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#1 Aby21

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Posted 16 April 2011 - 04:30 AM

Hello friends,

I have a DELL Inspiron 1545 laptop. Currently at start up, the computer shows the DELL page with the option to choose F2 set up or F12 Boot Options. Then it goes to a black screen with a blinking cursor found on the top left corner. Then i got message:
"GRUB$DOS 0.4.4 2009-09-03, Memory: 636k/2009M, MenuEnd: 0x46BF5 [Minimal BASH-like line editing is supported. For the first word, TAB lists possible command completions. Anywhere else TAB lists the possible completions of a device/filename.]


Press ESC for recovery menu.
grub>"

Nothing happened when i pressed ESC. :(
When i pressed Tab, got the following message:
Possible commands are: background blocklist boot cat cdrom chainloader checkrange checktime clear cmp color commandlineconfigfile dd debug default displayme embef errnum errorcheck fallback find foreground fstest geometry halt help hiddenflag hide initrd install is64bit kernel lock is makeactive map module modulezip outline pager partnew parttype password pause pxe quit read root rootnoverify savedefault setkey setup setvbe splashimage terminal testvbe tpm unhide uuid vbeprobe write.

Please help me as soon as possible.
Thanks in advance.

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Posted 16 April 2011 - 04:34 AM

Sorry, GRUB4DOS 0.4.4 is mis-typed as GRUB$DOS 0.4.4

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Posted 16 April 2011 - 04:46 AM

The computer is not allowing the F8 option.

When I go into F2 - under drives:

BIOS Version = A05
Memory Installed = 2048 MB
Memory Available = 2010 MB
Memory Speed = 800 MHz
Memory Channel Mode = Dual
Memory Technology = DDR2 SDRAM
DIMM A Size = 1024 MB
DIMM B Size = 1024 MB
Processor type = Intel ® Core 2 Duo CPU T6400 @ 2.00 GHz
Primary Hard Drive = 250 GB HDD

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Posted 16 April 2011 - 04:51 AM

All tests are passed when i pressed f12 diagnostics.

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Posted 16 April 2011 - 12:01 PM

You installed the GRUB bootloader?

XP doesn't use it...you probably would be better served by posting in the Linux forum, http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/forum11.html .

Froma an uneducated viewpoint...I'd say that your boot files are damaged.

Louis

Edited by hamluis, 16 April 2011 - 12:02 PM.





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