Help please...I'm an idiot.

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Help please...I'm an idiot.

First off, hello and thank you for any helpful respounces.

I have a factory built pc with windows xp media center preinstalled. I had the bright idea of installing ubuntu 8.04 on it. I hate it and now I want windows back. Trouble is now whenever I try loading xp back on to my computer from my restore disk that came from the factory only part of it does so. I guess the windows partitions or whatever the hell it is that allows connection to the internet were lost when I installed ubuntu. I can connect running ubuntu but I can't when I reinstall windows. Is there anything I can do to other than buying a new windows xp os? If you haven't figured it out by now, I know very little about computers and had no business what so ever in attempting any os other than windows but hindsight is 2020. Har har.

   

   

juliek
Re: Help please...I'm an idiot.

 BTW sonofa, Welcome to Gug. Don't worry, we'll get your problem straightened out. You'll find that you are going to love it here. You won't be able to leave!

Another thing that I found out when looking at info about xps, is that many times you'll lose info when trying to reinstall and it's pretty important to back up any info that you do have before you try to reinstall...juliek

p to the izzle
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From what I've read you can just do a full system restore and Linux will be gone. So at this point are you saying that you did a restore and Ubuntu is still on there? 

This is a fairly recent article that says it was a fairly easy process.

http://bobmorris.wordpress.com

If that doesn't work report back maybe one of the more savvy folks can help.

 

I don't want to die without any scars. 

sonofa
Re: Help please...I'm an idiot.

Thanks for your respounces. And I'll add "backing up data" to the list of hindsights jul.

No, I have no problem ridding my computer of unbuntu. The problem is when I reinstall windows with my restore disk it doesn't connect to the internet. This is a Emachines desktop and it had Windows XP, McPhee, and AOL factory installed. None of these programs show up after reinstallation from my restore disk. That leads me to believe that those programs and drivers where loaded on the hard drive. Since I only have a restore disk does this mean that those are not retrievable if ubuntu reformatted everything, including a network driver, on the hard drive? If so, where can I find another one?

p to the izzle
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How do you connect to the internet? 

Dial up? 

DSL, cable or satellite? 

I don't want to die without any scars. 

sonofa
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I have DSL and I connect via external modem.

p to the izzle
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Have you tried restarting your modem? Unplug it for about a minute and then replug it in and try to get on. When you plug the modem in you'll see a little icon in your system try. It'll be two computers. Double click it and you can see the progress of renewing your ip.

I don't want to die without any scars. 

Reaper
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From what I can gather, bought a computer, found out about Linux, got curious, decided to try out Ubuntu, realized that it wasn't for you and now you want to go back to Windows.
Now then, I'm reasonably sure what your referring to as your restore disk, is the version of your operating system that would be given to you with your system. This would allow you to reinstall Windows on your computer, but not the software. Did you receive any other disks from the supplier? if you did, (and you should have) then one of those would have the software and drivers on it. If not check the manufacturer's website, they should be able to give you drivers for the hardware that they use. Hope this helped

Stevie
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Your system restore disk should have formatted your hdd (hard drive) and removed everything Umbuntu.  A new install of XP should contain your NIC's drivers.

Make sure your PC sees a networking card (NIC).  Right-click My Computer>Properties>Hardware tab>Device Manager and click the plus sign in front of Network Adapters.  You should see a brand name and model there if your system is seeing your card.  So next... 

Make sure everything is plugged in correctly (DSL, phone line), then power down your DSL modem.  Then reboot your computer but don't try to open your browser or email application .  After everything loads on your PC, turn your DSL modem on.  After it boots fully, try your browser.

No?  Then lets release and renew your IP address.  I'm lazy - go here and this guy will tell you how.  After you renew your IP address, try it.

Still no?  Then next, I would call your ISP and they may have to talk you through some DSL or IP address settings.

Ashton
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Steve has the right idea and his post should be followed carefully. It sounds like the system restore disk "forgot" to load the right network card driver.

Could you post your make and model of your computer?

 

sonofa
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Thanks to all who have tried to help me with this problem. I think my troubles are more than I had thought. I think when I installed Ubuntu on my pc it wiped out my recovery partition for Windows XP containing the vital network drivers that were installed from the factory. I think this is why my recovery cd for Windows is not working. I can reinstall ubuntu and connect to the net but not with Windows. As has been pointed out I should have backed up my data. But I didn't so now what?? I am afraid I can answer my own question. But just like the title says I am an idiot so may be there are some of you that may have an idea that I may try before I break down and buy another pc.

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