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#1 Sterling14

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Posted 31 August 2007 - 06:16 PM

Well I made a 5gb partition on my hard drive for linux recently. Today I realized it was useless, and I wanted to delete it. So being new to this stuff I thought it would be alright to just delete the partition and reformat it. I restart my computer and the grub loading message still comes up but gives me an error. This is what it says:

GRUB Loading stage1.5.

GRUB loading, please wait...
Error 17

Any way to fix this? I think I can still boot into some live cd's for linux if necessary. Also, I am running windows xp with SP2 and had Freespire Linux.

It won't let me boot into windows or linux and all I can do is get into my bios or boot off a live cd.

Thanks for reading this!

EDIT: I think I should add I don't have a windows disc. Dell never sent one with my computer...

Edited by Sterling14, 31 August 2007 - 06:25 PM.

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Posted 31 August 2007 - 06:27 PM

You need your XP disk and boot to the recovery console and run fixmbr
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#3 Sterling14

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Posted 31 August 2007 - 08:10 PM

EDIT: My friend says he has a windows xp disc. I was wondering if it's ok to not use the one made for my computer? His computer is using windows from that disc though. I wish Dell would of just sent the disc with my computer... Definetly building my next...

Edited by Sterling14, 31 August 2007 - 08:31 PM.

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Posted 01 September 2007 - 07:11 AM

Ok, Well i found a windows xp disc from my other computer. I'm having troubles now, and was wondering it might be because I have xp SP2 and this disc only has SP1a?

After I get into the recovery console, I type the number (1) and hit enter for admin password because my system doesn't have a password (or does it?). I tried just typing fixmbr and typed y for yes. It said it installed a new mbr. I restart my computer and the boot scren comes up saying boot failed hit f1 to retry or f2 for setup. Now I went back to the recovery console and found my windows partition is on disk 0 partition 2. I've tried fixmbr\device\harddisk0\partition2 (tried with spaces and caps) and it either does nothing or tells me its an invalid command. This is really frustrating me now, I gotta start being more careful
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