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installing XP in Acer Aspire one

by nichosi / October 2, 2011 7:30 PM PDT

Made a mess editing boot.ini of my dual-boot Acer Aspire One netbook so that XP boots first & now will not boot in XP, giving error:-

"Windows root>\system32\hal.dll is missing please re-install a copy".

I cannot install "hall.dll" but, I have XP home on a stick.

1. Can I reinstate the ACER now to manufacturer's condition? or

2. How do I go about reinstalling XP?

Note that it boots in Ubuntu 11.04 OK, but not in XP.

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I own an Aspire One.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 3, 2011 2:50 AM PDT

To reinstall the OS is done with the external CD and the restore media I made a few years ago. Any other method appears to create issues. My advice is to use the supported reinstall methods.

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installing XP in Acer Aspire one
by nichosi / October 3, 2011 6:50 AM PDT
In reply to: I own an Aspire One.


luckily on the last reboot I noticed a linux menu with 4-5 option, & one was "Acer eRecovery Management" which did the XP installation all on its own giving the option to save & install all files & programs.

Then, I went & installed Ubuntu 11.04 from my USB stick but, & now on boot-up it does not give the XP boot.ini Menu but, the "GNU GRUB" menu with 11 choices for Ubuntu (default) or XP, which is very complicated.

The rub now is how do I change the default to XP?

Any easy way?

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How odd.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 3, 2011 9:22 AM PDT

You fixed it then opted to break it. I'm unsure if you can be helped if you refuse to back your system, make the restore media and then turn around and break the system again.

I see a service counter visit in your future.

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installing XP in Acer Aspire one
by klein5366 / October 3, 2011 9:31 AM PDT
In reply to: How odd.

if you search ubuntu grub2 there is a way to set witch os is booted first. if your the only user it is ok to leave the reinstall entry in grub but if i'm setting it up for some one else i hide recovery so it doesn't get selected by mistake

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What I did to avoid all this was
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 3, 2011 9:49 AM PDT

I put Ubuntu on a 4GB USB stick. This way I don't corrupt the installed OS or recovery systems.

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What I did to avoid all this was
by klein5366 / October 3, 2011 11:23 AM PDT

that is one way to do it, to get rid of grub or grub2 all you have to do is boot windows install cd get to the command prompt and tell it to fix mbr in xp, vista it checks all the boot files and fixes it automatically from the vista cd , all grub does is replace the mbr you can back up xp, vista, and win7 mbr before you install grub or grub2 , i like the fact that grub2 picks up the recovery partition on older systems before grub2 you lost the option to reinstall original software, in less you had ghost to reinstall it

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Haven't used Ghost in years.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 4, 2011 1:18 AM PDT

Even since CLONEZILLA arrived, never looked back.

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yes i use clonezilla my self
by klein5366 / October 4, 2011 4:06 AM PDT

i only use ghost when dealing with old dells 3000, 4700's to restore the original software that came installed on the machine, i love clonezilla i have one computer that just stores images i do a lot of testing and am always restoring a system if things go side ways. there is only one bad side to clonezilla and that is reinstalling to a different partition or on another hard drive to me it is tricky and long procedure,

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SOLVED change Grub boot order
by nichosi / October 4, 2011 5:52 AM PDT

SOLVED by These:-

You can change the default menu entry to boot by either going to the /boot/grub/grub.cfg file and near the top of the file changing the entry: set default="0" to another number. Count the menuentry lines until you get to xp. Put that number in the set default. Grub counts in this case from zero, so if your xp is the 5tn entry, put a 4 there.

To keep grub with default boot set to XP, you may use the GRUB_DEFAULT option on /etc/default/grub (as already said by yancek) or change the /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober file order.

Then :-
sudo gedit /etc/default/grub ...This brings up grub in editor & change to what ever No. you require. sudo update-grub ..........this in a new terminal updates Grub.

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