Boot problem command line ?

  geoff47 23 Jun 11
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I have a very old PC that I am playing about with, it had XP Professional on it, long story, but I had put Linux Unity (I think) on it, and was testing it to destruction, and it has destructed.

Now I have tried to load the OS again to sort things out, but when I put the CD in to re load the OS, I have to login and end up with a command line window. The only command that works for me is 'halt' to shutdown. I think I have deleted whatever opens the OS. I know that the PC is on its last legs, but I don't believe it's a mechanical problem, just my lack of knowledge. I understand from this point I could download the bits I am missing........not the correct terms I know, but can anyone help me out here ?

  Strawballs 23 Jun 11

What OS are you trying to install? Have you set boot order to CD first in bios?

  Devil Fish 23 Jun 11

sound like you may have remennants of the old o/s

try kill disk will totally wipe the drive and give you a clean install platform

kill disk http://www.killdisk.com/downloadfree.htm

  geoff47 23 Jun 11

The problem is I cannot boot from a CD, what seems to happen is the cd starts up, whatever I load and then just hangs. I have tried the original CD and it gets so far then stalls, for instance it asks do you want to preview etc. etc. or install, whatever I choose, it kicks into action, I see the first images then everything stops. If no CD in the drive it boots into a DOS screen wanting command prompts, I have loaded things with random commands such sudo apt-get install etc.etc. but I dont know what I am doing.

I shall try again tomorrow with Nukem, think thats what its called, and get back to you all.

Many thanks so far.

  geoff47 24 Jun 11

I have decided the HD is knackered. It only manages to boot to a boot CD randomly, and fails to boot to any Live CD what ever I do.

So I think I shall call it a day with this PC......unless somebody knows a miracle cure.

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