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Old 11-16-2005, 07:24 AM   #1
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Install of Ubuntu failed - how do I get rid of the GRUB Loader?

Hi all, another newb here.

I tried to install Ubuntu on my machine a few days ago. A friend of mine recogmended it to me, but I'm a Linux virgin. I have a fairly old Dell, and apparently Ubuntu doesn't like Dell all that much, and vice versa. So I'm resigned to trying a different Linux version (just tried RedHat Fedora core - that failed too, Knoppix Live CD worked though)
However, when I boot up, the default boot it goes to is Ubuntu, which crashes at one of the initializing componenent parts. I need to either remove the GRUB loader completely (version 0.95) or at least change it to boot into Windows XP by default.

If, while you're telling me how to fix this, you care to tell me which Linux version might be best for me too, that'd be even better

Thanks very much in advance. I know repeated newbie questions can be a pain. If you have a flame-squad - yes, I have Google'd it, and yes I did look around your other threads. Pretty sure what I need is not easily found on Google, and I apologise if I've missed it here.

Old 11-16-2005, 07:49 AM   #2
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To change the default entry for GRUB, you will need to edit your grub.conf or menu.lst file, which can be found in /boot/grub AFAIK. The should be a line that says "default x", where x a number corresponding to the entries in the same file, 0 is for the first one, 1 for the second and so on. After editing the file, save it and reboot.

To remove GRUB and reinstall XP's bootloader, you can boot from your XP CD, select "Repair installation", log in to your installation (you'll need the administrator password) and at the prompt, type "fixmbr" (without the quotes).

Try several distributions and find out which one you feel most comfortable with. There are questionnaires online that will help you choose also, maybe search LQ for those as I can't remember any off the top of my head.
Old 11-18-2005, 09:11 PM   #3
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GRUB and LILO always conflict with Windows.

So try GRUB for DOS please. It is a cross-platform boot loader based on GNU GRUB. The GRUB.EXE can be started from DOS/Win9x; and GRLDR can be started from BOOT.INI of Windows NT/2K/XP/2003; and even more, the GRUB.EXE can be started from LINUX via the KEXEC tool.

By using GRUB.EXE or GRLDR, you don't have to touch your MBR. It is the safest way coexisting with DOS/Windows.

You needn't install GRUB for DOS. Just run GRUB.EXE from DOS, or append a line of "C:\GRLDR=START GRUB" into your BOOT.INI(restart and select the "START GRUB" menu item), that will do.

Download GRUB for DOS here:

There is a fat12grldr.img file with the GRUB for DOS release. You can create a GRUB bootable floppy with this fat12grldr.img file.

Or, you can just copy GRUB.EXE to your DOS floppy and run GRUB.EXE to enter the GRUB environment.


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