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Old 05-08-2006, 11:47 AM   #1
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Bad PBR sig when trying to boot FC5 install DVD

I have just uninstalled ubuntu and wanted to try a new linux distro, so i downloaded FC5 by recomendation of my college lecturer. The problem that i am having is that whenever i try to boot from the DVD i get an error saying "Bad PBR sig".

I know it isn't my CD drive as i had to boot to my XP install disk to fix my boot sector.

Any help will be much appreciated, Eccentric

Edit** I get the error even if i try to boot without the FC5 DVD in it. But i must stress that it will boot with my WinXP disk in it.

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Old 05-08-2006, 12:01 PM   #2
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Hi there new user try typing

Bad PBR sig

in to google and see what you get. have you got windows on your harddrive. you could try another disk where did you get it from did you download it or buy it.

let google be your frend

or you could try mepis
Old 05-08-2006, 12:07 PM   #3
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PBR means Partition Boot Record.

You likely have a drive in the machine that has a bad boot record, but it is specified in your BIOS as a boot drive. Either change the BIOS configuration to remove the drive, or rewrite the boot record on that drive.
Old 05-08-2006, 12:19 PM   #4
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Also, make sure to check the DVD for any scratches or smudges. I've had the weirdest problems thanks to them....
Old 05-08-2006, 03:04 PM   #5
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Thanks for all the help, after removing my second HDD from the boot order it stopped the error message but then i found out the disk was not properly burnt. I am now halfway through the install.

Can't tell you how greatfull i am for all your help.
Old 09-07-2006, 12:25 AM   #6
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Same Problem - But different hash


Having the same PBR problem, but used Partition Commander to set boot and still can not get the drives to boot.

Any suggestions?

Drives are good were working on Win before Linux install.


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Old 11-29-2006, 10:38 AM   #7
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I resolved my problem.

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