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Old 06-08-2011, 01:51 PM   #1
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I have an old computer currently running ubuntu (emachines W3503) and i'm trying to get windows on it. I do not have the system restore disc. Whenever I try to boot something from a USB (ubuntu 11.04 or windows XP) it doesn't work and gives me a blank black screen with a blinking underscore. I need to get windows running on it. What can I do, why is Windows not booting?
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Could be a corrupt installation on the USB drive. Is this a USB Harddrive or small thumbdrive?
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it is a small thumbdrive, sandisk 8gb. I had a 4gb drive that worked to install ubuntu before, but unfortunately I don't have that anymore, or another thumbdrive.
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Sigh...sandisk...

While I don't believe it's completely impossible to do, I've never had any luck installing anything from a Sandisk drive... from what I can tell, they have some sort of boot sector protection on their drives... Let me look around the interwebz and I'll try to find an old guide that I used when making my USB Harddrive bootable, may work for your Sandisk drive.

Edit: Found it, try this guide:
http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-in...working-guide/

Also... if you don't have the recovery disc, where are you getting the Windows installation files from?
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Sigh...sandisk...

While I don't believe it's completely impossible to do, I've never had any luck installing anything from a Sandisk drive... from what I can tell, they have some sort of boot sector protection on their drives... Let me look around the interwebz and I'll try to find an old guide that I used when making my USB Harddrive bootable, may work for your Sandisk drive.
I have a 4 GB SanDisk drive that I've used to install Ubuntu and other distros without a problem.

Have you tried reinstalling the OS to your drive? It may have hiccuped at the time.
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booting from a usb is a pain. took me ages to get the xp setup on one to stick on a netbook.
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I have a 4 GB SanDisk drive that I've used to install Ubuntu and other distros without a problem.
Apparently everyone has a Sandisk drive, and when I couldn't install with mine to my netbook, I had to borrow my mother in laws... turned out to be Sandisk. That didn't work so I asked a friend and it turned out to be Sandisk with the same trouble. How old is yours?
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Apparently everyone has a Sandisk drive, and when I couldn't install with mine to my netbook, I had to borrow my mother in laws... turned out to be Sandisk. That didn't work so I asked a friend and it turned out to be Sandisk with the same trouble. How old is yours?
I got it last year. It's a SanDisk Cruzer, with U3 support, though I took U3 off. Maybe that's the problem here.
I think the model number is SDCZ6-4096RB.
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Maybe that's the issue, explain how you took off U3 and that may help eryic.
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Maybe that's the issue, explain how you took off U3 and that may help eryic.
I uninstalled it using the option in U3's preferences, though deleting all the partitions using the appropriate utility will work as well.
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I uninstalled it using the option in U3's preferences


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Okay, so I managed to find another thumb, this one an iLogic 1gb. Now it just won't boot, and goes to ubuntu. All I wanna do is be able to work my iPhone on my own computer
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Okay, so I managed to find another thumb, this one an iLogic 1gb. Now it just won't boot, and goes to ubuntu. All I wanna do is be able to work my iPhone on my own computer
There should be a boot menu with options a few seconds after you hit the power button, choose Windows if you want to boot into that.

And @iPwn, lol. Did it work for you?
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now if I were to buy a USB hard drive adapter to run my hard drive from my broken laptop to this desktop, could I run Windows and have everything essentially the same as before, just on a desktop and not my laptop? Like would all my stuff and Windows run and boot fine? Sorry, I'm not super computer savvy.
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your desktop compter should run fine if youre using a usb harddrive adapter from you laptop harddrive, its like a portable harddrive.
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now if I were to buy a USB hard drive adapter to run my hard drive from my broken laptop to this desktop, could I run Windows and have everything essentially the same as before, just on a desktop and not my laptop? Like would all my stuff and Windows run and boot fine? Sorry, I'm not super computer savvy.
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your desktop compter should run fine if youre using a usb harddrive adapter from you laptop harddrive, its like a portable harddrive.
Don't give up just yet. Have you tried the site I linked to get the USB to become bootable? If so, did that fail? Did you try what The_Lucas suggested in removing U3 from the SanDisk drive? I would remove the U3 component from the SanDisk drive and the follow the steps on the site I linked. See if that works.

@The_Lucas, I'll pm you as we've taken this thread off topic enough
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Problem solved! I went a completely different direction and found a Dell system restore disc, ran it in WINE, and booted and installed XP. I think my eMachines thinks it's a Dell.... Anyways, I have no audio :/ The internal speaker works and after about an hour of googling and frustration I can't really figure out what to do. I can't even open volume control because it says there are no audio devices connected. iTunes detected that I have no audio either. What can I do?
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Downloads & Support Documents - Desktop / W Series / W3503

Click on the above link, then click on the drivers tab (on the left) and install the appropriate sound driver. Note: there is a hardware vendor detection utility you can download to help you choose the correct driver.

Let us know how it goes...
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it worked! audio <3

thanks for everyone's help on here! you guys have all helped a lot over the last couple days, it's been great.
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