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When I start my Acer Aspire One, I get the following message:
Gnu GRUB verion 0.97 (639K lower / 1034712K upper memory)
[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. ]
I had installed Fedora 10 on a 3rd partition. Since I did not know how to uninstall Fedora, I used "Norton Partition Magic" in windows xp, and I simply deleted the partition, and used the unallocated space to make a new Ext3 partition called L:.
After I did this, I found my USB memory stick, which I had made bootable when I had installed fedora. I tried to boot from it again to install Ubuntu on L:, and thats where the Gnu GRUB came in the picture.
You had Fedora on your 3rd partition, what was on your first and second partitions? I assume xp was on one. Were you using Grub from Fedora to boot? If you used Fedora Grub to boot and deleted the Fedora partition, you deleted the majority of the Grub bootloader files and will have to replace them. What exactly do you want to do and how does the memory stick fit into this?
Do you have a Live CD, run the "fdisk -l" command as root and post this partition information.
As Linus72 pointed out, why not just start ubuntu installation from its live CD, which u must be having... u did mention u were trying to install ubuntu...
It will reinstall the bootloader, as part of installation and even detect your windows installation...
If using linux or GRUB is your problem or or if you dont have a Live CD....
just use the XP CD in its rescue mode n use the fixmbr command. This should get your windows running... Then you can start with the linux installation as usual....