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Hello, I hope I can find the help here that I need with this issue -

For a week I had been booting into Linux (Lubuntu 18.04 permanent install on a super fast usb drive, on a 2011 Windows 7 host machine. (MBR, bios).

I had experienced a few times since I began dual booting in this way, that the machine failed to boot, regardless of what system I was trying to boot into. No logo flashed up, just a black screen. I tried waiting for 15 minutes once, but the machine didn't manage to sort itself out.

When this happens power light shows power is on. I can hear sounds of the system working. Then silence.


Each time it happened I had to power off using the power button. I tried removing the USB to see if this would at least help me to boot into Win 7,but it didn't. When powered up again still just a black screen.


I found a temporary fix (after shutting down, remove power cord and peripherals, remove battery, hold power button down 15 secs). I am not happy with the idea of continuing with this a temporary fix on a daily basis.

I tried a fresh brand new USB with a different OS on it (Zorin) but that wouldn't boot either.

My first question is whether continuing like this could eventually permanently destroy the ability of my laptop to boot again?

Secondly, is there a way to fix the issue so the laptop always boots when I boot into the other OS?

Have stopped booting into Lubuntu for now, and Win 7 has been booting up easily.

Sorry, no screenshots of partitioning. Have screenshot on hard drive, but forum asks for URL. I tried drag and drop, but when I sent message, it failed security check.


Although I have had some previous experience of dual-booting, best to treat me as a beginner, as I am a self taught home user regarding anything computer related.

Thank You
12-15-2019, 03:01 AM
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