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Old 08-05-2009, 12:02 AM   #1
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Another noob question: Grub error 17


So I have a laptop, 1000h EEE PC with XP and Ubuntu. I installed Ubuntu in the laptop so that I can install my Fedora. So the Fedora recognized the Ubuntu and formatted the Ubuntu partition. But before the installation was complete, my laptop shut down. When I turned it on, the Grub error 17 is already there, and I can't boot either my Windows and the Ubuntu. So I got into the BIOS but it also can't boot from the CD. And now I am stuck. I already inserted Ubuntu, Fedora and the XP into the ROM but still won't work. Do you think Knoppix can help me? I just downloaded all distros from the net so I have no idea if these CD's are liveCD or not.

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Old 08-05-2009, 12:10 AM   #2
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I just posted a response in your other post ...
From wikipedia:
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A live CD or live DVD is a CD or DVD containing a bootable computer operating system.
One working CD is enough to install. The installation of most distributions is very easy, and if you're not trying to maintain some sort of setup on your hard disk, you can just use their default setup. If you're trying to preserve windows, you'll need at least a root and swap partition. Ubuntu and Fedora will both take care of the rest - other than whatever configuring you have to do.

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Old 08-05-2009, 12:24 AM   #3
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I saw your post joe. Thank you for the reply But before I can boot these CD's, Error 17 will show up first so I can't get it to work. The only thing I can enter is the laptop's BIOS. I inserted the CD into an external DVD-ROM, changed my 1st priority boot to CD, save and exit the bios but error 17 will still show.
 
Old 08-05-2009, 10:39 AM   #4
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Should I panic now? The grub is still not working. And I can't find any solutions
 
Old 08-05-2009, 11:13 AM   #5
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If you get a Grub error, the system boots from HD. So make sure that you indeed boot from CD first (use a CD that is known to be OK like windows installation or the CD that you used for the Ubuntu installation).
 
Old 08-06-2009, 12:01 AM   #6
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The problem was, I can't get it running. It seems like my laptop can't boot from my external DVD? But my external DVD is doing fine.
 
Old 08-06-2009, 02:32 AM   #7
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It's a bit funny. You tried to install Fedora from the external DVD, but that failed and after that you can no longer boot from the external DVD

Does not make sense to me.
 
Old 08-06-2009, 05:18 AM   #8
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Idk. I installed Ubuntu, Fedora, XP, 7, Office using this ROM. Then suddenly it stopped booting when the grub error appeared. I think the problem was my ROM. Do you think it's possible my ROM stopped reading?
 
Old 08-06-2009, 05:35 AM   #9
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Don't know for sure. Do you have the option to test the drive with another PC? It only has to boot to the first installation screen to prove that the drive is still OK, you don't have to install.
 
Old 08-06-2009, 07:49 AM   #10
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I will try it later tonight, Wim. So what if it does work? Should I panic now? And maybe starting to save to buy another HDD for my notebook?:|
 
Old 08-06-2009, 08:18 AM   #11
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No reason to panic (yet). If you can succesfully boot from it on another PC (that supports boot from external devices), we have eliminated a possible source of the problem.

This is not related to the HD of the notebook; that is still working. It will more likely be a BIOS issue if the external DVD is OK.
 
Old 08-06-2009, 08:19 AM   #12
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So if my ROM is not working, which is I am not really sure, I can still boot using flash drives right?
 
Old 08-06-2009, 09:39 AM   #13
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The ROM is up and working. Thank you.
 
Old 08-06-2009, 10:48 AM   #14
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I did not really do anything that solved your issue except maybe some moral support.

I'm curious how you got it working again.
 
Old 08-06-2009, 11:33 AM   #15
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Idk. I just plugged it in my desktop the plugged it back to my notebook. I have installed Fedora 11 to my notebook by installing first Ubuntu (I felt awfully bad for using Ubuntu). The problem is, how can I get the wireless running?
 
  


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