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BACTRATE 04-26-2008 01:30 PM

Ubuntu boot loader
I have a amd 64 computer with two hard drives.I installed
Ubuntu 8.04 on the second drive and then removed it( because of problems) via windows
using partition magic.
I now cant now remove the boot loader and also cannot reload Ubuntu.The boot loader which i needed to install Ubuntu from the cd doesn,t now work.

Grateful for any help

ronlau9 04-26-2008 01:45 PM

Where is you,re boot loader on the drive that you removed ?
Or on the drive where windows is ?
I do not use Ubuntu ,but I have Kubuntu because it has standard Geparted and which geparted you can do nearly every thing with disk
And what is problem with the boot loader from the disk ?

so please give some details.

BACTRATE 04-26-2008 02:20 PM

I assume the boot loader is on the first hard drive mbr because it gives the option to boot windows.When i select ubuntu which i am trying to install from cd I get file not found.
I would like to be able to remove the boot loader and install ubuntu
from scratch.

Thanks for the reply

ronlau9 04-26-2008 02:44 PM

If windows boot up it indeed means the boot loader is on the drive where windows is
But there must also be a option to boot Ubuntu but as Ubuntu delete it did not boot up
But if you re installing Ubuntu it should come with the option where to write GRUB and if you decide to put it on the same disk it will overwrite it
If you only like to remove the Boot loader than you to use the repair option from windows cd for windows XP the command is
FixMbR or some think like that because never use this option I just overwrite

all the best

PTrenholme 04-26-2008 03:55 PM

And, if you can boot your Windows system, what's your problem? Once you've booted an OS, the boot loader is no longer in your computer's RAM.

And when you install another Linux OS the boot file (menu.lst or grub.conf, depending on the OS you install) will be (re)created.

BACTRATE 04-27-2008 04:51 AM

Boot loader still there
The boot loader is still there after reinstalling win xp on the first hard drive.It gives the option to boot windows or Ubuntu ,but falis to read the
ubuntu installation cd.

Thanks for the help

ronlau9 04-27-2008 05:50 AM

The boot loader from you,re hd did not read the cd
But most install cd can read the installed version
If you wish to reinstall Ubuntu you have startup from the CD
What surprise me is that GRub is still there so on with drive is GRUB ?
From which drive do you boot up sda or sdb

all the best

BACTRATE 04-27-2008 07:47 AM

Have reinstalled ubuntu on second hard drive using the boot loader
which Ubuntu uses to help boot from installation cd.
Now I have two boot loaders????.
The new boat loader directs me the boot loader which I cant remove this
one then asks for windows or ubuntu.
It all works but is a bit irritating.

Thanks again

ronlau9 04-27-2008 08:07 AM

Can you post the contents of the boot loader ?
Are they both on the same drive ?
Because as stated before normally a new installation overwrite the old boot loader

all the best

BACTRATE 04-27-2008 10:25 AM

Now working
Thanks again but all now ok.The bootloader I couldn't get rid of
has now gone and everything is working fine.

Thanks for the help though it was much appreciated.


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