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January 16th, 2011, 11:04 PM
I have installed ubuntu 10.10 on and external usb drive and now my computer which runs XP will not boot unless the external drive is connected and on. Can I by pass this situation or do I have to uninstall ubuntu altogether and start over?

January 16th, 2011, 11:07 PM
Look here:

http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/bootinfoscript/index.php?title=Boot_Problems:Computer_does_not_bo ot_without_external_drive

January 16th, 2011, 11:39 PM
If you have the XP install CD, boot from it and run the Emergency Repair Console and type "fixmbr".

This can also be fixed with lilo.

Next time you install to USB unplug your internal HDD or use manual partitioning and select the USB drive for install of the bootloader.

January 17th, 2011, 05:36 AM
Yes, thanks to all. Am new at this and must have typed in something wrong because I couldn't access my external drive after, but I decided to format the drive and re-install with wubi. All is working well now. Thanks again