Ran into a serious problem trying to restore an Ubuntu installation using PING and wanted to pass along my experiences in case others have the same ...
Despite repeated attempts, was not able to restore from a PING backup. Symptom was that I would start the restore, get a brief blue screen (all blue, no lettering), and then the scrolling text telling me it would reboot in 10 seconds.
Examining the x.log file showed superblock errors on my Linux partition. I removed and reformatted it several times without improvement.
Then ... I removed it and the subsequent swap partition, added back the Linux partition -- and the restore worked!! Or so I thought. When I rebootet, I got the "no operating system" message. Booted using a system rescue CD, was able to determine that the partition HAD got restored. Then remembered that there are problems using GRUB with Vista.
Dug out my SuperGrub Disk, and the "Windows Erases Grub" post from the Super Grub Wiki, went through the process of reinstalling GRUB (actually, stage 1_5) and voila -- it worked!!
Link to wiki page:http://www.supergrubdisk.org/wiki/WindowsErasesGrub
I then went in, again using the system rescue CD, resizes the Linux partition, added a swap partion, and now am OK.
So, for anyone not being able to boot using GRUB in a multi-OS machine with Vista present, check out this wiki and grab yourself a SuperGrub disk. It's not a PING problem; it's a Vista problem (so, what else is new?).