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April 6th, 2010, 04:23 AM
I have installed Ubuntu 9.04 fom a Live CD. My system is a Dell Optiplex 745 that originally had Windows XP installed. Ubuntu is the only OS. Windows XP was removed.

The sytem appears to be running normaly.

When I shutdown (not restart) and then power cycle the computer,
I see the Dell splash screen
then I get the message:
"Errorauto-sensing secondary master hard disk drive. Strike F! key to continue, F2 to run the setup."
F1 repeats the message.
F2 enters the BIOS setup but does not lead to a fix.

If I place the Live CD in the tray and boot from that, I get to the Ubunt install directory.

If I click "Check disc for defects", then run the check. (I can even interupt the check without completing by hitting ESC), then the system reboots.
I see the Dell Splashscreen.
I see the Ubuntu Live CD menu
I choose "Boot from first hard disk"
Then Ubuntu loads perfectly. I enter my username's passord.
The system runs fine until the next time I shutdown.

How do I get the system to boot directly without needing the LiveCD?

April 6th, 2010, 07:36 AM
Sounds like you have to restore (reinstall) grub. Try this guide: