Last year when I installed an SSD in my laptop, I partitioned off a few GB to try dual booting to Linux. At the time, I was able to set up Ubuntu on that partition and used EasyBCD to manage the boot process. I haven't really played with it since, until last night when I decided to switch from Ubuntu to Lubuntu.
I used PenDriveLinux to make a bootable USB drive of the latest Lubuntu (v12.10, 32-bit). The install went pretty much normally, but I found that it had preempted my EasyBCD bootloader with GRUB. Because of that and some other weirdness I discovered when using Lubuntu, I did the install process again. I honestly don't know what all I selected, but when I attempted to get back to Windows (still through GRUB) it won't proceed beyond a black screen with a blinking cursor.
While looking for options to fix this, I found this site which suggested the following to restore the Windows MBR:
sudo apt-get install syslinux sudo dd if=/usr/lib/syslinux/mbr.bin of=/dev/sda
This did manage to remove GRUB and put the Windows bootloader back in charge, but it's still stuck on the black screen and cursor. I have run the Windows install program twice and had it do a repair but no luck (first time it just automatically went to repair, the next time I told it to repair the boot process).
I know that my data is still intact and that all the Windows and programs folders are still there because I can see them from Linux, but I can't seem to get the Windows boot process to function. Is there any way I can salvage this short of completely reinstalling Windows again?
Addendum: Since I'm a complete noob to Linux, I'll just throw some stuff out here in case it helps.
My laptop has 2 hard drives, one SSD (120GB with Windows and Linux partitions) and one 320GB spinning disc (one partition of just data). Could it be possible that my attempts to reload the Windows bootloader that it applied it to the wrong drive? Here is a link for the output of
sudo fdisk -l. Not sure if I need to rerun the 2nd command above something more like
Addendum 2: I went through all of NeoSoft's BCD Recovering the Windows Bootloader process. Every step completed successfully (it was all done on the 100MB system partition, not the C: drive) but there were no changes. After each step when they said to try rebooting, it still just got stuck on the blinking cursor. Went through all steps, including the "Nuclear Holocaust" of manually recreating all the BCD records. Makes me think that there are file(s) missing on that system partition that are vital to booting Windows.