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Old 12-23-2004, 02:53 PM   #1
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How to fix grub boot loader?


I use grub boot loader to boot from dual OS that are winxp and REDHAT9.0
I deleted the REDHAT9.0 from my pc by partition Magic. But When restarting, The boot stopped in the prompt of "grub>". I think the grub boot loader is installed in /MBR and can be deleted by using FDISK /MBR if
using winxp bootdisk. But I wonder how to solve this problem without the
winxp bootdisk. Can you tell me some idears?
And Can you tell me some security methods to uninstall LINUX from PC?
 
Old 12-23-2004, 05:24 PM   #2
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Hello,

first of all, why would you want to uninstall linux from your PC?

Second, GRUB is frozen because there's more to it than what resides in the MBR. When you wiped red hat, you brought about you the curse of Tuxhankamon, and unless you're a higher sorcerer, you won't lift it without using black ms-agic.

In /boot are a couple of files which the MBR part of GRUB reads after power-on. Right now it is probably easier (since playing around in the grub prompt is not so fun) to use the windows cd to fix the MBR. Plain let it install its own, check windows boots properly, and then install another linux distro. The process from here on is bound to be familiar to you.,

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Old 12-23-2004, 06:32 PM   #3
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It's not possible to fix without the Windows CD. What you can do, if you can boot into windows, is go to the root of C:\ make windows show all the hidden, system files and then copy ntdetect.com,ntldr and boot.ini onto a floppy disk. Then you can boot from the floppy. But if you want Windows fixed properly you should buy the CD. Personally it's Windows I'd get rid of but each to their own.
 
Old 12-24-2004, 12:00 AM   #4
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Well if you have your xp cd boot it logon to recovery console. You must know your root password. type fixmbr at the prompt. An easier way take a win98 or winme bootdisk type fdisk /mbr at the prompt
 
Old 12-24-2004, 07:23 AM   #5
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Thank you!

Thank you for your helps! I have fixed my trouble by using win98 bootdisk to do FDISK /MBR.
For the reason of uninstalling LINUX is just that I have installed LINUX on another pc and
I want to use LINUX just on one pc and winxp on another pc.
I have another problem that is related to multilanguage support, when using my friend's pc, I found that I can not see Japanese homepages perfectly. So I use redhat-config-language to
perform language configuration. I found that the item can be selected is just ENGLISH. So
I think my friend did not install multilanguage package druing LINUX installation. But I don&t know how to add the support for multilanguage after LINUX installation.
Please help me!
 
Old 12-24-2004, 03:47 PM   #6
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You might find more support on that issue if you tried in a Japanese Forum. Have you tried one of the Asian versions of linux? Turboliux perhaps?
 
Old 01-23-2005, 03:05 PM   #7
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I have the exact problem as above. I recently tried to delete my Linux Redhat 9.0 partition using Partition Magic 8.0 and after rebooting, a GRUB prompt came up. I really don't know much about this function, and I would like to be able to at least get to the files on my computer.
I have an Emachines computer and it came with windows on it; I don't have an XP cd. The only CD's the computer came with were the rescue/reformatting cd's. As of now, the only thing I can do with them is reformat my hard drive. I would really appreciate any help!
 
Old 01-24-2005, 05:52 AM   #8
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Grub loader Solution!

I have solved this problem by using a Win98 bootdisk.
you can find a win98 bootdisk image in Google and make a win98 bootdisk floppy.
Then you can enter the dos mode by booting from the bootdisk.
So you just enter "fdisk /MBR" and reboot. Then you will find out that the Grub loader
has been deleted.
 
  


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