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Old 08-19-2005, 03:26 PM   #1
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MBR issue on Linux installation

Hi everyone,

I was trying to install Ubuntu on my laptop, and thing were going well until the cd driver stopped working (it won't read CD-R anymore).

Since it's a laptop, there's no floppy driver, and since the cd drive isn't working, I can't continue the installation nor load security software (such as SystemRescueCD)

The thing is that the installation setup had already messed with the MBR, so I get an "operating system load error" on the BIOS startup, and can't do anything...

Is there a way to format the MBR from the BIOS? Does anyone have a clue how may I solve this?

Old 08-19-2005, 03:34 PM   #2
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So you cant boot with anything? floppy, cd, or hd?
Old 08-19-2005, 03:54 PM   #3
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Have you got access to another laptop/PC? In that case, you might be able to remove the hard-disk, plug it in another PC/laptop and clear the MBR. Or you may even want to install ubuntu on the disk, and then put the disk back in the laptop.

P.S. Can you do a PXE (network) boot?
Old 08-19-2005, 09:50 PM   #4
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bosewicht, that's right, I'm all stuck!

saman007uk, I wouldn't know how to dismantle the hd from the laptop...I do have access to my pc and there is a network may I perform a network install?

thank you so much!


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