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About a month ago, I had begun to investigate Linux operating systems. I was anxious enough to enter into this wonderful sub-culture that I installed it on my girlfriend's laptop (with her permission, of course).
This was my first mistake.
The laptop, a Compaq Presario C700, was obviously budget level and nothing special. Of course, it was all Audrey, my girlfriend, had, but she despised Vista just as much as I, so she was willing to experiment. Of course, I assumed everything would work out nicely. The only foreseeable problem was the incompatibility with the Atheros wireless card... It couldn't possibly be that hard to work around, could it?
Well, it could, and was. This caused her computer to be repeatedly rendered useless in all wireless and some wired situations. To make things worse, the notebook wasn't ready for her when she went off to college, which put a lot of unnecessary strain on her. I persisted with every form of Madwifi and ndiswrapper and anything else I could come by... Hours and hours and hours of sleepless nights were dedicated to fixing the internet connectivity, but all to no avail.
There was one option left, however: to reinstall Vista.
Now, being a poor 20 year old, I've only ever purchased one PC up to this point. It was a Dell, which came with all of the discs needed for a full XP reinstallation. Naturally, I assumed similar discs were provided for HP products, which sort of emboldened my boldness in the first place.
This, my dear friends, was my last and most fateful error.
Proving my complete ignorance, I discovered that the only method of Windows reinstallation was through a system recovery partition that is installed on the system a la factory. Even after purchasing a $20 system recovery disc, the damage was done; there was nothing left to recover. Vista had been completely erradicated from my computer. The only thing to boot to left on the laptop is the Hitachi HTS542580K9SA00, which possesses all 80 GB's of the system and which is completely data-less.
So, what is there left to do? Well, I could send the laptop in to have it repaired (have another version of Windows Vista completely installed) for the small fee of $300. Or, I could buy Windows Vista Home Basic for $200. Or... I could reinstall Linux and keep up the good fight.
But for now, brothers... I rest. Weary from the timeless struggle, I can find a calm sort of peace in this message:
"BOOTMGR is missing
Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart"
If I'm wrong anywhere here or you think you can suggest a solution to my problem... Please, feel free. Here were my outputs when Ubuntu was functional...
00:00.0 Host bridge : Intel Corporation Mobile PM965/GM965/GL960 Memory Controller Hub [8086:2a00] (rev 03) 00:02.0 VGA compatible controller : Intel Corporation Mobile GM965/GL960 Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:2a02] (rev 03) 00:02.1 Display controller : Intel Corporation Mobile GM965/GL960 Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:2a03] (rev 03) 00:1b.0 Audio device : Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller [8086:284b] (rev 03) 00:1c.0 PCI bridge : Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 1 [8086:283f] (rev 03) 00:1d.0 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 [8086:2830] (rev 03) 00:1d.1 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 [8086:2831] (rev 03) 00:1d.2 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 [8086:2832] (rev 03) 00:1d.7 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 [8086:2836] (rev 03) 00:1e.0 PCI bridge : Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge [8086:2448] (rev f3) 00:1f.0 ISA bridge : Intel Corporation 82801HEM (ICH8M) LPC Interface Controller [8086:2815] (rev 03) 00:1f.1 IDE interface : Intel Corporation 82801HBM/HEM (ICH8M/ICH8M-E) IDE Controller [8086:2850] (rev 03) 00:1f.2 SATA controller : Intel Corporation 82801HBM/HEM (ICH8M/ICH8M-E) SATA AHCI Controller [8086:2829] (rev 03) 00:1f.3 SMBus [0c05]: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) SMBus Controller [8086:283e] (rev 03) 01:00.0 Ethernet controller : Atheros Communications Inc. AR242x 802.11abg Wireless PCI Express Adapter [168c:001c] (rev 01) 02:01.0 Ethernet controller : Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ [10ec:8139] (rev 10)
