“A Disk Read Error Occured. Press CTRL+ALT+DEL to restart. ” error on dual boot with Windows [solved]


I had the same problem after finishing the installation of Ubuntu on my friend’s laptop where Windows 7 was previously installed. It appears that either grub2, or the way Ubuntu implemented grub2, does not detect Windows partitions properly. Both the startup-repair from Windows disc and Boot-repair disc from Ubuntu failed to correct the error. So I decided to have a look at the grub entries.Read More »

Sharing files between GNU/Linux and Windows


This is a short tutorial showing how to enable file sharing between GNU/Linux and Windows. With due respect to both I explain the topic with ease at the maximum. For sharing files both the machines must be in the same network. This can be achieved through several ways. You can use any of the following methods to establish the network or some other means.

1.Creating an ad-hoc network in GNU/Linux system and connecting to it through Windows(explained earlier in a post).
2.Or try the same idea from Windows via built-in adhoc facility or installing a software(Ex:- Connectify Me). I prefer the software for doing the same in Windows.
3.Or connect the both machines through LAN cable.

Step-1,Configuring the sharing settings in Windows
The first thing you need to do is open the Windows machine and look for ‘Manage Advanced Sharing Settings’. Next, click the option to enable Read More »

Recover hidden GNU/Linux after installing Windows with live ISO


Most often GNU/Linux becomes hidden after installing/re-installing windows. It is because windows overrides the traditional GRUB from GNU/Linux with
its own boot loader which cannot detect other operating systems. Whereas GRUB is capable of recognizing other operating systems(including Macintosh,
windows etc). So the solution is cut and clear, just re-install the GRUB. But it requires a live GNU/Linux distro. Since I use Ubuntu here a provide a link to download the ISO for Ubuntu because it contains GRUB(don’t think that Ubuntu is the only one with GRUB). If you choose another distro, make
sure that it includes GRUB.

1. Download the live ISO.
2. Use the ISO to make a bootable USB or CD/DVD(better to use unetbootin to make a bootable flash drive).
3. Boot the same before getting into windows by making the first boot device to CD/DVD or any external device in BIOS.
4. Choose the option Try Ubuntu Without Installing.
5. Access the terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T.
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