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    can't get back to windows XP, stuck on grub rescue prompt

    I have been running ubuntu 11 on a Toshiba laptop alongside windows XP. I (stupidly) DELETED the drive with ubuntu on it (in effort to uninstall ubuntu) and tried to combine the "unallocated" space to the c: drive for XP (did this while running XP). After restarting computer, I only get this:

    ERROR: NO SUCH PARTITION.
    GRUB RESCUE>_

    Yes, little grub, I deleted that partition!!! Oops.

    What I want is to boot into windows from the c: drive. But how?

    I tried putting the original installation disc in the drive and rebooting, but no luck (computer does not "see" the disk. Has anyone had and resolved this problem?

    More background info: I started out just trying to uninstall ubuntu, but it did not appear in any list of installed software. I read somewhere in these forums to delete the partition and that that would essentially do the job. Any ideas?

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    Re: can't get back to windows XP, stuck on grub rescue prompt

    You can install Ubuntu again
    or try Boot repair.....
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Repair
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    Re: can't get back to windows XP, stuck on grub rescue prompt

    Thanks for reply. But I can't install anything, because the computer boots directly to the grub rescue prompt. I don't know grub commands, and can't find them online.

    I tried the boot repair disk, but of course it had no effect (computer isn't reading the disk drive).

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    Re: can't get back to windows XP, stuck on grub rescue prompt

    Quote Originally Posted by Chaimon View Post
    Thanks for reply. But I can't install anything, because the computer boots directly to the grub rescue prompt. I don't know grub commands, and can't find them online.

    I tried the boot repair disk, but of course it had no effect (computer isn't reading the disk drive).
    can you not run Ubuntu from a live disk?
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    Re: can't get back to windows XP, stuck on grub rescue prompt

    No. I tried inserting the original ubuntu 11 disk (an .iso) and got nothing. Computer goes immediately to "grub rescue" prompt with error "no such partition".

    Also -- what I find online says that to use a live disk you must "configure your computer to boot from the drive." I can't do that.
    Last edited by Chaimon; January 6th, 2013 at 02:49 AM.

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    Re: can't get back to windows XP, stuck on grub rescue prompt

    and you tried these option
    ESC, F1, F2, F10, Ctrl-Del or Del
    when you get blinking cursor?
    F10 should work on newer computer.
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    Angry Re: can't get back to windows XP, stuck on grub rescue prompt

    Quote Originally Posted by Ringi View Post
    and you tried these option

    when you get blinking cursor?
    F10 should work on newer computer.
    Okay, I tried these options, but nothing happened at all. Yes, the cursor is blinking.

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    Re: can't get back to windows XP, stuck on grub rescue prompt

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