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Old 08-28-2007, 10:31 AM   #1
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GRUB Error #25


While trying to install a wireless card, My computer would not boot up and gave me a GRUB error failed to read #25. Also the HD D: for Linux was not being seen, also making a ticking noise. I figures the HD went West and had nothing to do with the wireless card. Without GRUB working I can't boot to windows or Linux. Tried reinstalling Linux but it didn't repair my C: drive. Tried to install or repair windows but only thing left was to whipe the HD.
Any suggestions? Thanks Bobz heavenly@695online.com Apopka FL.

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Old 08-28-2007, 12:24 PM   #2
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I suggest using a live CD to reinstall grub and put grub files in C
 
Old 08-29-2007, 08:55 AM   #3
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Tried reinstalling Linux but 8 Gig HD still un-recoginized and a 4 Gig one kept coming up with an error stop loading. Got some results with Linux Boot disk and re-installed windows but windows said a fatial error will shut down. And it now stops the computer from going further. Will try some of the other thread suggestions.
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Old 08-29-2007, 09:52 AM   #4
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Check your connectors. If you were inside the box to install the new card, you may have disturbed something. Agrouf's suggestion of using a live CD is good: not only for installing GRUB but also for checking your system. If a live CD works, but you still can't see your hard drives, that would suggest a hardware issue.
 
Old 08-29-2007, 07:02 PM   #5
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From the live CD type

fdisk-l

It will show your drives, if it don't then may be your drive(s) have gone west or some where else
 
Old 08-29-2007, 07:31 PM   #6
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The ticking noise could be a signal that the hard disk is on its last leg to its grave.

Grub Error 25 is Disk read error. This tells me Grub is having a difficulty to read the hard disk. This is a hardware fault.

Reinstall Windows has failed. Linux is in trouble too. What else is needed to convince the hard disk is about to pop off?

If the hard disks you have are 8Gb and 4Gb then they must be Win98 era or about 10 years old. A hard disk has a finite number of spinning cycles before the bearing wears out and the read/write head will no longer be reliable if the rotating parts have excessive tolerance. It is no different to any consumable item meaning it should be replaced periodically. Running a hard disk to the ground is OK if you have a copy of your old data and do not need the latest one.
 
Old 08-30-2007, 09:05 AM   #7
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Yes small HD's no longer used, it's my 120 G one with windows XP I can't now get going. A 80 G Master allows me to see the 120 but Fixmbe is good for X86 computers only per ms notes. What I need is a Linux drive to go with the 120 or put Linux on the 120 except it may format it and loose all my programs.
 
Old 08-30-2007, 01:22 PM   #8
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Don't unerstand your problem.

Are you suggesting XP is beyond repair in the 120Gb disk?

You are saying with another 80Gb disk, with an operating system inside, you can see the 120Gb disk mounted.

Normally you can resize a XP partition and install Linux. In your case if XP doesn't work there is no way to know if a resizing exercise works or damages your XP. If the 120Gb disk is going down to install another 100 OS into it will not bring it back.

What you need is an opinion from another operating system on the "health" of the XP disk. This you can do by running a Linux Live CD and look at the output of the terminal command
Code:
fdisk -l
If the hard disk has a healthy partition table then no error would be reported.

Also most Live CD has Grub inside and so you can activate a Grub shell and get the opinion from the horse's mouth by command
Code:
grub
geometry (hd0)
geometry (hd1) 
geometry (hd2)
until the disks exhausted.

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Old 08-31-2007, 10:49 AM   #9
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GRUB Error #25

Was able to get GRUB to work on 120 g HD with reinstalling CD and a small HD where Linux was than installed, but when booting up windows XP I get the windows blue screen shut down screen saying it will protect computer. It says to uninstall any hardware or software recently installed. Which I don't have. And disable Bios memory or catche, shadowing. Don't know how to do that.
Screen comes up in safe mode and other times. Linux is works good but need XP.
Hope this helps.
 
Old 08-31-2007, 12:31 PM   #10
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Your XP was installed in (hd0,0), right?

Are you booting it from the same position?

If not but the 80Gb is taking over as the (hd0) then you need to re-map the 120Gb disk from the (hd1) position back to (hd0) position by two extra Grub commands issued after the "root" statement
Code:
map (hd0) (hd1)
map (hd1) (hd0)
chainloader +1
boot
 
Old 09-11-2007, 09:23 AM   #11
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Computer now working but had to clean HD and put windows on again.
Thanks for your help.
 
  


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