Find the answer to your Linux question:
Results 1 to 7 of 7
Total stupid n00b here. After buying a new hard drive, XP was being sluggish, and having heard about Linux's superior performance, I figured I'd give Kubuntu a try. Liked it ...
Enjoy an ad free experience by logging in. Not a member yet? Register.
  1. #1
    Just Joined!
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Posts
    2

    Grub error 17, Kubuntu


    Total stupid n00b here.

    After buying a new hard drive, XP was being sluggish, and having heard about Linux's superior performance, I figured I'd give Kubuntu a try. Liked it at first and installed it to a new partition on the new hard drive, but after a few days became frustrated with the learning curve on installing new software. So I bought some new RAM, booted up XP from what I've now learned is called GRUB, and decided to stick with XP. I became greedy for that hard drive space that was partitioned for Kubuntu so I ...

    ... and this was my stupid critical error ...

    ... opened up Windows' innocuous little DiskManager program and casually deleted the partition that contained Kubuntu. (Or so I thought.)

    Of course, GRUB's still sorta there I guess, 'cause when I go to boot up, it says, "GRUB loading stage 1.5 ... GRUB loading, please wait. Error 17." Then stops. Googling reveals that "error 17" means it can't find a partition.

    Right now, I'm booting Kubuntu from my LiveCD. After trolling the forums for error 17, I tried typing 'sudo grub-install /dev/hda' into terminal -- a stab in the dark, no luck. I tried reinstalling Kubuntu on the partition which QTParted tells me still exists, but the installer crashed.

    I can't load XP at all, and can't find my boot disk for it. Any ideas? Thanks in advance!

    Matt

  2. #2
    oz
    oz is offline
    forum.guy
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    arch linux
    Posts
    18,733
    To remove GRUB, boot with a Windows emergency boot disk and run: fdisk /mbr

    ...or

    Boot with the Windows XP installation CD and from the recovery console type: fixmbr

    Doing either one should rewrite the MBR allowing you to reboot directly into Windows.
    oz

  3. #3
    oz
    oz is offline
    forum.guy
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    arch linux
    Posts
    18,733
    Oops... just noticed that you don't have the Windows XP disk.

    You should be able to find a suitable boot disk here:

    http://www.bootdisk.com/
    oz

  4. $spacer_open
    $spacer_close
  5. #4
    Just Joined!
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Posts
    2
    Thanks, ozar. Is there any way to burn the boot disk to CD from Kubuntu? I do have a CD burner, but it's occupied by the current LiveCD. Will I have to burn it from another computer?

  6. #5
    oz
    oz is offline
    forum.guy
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    arch linux
    Posts
    18,733
    I'm not sure how the Kubuntu LiveCD works but you'll probably need to use another computer to burn the boot disk, or borrow one from a friend.

    Maybe someone will correct me if that's wrong.
    oz

  7. #6
    Super Moderator devils casper's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    Chandigarh, India
    Posts
    24,729
    Hi !!
    Quote Originally Posted by mthomps
    Is there any way to burn the boot disk to CD from Kubuntu? I do have a CD burner, but it's occupied by the current LiveCD. Will I have to burn it from another computer?
    boot disk is windows 98 bootable floppy... you dont need to BURN CD... it wont work... just download windows 98 bootable Floppy software from site suggested by ozar and create bootable floppy...



    .... casper ....
    It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
    New Users: Read This First

  8. #7
    Just Joined!
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Posts
    1
    I had a similar problem. I removed my Kubuntu partitions and reformatted them to NTFS. But when I powered off and on my machine, I received the Grub Error 17.

    To solve this problem, I used the command 'fdisk /mbr'. Since the machine wont boot, I used the Ultimate Boot CD (Ultimate Boot CD - Overview) to boot the machine and for fdisk. The fdisk is somewhere within the folders of the CD (you need to burn the ISO image first to a CD and make the cdrom as the first choice in booting).

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •