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Old 09-30-2007, 06:29 PM   #1
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"GRUB Error 17" Any ideas? Need help with triple boot: Ubuntu/Kubuntu/2000 Pro

OK. So i got back from vacation this afternoon, and turned my two main computers on; my server, a Dell Precision Workstation 220, and my internet browsing computer, a Dell Dimension T500. My server boots up fine, and just used it to start this thread. My T500 however, loaded the bios, and started to load "Grub", the OS manager for Linux. When it gets about half way through, it gives me this exact message in a DOS style Black screen/White text.

GRUB Loading stage1.5.

GRUB loading, please wait...
Error 17

Then the computer freezes up and will go a _(bleep!)_ step further. I tried going to the bios and setting the CD drive IDE channel to 1st boot instead of the hard drives and then put my 2000 Pro CD in, restarted the computer, and I get the same result (it will not ever begin trying to load the OS CD). By the way as far as OS's go, about a month ago I installed Windows 2000 Pro on the systems 6GB Maxtor Drive set to master jumper. Then a week ago before I left for vacation I got my two new Linux CD's and installed Ubuntu and Kubuntu on a second 6GB Maxtor Drive set to slave on the Hard Drive IDE channel and partitioned it to 3.2GB, 3.2GB, and the remainder for swap disk. I then installed Ubuntu first, verified that that OS worked, then I installed Kubuntu and verified that it worked too. Then I shut the computer down, unplugged the power strip from the wall and went to bed. Next morning, I left for vacation, and when I came back this afternoon, that error message is what I got. So far my to main computer references said that, one, I might have a hardware problem since I can't get the system to even boot from the 2000 Pro CD. And secondly that the three OS's might me fighting for sector 0 (or 1) boot priority on the master drive. What do you guys think?
Old 09-30-2007, 08:01 PM   #2
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You really need a (Linux) liveCD for this - I like Knoppix, but anything should do. See if one of them boots - the fact that the Windoze CDs fails to load is not necessarily evidence of a (real) problem. Try a liveCD and see if you do any better.
If so, let's see the full output of this (as root)
fdisk -l


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