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Old 04-06-2004, 04:22 AM   #1
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Unhappy Only grub left..?


Dear somebody

I am panicking, I had help to uninstall linux for a dual boot... Anyway, I got the computer back ... in GRUB mode... when I turn my computer on I have only GRUB. I try to write root but get only something like

(hd0,0) empty...

Can somebody help me, I need to clear the hard-disk and do a complete new installation.

Unfortunately I do not have access to any linux cd or floppys (not that I probably can read any of those anyway...)

Please help me...
 
Old 04-06-2004, 05:48 AM   #2
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OK. To remove GRUB from your MBR(master boot record) you would need a windows startup floppy disc. Boot into this floppy and at command prompt type

fdisk /mbr

YOu have successfully uninstalled LInux right?
 
Old 04-06-2004, 06:29 AM   #3
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What distro are you using?
 
Old 04-06-2004, 07:15 AM   #4
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OK. To remove GRUB from your MBR(master boot record) you would need a windows startup floppy disc. Boot into this floppy and at command prompt type

fdisk /mbr

YOu have successfully uninstalled LInux right?

Hi LinuxLaLa

Unfortunatly I got the computer back like this, I have no idee what have been done.

I have a Windows XP cd, does this help?
/Lillan
 
Old 04-06-2004, 07:16 AM   #5
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What distro are you using?
Distro... hmmm...?
 
Old 04-06-2004, 07:18 AM   #6
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Distro... hmmm...?
for example:

SuSE, Red Hat, Mandrake, Slackware, Gentoo,..
 
Old 04-06-2004, 07:19 AM   #7
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No I don't believe that it does. But a live cd distribution like Knoppix would be a great help.

Plus you would still need that windows atartup floppy disc. YOu can have it made at some friend's system which has Windows 98 or Me on it.
 
Old 04-06-2004, 07:20 AM   #8
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No I don't believe that it does. But a live cd distribution like Knoppix would be a great help.

Plus you would still need that windows atartup floppy disc. YOu can have it made at some friend's system which has Windows 98 or Me on it.
Ok I got a Knoppix 3.2...
what do I do with it? My computer doesnt recognice the fdisk /mbr command...
 
Old 04-06-2004, 07:21 AM   #9
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for example:

SuSE, Red Hat, Mandrake, Slackware, Gentoo,..
I did have RH 9...
 
Old 04-06-2004, 08:37 AM   #10
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Well, fdisk /mbr is a dos comamand, which means that you can only use it with a windows startup disc.

Anyways, boot into Knoppix and there you would see a rescu mode option. Select this option and follow the instructions taht follow.

My guess is that you previously had linux on ur system and now it has been formated but there is still traces of GRUB left in your MBR.
 
Old 04-06-2004, 08:52 AM   #11
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Well, fdisk /mbr is a dos comamand, which means that you can only use it with a windows startup disc.

Anyways, boot into Knoppix and there you would see a rescu mode option. Select this option and follow the instructions taht follow.

My guess is that you previously had linux on ur system and now it has been formated but there is still traces of GRUB left in your MBR.
Ok, I hope this helps. I am sorry for beeing so stupid but how do I boot to the cd when all I have is
grub>

?

/Lillan
 
Old 04-06-2004, 10:56 AM   #12
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It's easy.

1. Go into your BIOS settings, pressing Del or F2 usually does that
2. Check to see if the first boot device is selected as CDROM
3. Save and exit and when the machine reboots, it'd boot from the cd.

In step 2, you are simply asking the BIOS to look for the start up script in the cd and not on the hard disc. So, when it looks and finds the script in the cd, it boots from it.

All this would happen before the GRUB screen actually appears. 'Coz, it appears when the startup script is found on the hard disc. But, if before finding it on the ahrd disc it is found in the cdrom, then it would boot from the cdrom.
 
Old 04-07-2004, 01:51 AM   #13
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The computer is not responding to me pressing any key like F2 or del, but I have a few commands listed that I can use, is any of these for a use for me:

background blocklist boot cat chainloader clear cmp color configfile debug displayapm displaymem embed find foreground fstest geometry halt help hide impsprobe initrd install ioprobe kernel lock makeactive map md5crypt module modulenounzip pager partnew parttype password pause read reboot root rootnoverify savedefault serial setkey setup splashimage terminal terminfo testload testvbe unhide uppermem vbeprobe....

--- Hmm
 
Old 04-07-2004, 05:40 AM   #14
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Where do you find these commands listed?

On boot, is there no line whiuch says, press XX key to go into BIOS setup?

Try the setup command, tell me what happens.
 
Old 04-07-2004, 06:18 AM   #15
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No I have a black screen with only GRUB, saying
[Minimal BASH like line editing is supported. For the fisrt word, TAB lists possible command competions. Anzwhere else TAB lists the possible completion of a device/filename]



>boot gives
Error 8: Kernel must be loaded before booting

>setup

Error 11: Unrecogniyed device string
 
  


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