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Old 01-13-2009, 11:05 AM   #1
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GRUB Error 17 after removing Kubuntu. Main OS is Vista. Can't Load Anything


So, after receiving some advice from this forum yesterday, I decided to try to install Mandiva and remove the install of Kubuntu that I had. Well actually I removed Kubuntu (by deleting the partition it was in with Vista disk management, I know it was the right partition) and then ran into the GRUB Error 17 (which apparently means that it can't find a mountable partition). I figured that if I tried to install Mandiva it would fix everything by writing over the GRUB.

Well, Mandiva had install problems. About half way through it hangs up and I have to tap the power button to make it continue installation. Then at about 90% it hangs up completely. After the first hang up my laptop starts to make an unearthly, high-pitched noise that wavers as I move the laptop. It even changes if I just move -around- my laptop...

Right now I really just need to get back to where I can use my laptop.. If there is a route I can go that will also get Mandiva on there that'd be great too.

I thought about burning a boot disk that would just intall GRUB, but then I realized I'd have to install an image mounting program.. which is difficult on University computers.

Any thoughts?
 
Old 01-13-2009, 11:35 AM   #2
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GRUB has two programs, stage1 which is in the MBR and loads stage2 which was in the Linux partition. By deleting the Linux partition you deleted the stage 2 program.

Now you need to replace the stage1 program with VISTA's boot code. Some ways to do that are described here and IDBS Remove/Replace/Uninstal Grub
 
Old 01-13-2009, 01:32 PM   #3
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GRUB has two programs, stage1 which is in the MBR and loads stage2 which was in the Linux partition. By deleting the Linux partition you deleted the stage 2 program.

Now you need to replace the stage1 program with VISTA's boot code. Some ways to do that are described here and IDBS Remove/Replace/Uninstal Grub
Awesome links there, very helpful...
 
Old 01-13-2009, 02:32 PM   #4
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You could use the super grub CD or Floppy to fix that problem if you have access to another computer to download it from http://www.supergrubdisk.org/
 
  


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