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Old 01-06-2011, 05:39 PM   #1
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Grub loader problem ... error 17 ... Debian 507 installation.


Installed Debian 507 on second HD. 1st HD has windows and Fedora 14 and 2nd HD has windows and Debian 507. After the Debian install, the only system which will boot is Fedora. Both sets of Windows and Debian have Grub errors Error 17 and error 22. Is there a way to delete the Grub files and restore the system to "NO Grub" ??? The file manager in Fedora is working OK.

I'm and old guy having trouble with all of this.

Old 01-06-2011, 06:04 PM   #2
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Do you have a windows operating system on both drives?
Is one of the windows just a data partition?
What, if anything, are you now able to boot?
If you are not able to boot Debian from the second drive after the installation, you probably didn't install Debian Grub to the master boot record. Which hard drive is set to first boot priority? The Fedora drive or the Debian drive? If you installed Debian Grub to the master boot record of its (second) drive, you need to set the second drive to first boot priority in the BIOS. If you want to boot from Fedora Grub, you need to put an entry for Debian in the Fedora Grub file, menu.lst or grub.conf.

If you provide answers to the questions above and state what your intentions are you should get some help.
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You only need 1 boot partition and since grub can boot any windows and linux distro ur better off using grub as boot loader. it would be easier for you to have linux distros on 1 hard disk and windows on the other harddrive. then set grub entries to boot your windows installations
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Are the hdd's sata or ide(pata)?
If pata do you have correct jumper settings?
Which grub and did the 2 windows os'es work with Fedora?
Old 01-07-2011, 06:34 AM   #5
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Thank you all for the responses. It is gratifying to know that there is such a helpful community. Your questions back to me gave me enough information for me to fix my booting problem. I have re-installed the grub loader from Debian and now have everything booting. Also, I have made the backup copy of windows on the second drive non-bootable. I think that this cleared the problem.
Again thank you and I hope that I will have fewer problems in the future, but don't count on it.
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Again thank you and I hope that I will have fewer problems in the future, but don't count on it.
You can always feel free to ask here, if there are any problems.
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