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#1 smoky299

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Posted 26 December 2006 - 02:31 PM

Got an 320GB External HDD for christmas!
installed ubuntu on it.
installed the Grub bootloader onto the MBR.
1st time i tried finishing the installation and it didn't work (job something)
that doesn't matter right now,
When i restart my comp i get error message 21 or 22. Always comes up on restart.
I get rid of it by re-installing Ubuntu. but only get one boot of it.
Currently on this one boot (on windows (not trying ubuntu installation until i get the bootloader working) to see if anyone can help.
I have looked on many sites but all they suggest is a Floppy Ubuntu Boot Loader but i dont have a floppy disk drive.
I know you can replace the MBR back to the Winodws Version by re-installing Windows (might do that until i get solution for GRUB) but i REALLY REALLY REALLY want to use ubuntu.
Hardware and Software Information Available if needed. Let me know if you need anymore information.
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Posted 27 December 2006 - 01:14 AM

actually, if you all ready dual boot with windows...an "fdisk /mbr" will restore the windows boot loader and erase all the Grub stuff.

I don't understand what's happening here.

When you install Ubuntu what/how are you doing it? What options are you choosing? How are you setting up your hard drive?
If someone tells you to su rm -rf /
DON'T DO IT!!!!
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Posted 27 December 2006 - 12:01 PM

Also, is it the most recent version of Ubuntu? If you're doing a net install I guess it wouldn't matter, but I don't know much about Ubuntu, so I don't know if it even has net install.
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Posted 27 December 2006 - 05:11 PM

Ubuntu Version 5.10
Using Default Installation
How to I get into the fdisk /mbr?
One thing i have noticed, my external drive is empty when i look in my computer apart from two hidden folderse Incinerator and SVI!?
What the *bleep is a net install?
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Posted 27 December 2006 - 06:03 PM

a net install is just a small boot cd from there it goes to a ftp server, from there it downloads all the files and the os.

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Posted 28 December 2006 - 12:57 AM

If you have your boot disk for windows, look on it and see if it has a program called fdisk on it. If not, make one with it. Boot using this disk, into dos and at the command prompt just type fdisk /mbr. Your linux partition will still be there, but grub will be gone. When you next reboot, windows boot manager will get activated and take it from there.

If you want Ubuntu, I would at least suggest 6.06 LTS (Dapper Drake) as it's long term support.
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Posted 28 December 2006 - 02:44 PM

repaired Master Boot Record
ALL OKAY!!
Thank you.

But there is another problem.
My external HDD is empty. WHERE IS UBUNTU!
Could that have caused error 21??
error 22 happened because the EHDD cable was slightly out
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Posted 28 December 2006 - 09:56 PM

windows doesnt recognize other os. so ubuntu may still be there.and your ubuntu install could have been bad and cause the grub error.you could always try to reinstall and start over.

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Posted 29 December 2006 - 12:30 AM

That's what I meant about the linux partition will still be there. It's easy enough to check. Throw in your Ubuntu CD and run it as a live cd. If you have it, go to your settings menu and look at your disk manager (in windows)
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Posted 29 December 2006 - 07:30 AM

doesn't seem to be

Free Space 99%

burning 6.10 over 5.10.

i also have May 2006 Version of Mandriva, might try and see if that gives me the same problems
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Posted 29 December 2006 - 10:18 AM

Good luck :thumbsup:. I think you should have better luck with a more up to date version, let us know how it goes.
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Posted 29 December 2006 - 10:18 AM

Good luck :thumbsup:. I think you should have better luck with a more up to date version, let us know how it goes.
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Posted 30 December 2006 - 06:23 AM

Ubuntu was there the 99% free was the 60GB FAT32 Partition I had made.
Formatted the EHDD and installing Mandriva today.
Will report back on installation.
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Posted 01 January 2007 - 06:44 AM

Installed Mandriva today.
Default install.
On second boot all i get is

L 07 07 07 07 07 07 07 07 07 07 07 .....all the way down to about half way down the page..

me being a linux user is looking more unlikely everyday

Edited by smoky299, 01 January 2007 - 06:44 AM.

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Posted 01 January 2007 - 03:53 PM

was looking at other forums and i found this

http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=80811

i was wondering if they would be any use to me because I am installing it on an external HDD?
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