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    Bye Bye Linux = no computer?


    I just deleted all partitions on my D:// drive (which I thought had linux on it) via XP. Now when I boot I get a grub error (error 17).

    How do I get around grub so I can get to XP? When I installed Linux did it put grub on both disks? Deleting D:// should not have affected XP at all because before this incident I have never used my D:// at all.

    So far I have booted from both disks and they both give me that error (pretty sure, one might give me a blank screen :/ ).

    I pry walked into this problem but I am hoping that this can be fixed.

    edit:// Sorry if this is in the wrong forum.

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    did you try Windows Installation CD? boot from it, select repair and execute fixmbr.
    in case, it doesn't work, download SuperGRUB CD, boot from it and select 'Fix Windows' option.
    if you have Floppy Drive, you can fix this with Windows 98 Bootable Floppy too.
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    Unfortunately, GRUB stores some of its information on the linux partition,
    so, if you delete or format that partition, GRUB is dead, and cannot boot your other
    OS. Boot from the Microsoft CD. I believe there is something called a rescue
    or repair console you can choose, and the commands to restore the Microsoft
    bootloader are fixboot and fixmbr

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    Quote Originally Posted by devils_casper View Post
    did you try Windows Installation CD? boot from it, select repair and execute fixmbr.
    in case, it doesn't work, download SuperGRUB CD, boot from it and select 'Fix Windows' option.
    if you have Floppy Drive, you can fix this with Windows 98 Bootable Floppy too.
    It looks like I do not have a copy of a XP disk so I am going to try SuperGRUB CD.
    edit:// I burn it as an ISO right, just like Linux?

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    edit:// I burn it as an ISO right, just like Linux?
    yes. if you have Floppy drive, i suggest you to download Windows 98 Bootable Floppy from Bootdisk.Com. boot up from Floppy and execute this
    Code:
    A:\> fdisk /mbr
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    Quote Originally Posted by devils_casper View Post
    yes. if you have Floppy drive, i suggest you to download Windows 98 Bootable Floppy from Bootdisk.Com. boot up from Floppy and execute this
    Code:
    A:\> fdisk /mbr
    Have an external one, but why Windows 98? I have XP media center edition. Is this the right one?

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    but why Windows 98?
    only Windows 98 Bootable Floppy work properly.
    Is this the right one?
    yes. thats correct.
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    Quote Originally Posted by devils_casper View Post
    only Windows 98 Bootable Floppy work properly.

    yes. thats correct.
    OK, will try this out.
    Thank you very much for your help this far.

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    Thank you very much, that seemed to have worked.

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    glad to help you.
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