it messed up the MBR or some such thing. I could just reinstall XBMCBuntu which should work from a bootable USB like I did the first time, but actually would prefer just to run Plex on XP, so ideally would like to get the Netbook back to its original state, but in order to do that I need to be able to boot into XP.
I’ve search for the SRS admin tool, but only links I can find are Megaupload dead links.
Any help or suggestions greatly appreciated.
I could just go and buy Win7 – would that be easier?
ThanksNovember 18, 2013 at 8:47 am #221885sammyoneMember
Absolutely correct… Restoring Windows overwrites the MBR and the computer can only see the latest OS (Win XP)
download and install EasyBCD to allow you to re-write the boot loader to ‘see’ Linux
Running EasyBCD will allow you to use NeoGrub to write a line in the Boot loader pointing to your alternate OS
Here is my link to SRS 5…
Hope this was helpful.November 18, 2013 at 9:35 am #221887hilanderMember
Thanks, I’m trying this now and will update once I’ve got some news
Success…. for those that are interested, I created a bootable USB using easyBCD – took me a couple of minutes to figure it out. Then I extracted the ISO using WinRAR to the USB.
Set the netbook to boot from USB and hey presto – loaded SRS5. Clicked FIX MBR and that was that…. all back to normal.
Now just need to get rid of Ubuntu 🙂
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