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Old 07-30-2010, 03:28 PM   #1
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grub error 17, but 'sudo grub' = command not found

I have a guy in my office who was using an old version of ubuntu and he tried upgrading to 10 but now he's getting grub error 17. I Google this and everyone suggests reinstalling grub starting with opening a shell and typing 'sudo grub'. However, I get 'command not found' in response to that. I've tried looking for the location of grub so I could try 'sudo /sbin/grub' and such, but I don't see it anywhere.

Also, I'm using a version 9.10 Live CD at the moment because I can't find out how to disable the drmraid option on the version 10 CD (necessary to detect the hard drives which, although they are on a raid controller are not configured as an array but separate drives).

Any ideas short of starting over from scratch?
Old 07-31-2010, 10:53 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by davidstvz View Post
I have a guy in my office who was using an old version of ubuntu and he tried upgrading to 10 but now he's getting grub error 17.
How old is this old version??
Note: You can only do a dist-upgrade to 10.04 from 9.10; or, because 10.04 is a LTS version, you can also do a dist-upgrade from 8.04.
In any case, for what it is worth, I always do clean installs of Ubuntu.
Old 08-02-2010, 09:09 AM   #3
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'cat /etc/issue' shows

'Ubuntu 8.04.4 LTS \n \l'

He may not have actually succeeded in updating anything, only breaking the existing system's bootloader.

I guess I'll probably just install from scratch. It's just a little weird that there are so many resources online telling me to use 'sudo grub' but I'm not saying a 'grub' command anywhere.


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