Module Size Used by ipv6 267780 10 af_packet 23812 2 i915 32512 2 drm 82452 3 i915 rfcomm 41744 2 l2cap 25728 13 rfcomm bluetooth 61156 4 rfcomm,l2cap ppdev 10372 0 acpi_cpufreq 10796 1 cpufreq_stats 7104 0 cpufreq_powersave 2688 0 cpufreq_ondemand 9740 1 cpufreq_userspace 5284 0 cpufreq_conservative 8712 0 freq_table 5536 3 acpi_cpufreq,cpufreq_stats,cpufreq_ondemand container 5632 0 sbs 15112 0 sbshc 7680 1 sbs dock 11280 0 iptable_filter 3840 0 ip_tables 14820 1 iptable_filter x_tables 16132 1 ip_tables parport_pc 36260 0 lp 12324 0 parport 37832 3 ppdev,parport_pc,lp joydev 13120 0 snd_hda_intel 344728 2 snd_pcm_oss 42144 0 snd_mixer_oss 17920 1 snd_pcm_oss snd_pcm 78596 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm_oss snd_page_alloc 11400 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm snd_hwdep 10500 1 snd_hda_intel snd_seq_dummy 4868 0 snd_seq_oss 35584 0 snd_seq_midi 9376 0 snd_rawmidi 25760 1 snd_seq_midi snd_seq_midi_event 8320 2 snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi video 19856 0 output 4736 1 video snd_seq 54224 6 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event snd_timer 24836 2 snd_pcm,snd_seq psmouse 40336 0 snd_seq_device 9612 5 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq ac 6916 0 wmi_acer 9644 0 serio_raw 7940 0 iTCO_wdt 13092 0 button 9232 0 battery 14212 0 snd 56996 15 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_pcm,snd_hwdep,snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device intel_agp 25492 1 iTCO_vendor_support 4868 1 iTCO_wdt shpchp 34452 0 pci_hotplug 30880 1 shpchp evdev 13056 7 pcspkr 4224 0 agpgart 34760 3 drm,intel_agp soundcore 8800 1 snd ext3 136712 1 jbd 48404 1 ext3 mbcache 9600 1 ext3 sr_mod 17956 0 cdrom 37408 1 sr_mod ata_generic 8324 0 sg 36880 0 8139too 27520 0 sd_mod 30720 3 ata_piix 19588 0 ahci 28420 2 pata_acpi 8320 0 libata 159344 4 ata_generic,ata_piix,ahci,pata_acpi scsi_mod 151436 4 sr_mod,sg,sd_mod,libata 8139cp 24704 0 mii 6400 2 8139too,8139cp ehci_hcd 37900 0 uhci_hcd 27024 0 usbcore 146028 3 ehci_hcd,uhci_hcd thermal 16796 0 processor 36872 4 acpi_cpufreq,thermal fan 5636 0 fbcon 42912 0 tileblit 3456 1 fbcon font 9472 1 fbcon bitblit 6784 1 fbcon softcursor 3072 1 bitblit fuse 50708 3
lo no wireless extensions. eth0 no wireless extensions.
The version is Ubuntu Hardy 2.6.24-19-generic on a 32-bit laptop. Thanks in advance!
This post was edited by Jimi on Aug 28, 2008.
Aug 28, 2008 12:19 # 45983
I'm afraid I have no idea how to get the Linux thing running... basically everything I'd have suggested, you've already tried.
A friend of mine solved a similar problem by installing a PCMCIA WLAN card with a well-supported chipset... while not the best or most satisfying solution, it works.
If you think it's worth a try I could send you an HP/Compaq recovery DVD for Windows Vista and XP Professional (if your computer comes with Vista Business or 'better', I think you're eligible for a free
updowngrade to XP Pro). The DVD doesn't require a recovery partition. Of course I can't promise that it will work on your laptop.
When life hands you a lemon, that's 40% of your RDA of vitamin C taken care of.
That's a shame, man. Have you considered just getting a network adapter that has drivers already designed and well reviewed for Ubuntu? They can't be that expensive, I have an old one in my laptop I can give you, though I'm not sure if it's drivers are supported.
I'd hate to see you spend $200-300 for an OS.