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Hi, I am new to Linux and I have a big problem already.
My friend installed Knoppix on my hard drive as a partition. I thought he was only giving me the Live CD to try out so when I found out it was installed I deleted the partition through windows xp computer management>disk management feature. If something is going to be installed I didn't want knoppix.
When I restarted the computer, I get the Dell Logo followed by
GRUB Loading Stage 1.5
GRUB Loading, Please wait...
Other times it will say Floppy diskette seek failure, press F1, and then when you press that, you get the GRUB Error.
Dell support cannot help me, I know nothing about Linux. I have a windows reinstallation disk, but it will not recognize it on boot even though I change the boot sequence for cd rom to be 1st.
I don't know where else to turn, please help!
I understand that I must someone get a windows boot disk and type fixmbr or something, but I am not that well versed in computers. I need further instruction.
Sorry you had such a negative experience with Linux- I hope you won't be prejudiced against it in the future.
Ok- down to business:
You need to get into a windows rescue mode type thing. You can do this with a windows bootdisk, (floppy or cd) you just need to go into the bios and change the boot order to be the floppy/cd first (even take away the hdd as a boot option so it is forced to try hard on the floppy/cd)
then, when you are into windows and get to a commandline, type fixmbr. that should be it.
if you can't get into windows, a possible solution would be to fix grub using a liveCD (such as knoppix) and use that to boot to windows- we are linux whizzes here, I'm afraid, not windows whizzes. That wouldn't be that bad.
I deleted it because I wanted a different distro of linux on it and I didn't know how else to get it off =(
I don't have the knoppix disc anymore, I only have some live ubuntu cds. I changed the settings in bios. it simply won't boot from any sort of disc. Dell support are the dumbest people in the universe, i feel like i will never get my computer back.
Not booting any CD is a different problem.
Try rebooting, and while the "Dell" splash screen is displayed hit the "one time boot menu" key - on mine it's F12.
You should be able to select the CD from there.
When you get Ubuntu up, issue the following from a terminal (aka command) screen
(that's ell as in list), and post the output back here.
Grin. Don't worry, we all do stupid stuff on our linux boxes (Dont even ASK how many I have killed. )
For future reference: don't "delete partition" but leave it where it is, you can install the linux you want over the top of it.
Tell Dell that you can't boot ANYTHING from the CD drive. Are you (or someone you know) able to put another CD drive in? or connect a USB (etc) CD drive? I had problems booting from one of my CD drives, the fix was to boot from another one (but I had to use the first one to read from after the boot)
Last edited by titanium_geek; 04-23-2008 at 12:56 PM.
Mono-factor, are you getting a Grub error 2, or a Grub error 22 like the OP of this thread? Do you get your Grub error before seeing a Grub menu, or after you get the Grub menu and select an OS to boot? Also, your fdisk output does not show any linux partitions. Are you using something like Wubi to install Linux inside of Windows? Please provide more information about your problem.
put the live dis in open a terminal type sudo fdisk mbr then password then reboot windows. if it does not reboot to window burn this iso http://forjamari.linex.org/frs/downl...isk_0.9774.iso
some how and put it in and reboot your windows. this is the linux way of fixing windoze. because know one ever builds emergency boot disk. that is a windows product and i stay away from it.