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Old 05-13-2008, 08:02 AM   #1
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Help IT Guy on Holiday!!!!!

Can anyone help me out there as our IT Manager has taken a sudden month holiday and can't be contacted. Thing is I probably don't eeven have enough information for anyone to help out.
All I can tell you is that we have a machine with linux and XP64 loaded.
When you turn on the machine, after a while all I get is a GRUB loading error 17. I have tried to read thru the forum and it seems that i should try rebooting from xp64 installation disc but when I put this in the same thing just keeps happening ( GRUB errror 17)
If anyone has any suggestions please don't be too technical as honestly I don't have a clue!!!
Old 05-13-2008, 10:59 AM   #2
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As you still see the grub message, you're not booting from CD. To boot from CD, one has to change a setting in the BIOS so it will attempt to boot from CD first.
Old 05-13-2008, 12:43 PM   #3
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The error explanation (quoted from Grub's documentation at the website) is:

Grub error 17 : Cannot mount selected partition
This error is returned if the partition requested exists, but the filesystem type cannot be recognized by GRUB.
From what I can tell it's not anything lethal, and probably altering /boot/grub/menu.lst helps. Maybe the disk order is wrong in the configuration or something.

If you need a fixing tool for bootloader problems, try out the "Super Grub Disk" bootdisc (website here); it allows you to reinstall Grub, among other things, which then allows you to boot the operating system(s) on the machine - including Windows. Or if you want, just alter the existing Grub configuration file to make it work.

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Old 05-13-2008, 06:07 PM   #4
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our IT Manager has taken a sudden month holiday and can't be contacted
Not likely, I can't even use the throne room without the cell phone close by.
I would agree with b0uncer that your grub.conf is likely to be goofed up somehow. To fix that, I would use the boot disk from his post or a Linux livecd.
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Many thanks to all you guys who helped me out of this deep deep dark hole


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