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#1 Sterling14


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Posted 01 September 2007 - 01:16 PM

I had a separate 5gb partition on my hard drive so I could boot into Freespire linux. A few weeks later I found out I was running low on hard drive space and decided to reformat that partition so I could combine it with my xp partition. After reformating the linux partition I restarted my computer and got grub 1.5 error message 17 (grub is the boot loader for using linux). After finding out I needed to use windows recovery from the windows xp disc, I found one from another computer lying around. So after I typed fixmbr in the recovery console, it said new boot loader created. I restarted my computer and now the grub message is gone, but instead I get a message saying something like, error hit f1 to retry boot or f2 to enter set up.

After this I went back into recovery and tried fixboot. It didn't help at all. So now I have no idea except maybe reformat my computer, which I really don't want to do. Any suggestions of what to do? Thank you so much, this problem is really frustrating :thumbsup: .
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#2 mommabear


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Posted 02 September 2007 - 07:16 AM

Try fixing the MBR with a 98 boot disk in DOS. At the prompt type "fdisk /MBR" (no quotes and there's a space between fdisk and /)

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