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#1 2013-01-26 20:35:29

cenzo188
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Registered: 2013-01-26
Posts: 40

Greetings from a complete Linux newbie.

Hello people. Well, a day ago I got it into my head that I wanted to start learning about linux. So, after much deliberation, I burned myself a live CD of Crunchbang, and ended up liking it. So I went ahead and installed it on a partition of my hard drive with the intention of dual-booting it with Windows.
Somewhere along the line I messed something up and I can't boot windows anymore (That's a can of worms for another thread...) and at the moment, #! is my primary and only operating system. Not that I'm particularly upset about this: So far I think it's really a great OS. Problem is, having never even touched any linux distro before, I have no idea how to use it. I've been a windows user ever since I first pressed the power button on my first windows 95 machine, and now I've been thrown headfirst into a completely new operating system. Simple things like installing programs evade me, and the bash shell is certainly no windows command prompt. So, that's why I've registered here.
I hope to learn a lot here (and eventually, contribute).

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#2 2013-01-26 20:42:55

el_koraco
#!/loony/bun
From: inside Ed
Registered: 2011-07-25
Posts: 4,749

Re: Greetings from a complete Linux newbie.

Open a terminal window (you can find it in the menu when you right click on the desktop), and type in s

sudo update-grub

It will then tell you to input your password. You won't be able to see asterisks when you're typing, or any other kind of feedback. Don't worry, just type in the password and press enter. You'll get some text. When it's done, you should be able to get Windows among the options in your boot menu.

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#3 2013-01-26 20:50:09

schwim
#! Die Hard
From: Interweb's #1 Devotee
Registered: 2012-10-11
Posts: 1,031
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Re: Greetings from a complete Linux newbie.

sudo update-grub

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#4 2013-01-26 20:54:28

cenzo188
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Registered: 2013-01-26
Posts: 40

Re: Greetings from a complete Linux newbie.

sudo update-grub

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#5 2013-01-26 22:30:28

VDP76
#! Bean Roaster
Registered: 2012-04-12
Posts: 840

Re: Greetings from a complete Linux newbie.

I think once it happened that to convince grub to recognize Win I had to fire up thunar and mount windowz partition (being prompted for root psw) before issuing

sudo update-grub

it might be worth to give it a try...

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#6 2013-01-26 22:50:19

intoCB
Scatweasel
Registered: 2012-10-25
Posts: 2,412

Re: Greetings from a complete Linux newbie.

sudo update-grub

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#7 2013-01-26 23:05:28

cenzo188
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Registered: 2013-01-26
Posts: 40

Re: Greetings from a complete Linux newbie.

I've done the update-grub, and to make sure, I tried it again just now. And yes, that windows partition was indeed mounted. But I'm convinced it's not a problem with Grub-- see, windows starts to boot. It informs me that it didn't boot correctly, and offers me the option to boot in safe mode. No matter which option I pick, it gets as far as the "starting windows" screen, and then bluescreens and crashes.

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#8 2013-01-26 23:20:01

VDP76
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Registered: 2012-04-12
Posts: 840

Re: Greetings from a complete Linux newbie.

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#9 2013-01-26 23:41:56

schwim
#! Die Hard
From: Interweb's #1 Devotee
Registered: 2012-10-11
Posts: 1,031
Website

Re: Greetings from a complete Linux newbie.

Depending on your version of Windows, there are built-in repair features that might get you back into your Win install.

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#10 2013-01-28 16:35:57

VastOne
#! Ranger
From: V-Ger
Registered: 2011-04-26
Posts: 10,165
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Re: Greetings from a complete Linux newbie.

Welcome to CrunchBang and the Community cenzo188, we are glad to have you!

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#11 2013-01-28 17:36:50

douglas
#! CrunchBanger
From: Dallas, Texas
Registered: 2011-01-09
Posts: 230

Re: Greetings from a complete Linux newbie.

Welcome. to #!

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#12 2013-01-28 18:25:20

fatmac
#! Die Hard
Registered: 2012-11-14
Posts: 1,948

Re: Greetings from a complete Linux newbie.

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