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Old 04-15-2010, 07:42 AM   #1
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Grub loading error 22


I'm stuck and would appreciate someone helping me through. I've looked at many threads on the above, tried various remedies but there's always some point I cannot get through and so I am now really scratching my head. Not too savvy so plain english appreciated.

Now I have a dual boot pc with XP Pro and Ubunto. Regret I have struggled with Ubunto and wanted to remove to free up this extra partition on pc. So what do I do but reformat that Ubunto partion using XP. Of course many of you will now know that a reboot gives me a Grub Loading Error 22 message from which I cannot continue.

I only have my original XP Pro setup disc but have no floppy drive. Suggestions of creating startup disks, boot disks etc have failed mainly due to my lack of floppy drive. I have tried what appeared to be a good idea at http://kb.iu.edu/data/aorb.html but did not have the hardware or ability to complete.

Looks as though my problem is a Master boot record; does anyone know of a simple solution for getting me back into my XP windows where I have my main data base.

I have tried many permutations in the bios and have even got to a recovery consul (requiring extra disks and a floppy drive ) using the XP setup CD disk.

Your help would be very well appreciated..... thankyou
 
Old 04-15-2010, 07:48 AM   #2
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If all you want is your working windows back, and have deleted your ubuntu partition.

I suggest using your windows XP installation disc, starting the recovery console on it, and type:

Code:
fixmbr
It'll create a new Master Boot Record for you!

Good luck!
 
Old 04-15-2010, 02:17 PM   #3
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Thank you from Holland but this is one of the stone walls I've hit !

I have inserted my Windows XP Pro setup disk (inc service pack 3, Version 2002 ) and pressed F2 at the recovery option window that it scrolls through; "Starting Windows Recovery....... Please insert disk labelled: Windows Recovery Disk into floppy drive. Press any key."

I don't have this disk (only my main setup disk above ) and I don't have a floppy drive.

To press a key at this stage only recycles to the same comment. Can only 'escape' which then continues to a set up screen with list of drives and various options.

I can only continue to say help please........
 
Old 04-15-2010, 02:46 PM   #4
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that's odd.. I have a same windows disc, and it doesn't ask for a Recovery Floppy disc. Can't you borrow someone elses windows disc, you just need a windows xp disc that allows you to reach the recovery console.

not really a solution, sorry for that, but more of a hint/tip ?
 
Old 04-15-2010, 03:30 PM   #5
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Regret no other contacts for a disk to borrow. How else please can I get the MBR reset ??
 
Old 04-15-2010, 05:01 PM   #6
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I have now managed to reinstall Ubuntu and have , thank goodness, been able to access my XP system. Clearly there must be a way to safely and fully uninstall Ubunto and I need to search for this advice. Thanks for trying.

ps as a silver surfer my brain cells are a little dulled. It took a great deal of time to get to grips with XP and whilst I am sure Ubunto is a first class system the brain power is not now available.
 
Old 04-16-2010, 02:48 PM   #7
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Well, i looked around a bit on the internet for you.. And I found something that should help you:

Website here

It's a way to fix your MBR with your Ubuntu Distro!
I've read through the comments, and they are quite positive, so perhaps it's something for you.

Good Luck!
 
Old 04-16-2010, 03:52 PM   #8
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can you run fixmbr from windows and then delete and reformat the unused partition from windows.
 
  


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