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http://www.ubuntux.org – Hi I recently scapped XP Pro on an old laptop as it was so slow and I installed Ubuntu 9.10 - All installed ok and it worked for fine about a month. Last week I switched on, got the Ubuntu splash screen and thats where it stayed. I gave lappy to a friend of mine that knows about Pc's (hahaha). When I got it back he said he'd wiped the HDD and partially installed xp. The install apparantly hung after the reformat and copying files onto it. My problem now is I can't boot from HDD, Ubuntu Live CD or Windows CD - Laptop is set to boot from cd t (Distributions)