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May 21st, 2010, 04:21 PM
Hello from a first-time-Ubuntu-install person

I installed Ubuntu 10.04 on an XP machine from the Live disk. Since then I haven't been able to boot at all.

I either get to the
"error: no such device: acc09210- ...
grub rescue>"

or I get the

"fd1 cannot get C/H/S values "

I have found some postings about similar issues but after trying many of the solutions (without really understanding what I was doing) I still have not resolved the problem.

after typing "ls" at the "grub rescue>" I got
(hd0) (hd0,5) (hd0,1) (fd0) (fd1)
error: fd1 cannot get C/H/S values
grub rescue>
Please help me resolve this. I need my computer back.


Seemingly similar posts, but not solutions yet
fd1 cannot get C/H/S values

Messed up bootloader http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1489284&highlight=rescue

May 21st, 2010, 09:09 PM
Following a suggestion at

Running from the Live Disk I did
ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo fdisk -l

and the result was

Disk /dev/sda: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x15af38ba

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 13386 107523013+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 13387 38912 205037595 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda5 13387 38912 205037563+ 7 HPFS/NTFS

the result of
"ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo blkid"
/dev/loop0: TYPE="squashfs"
/dev/sda1: LABEL="System" UUID="B244190F4418D7C5" TYPE="ntfs"
/dev/sda5: LABEL="Data" UUID="78BC606DBC6027B8" TYPE="ntfs"

I am anxiously awaiting assistance from the Ubuntu community.

Still no response so I posted to http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/showthread.php?p=3977282#post3977282