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Old 01-23-2010, 02:02 AM   #1
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Question "GRUB boot-loader problem in Ubuntu/XP"


Hello Everybody,

I have Windows XP and Ubuntu 9.10 installed on my Laptop.
I had no problem for about one month. But suddenly last
night when I turned on my laptop, before appearring the
boot menu from which I could select XP or Ubuntu, the computer
restarts itself.

I could only see the word "GRUB" on the screen and then it
restarts.

Would it be possible for someone to help me in this matter?

With best regards,
Hassan
 
Old 01-23-2010, 02:16 AM   #2
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Wow. Weird. Can you access the BIOS?
 
Old 01-23-2010, 02:36 AM   #3
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Hello,

I can format the hard drive and install another
Ubuntu but in this case I will loose all of my
data.

Is there any safer way to get my Ubuntu back?

Best regards,
Hassan
 
Old 01-23-2010, 02:43 AM   #4
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Hi,

It looks like somehow your GRUB got screwed up. Have a look at this tutorial, chapter 8. I show two ways of recovering GRUB from failed boots.

Kind regards,

Eric
 
Old 01-23-2010, 02:55 AM   #5
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Hello,

Thanks for your reply.

I still could not get the Ubuntu back.

Is there any way to reinstall the GRUB boot-loader
again with the help of Ubuntu installation DVD?

With best regards,
Hassan.
 
Old 01-23-2010, 02:57 AM   #6
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Super GRUB. The miracle disc. Check it out, its in my signature.
Super GRUB handles almost all boot problems.
I love it. highly recommended.
 
Old 01-23-2010, 02:58 AM   #7
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Hello,

Did you try the steps from the link I posted earlier? The step indicated as (hard way) is the manual re-installation from CD/DVD. If you have the CD/DVD of Ubuntu at hand you can boot into a Live session and perform the steps as indicated in that tutorial to fix/reinstall GRUB2.

Kind regards,

Eric
 
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Old 01-23-2010, 04:59 AM   #8
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Dear EricTRA,

Thanks for your reply.

I checked your webpage but I can not find any
starting point to start.

When I turned on my computer I can only see the
word "GRUB loading.." on the screen and nothing
else happens.

I am really confused!!

Best regards,
Hassan
 
Old 01-23-2010, 05:31 AM   #9
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Hi,

The starting point is in the paragraph that says Hard way: Manual fix from live CD of the chapter 8 of the link I posted:
Quote:
You will need a live CD that ships with GRUB 2, like Ubuntu or Kubuntu. Boot into the live session, mount the hard disk and install GRUB 2 to the MBR.
Just put the LiveCD of Ubuntu in the CD drive and boot from that, then enter a Live Session (Starts Ubuntu without even looking at your hard drive), and then execute the commands as listed in the tutorial. It's just reading and executing, nothing more.

Kind regards,

Eric
 
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Old 01-23-2010, 06:02 AM   #10
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Hello My Dear EricTRA,

Wow... Haha... It works!!!!!!!
I do not know how to thank you for your
great help.

The first two lines of your webpage solved everything.

Thanks again for your help.

Good Luck.

With best regards,
Hassan

Last edited by msbstar; 01-23-2010 at 06:14 AM.
 
Old 01-23-2010, 06:04 AM   #11
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Hello,

Great you got it working again. You're welcome, I'm happy I was able to help out. If you consider your problem/question as solved, please mark it as such using the Thread tools. Have fun with Linux.

Kind regards,

Eric
 
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