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inabitofapickle
August 24th, 2011, 05:17 AM
Well a month ago i posted to try and get help with my grub boot loader. I tried to make it pretty with burg, and that didn't work. every time i boot up it says grub rescue and what not. I've tried live CD's but my laptop keeps saying remove disks / media press any key to reboot. I have NO CD slot seeing as this is just a netbook, and I'm really hoping to save the windows side if i can. please some one explain to me how to fix this, give me directions like you'd give to an autistic child. please help!

jfed
August 24th, 2011, 05:20 AM
Hello, I don't exactly know what your problem is as your post was a bit less than comprehensive, haha but there is a solution that might work. First, you have to tell me something, can you actually boot into Ubuntu at all? Without a livecd or anything, when you turn your computer on, can you boot into Ubuntu?

inabitofapickle
August 24th, 2011, 05:22 AM
no i get the grub rescue screen. i cannot boot in to windows 7 either.

jfed
August 24th, 2011, 05:35 AM
Okay, obviously you must have another computer, or you couldn't be writing this post right?

Do you have another computer you can use? Also, you said you tried LiveCDs, do you actually have a LiveCD with ubuntu on it handy at the moment?

inabitofapickle
August 24th, 2011, 05:38 AM
I do. And live cd is the 4.1 gb ISO file right?

jfed
August 24th, 2011, 05:42 AM
Not...quite. Thats a LiveDVD file, they're much bigger. Here is what you need to do. Download the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS CD iso, the one that is about 700megs, and burn it to a CD.

I realize you can't use a CD on your netbook, but we'll get to that, also the reason I'm saying to do 10.04 is because I'm not completely familiarly with 11.04 to be honest, also I'm not sure if the same methods would even work..

So yes, thats possible for you right? To do that? I'm not trying to be condescending haha, I'm just asking. :P

http://www.ubuntu.com/download/ubuntu/download

Select Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, and 32-bit, then click big orange download button. (I like that button :)

zirch
August 24th, 2011, 05:48 AM
I've had a similar problem. Check out this thread: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1014708

It should at least be able to help you to boot into Windows.

jfed
August 24th, 2011, 05:58 AM
Just for the sake of time, I'm going to explain what might fix your grub.

Don't burn the iso to a cd, i was wrong. Just follow this guide, and install it onto a usb stick.

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=811397

Once thats done, put it into your netbook, and boot from it. It might not do this by default, so you might have to look for something at startup that says press F# for boot menu, then just select usb.

After that, follow this guide:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2

Control+F or scroll down to where it says "Reinstalling Grub2"

That might do it. It worked for me when I had a similar problem with Fedora/ubuntu.

Or of course Zirch's guide might work too, even if they don't, reading is good for you! :D

inabitofapickle
August 24th, 2011, 06:08 AM
okay. what the right licve cd for 10.10?

rj7
August 24th, 2011, 06:09 AM
worst case: If you need your windows partition and if you dont worry about your ubuntu just reinstall ubuntu in the same partition....
But there are lot of better ways just google "grub rescue" you ll get the answer...
Also to install burg follow this
http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/45164/how-to-customize-the-ubuntu-bootloader-screen/

jfed
August 24th, 2011, 06:17 AM
I hadn't thought of that..
:-k

rj7
August 24th, 2011, 06:19 AM
should be 10.04!!!!

inabitofapickle
August 24th, 2011, 06:30 AM
yeah i got 10.04, just wondering; can i make it think its on the ubuntu partition and re-install the bootloader from the usb stick?

rj7
August 24th, 2011, 06:43 AM
ya sure you can definitely do...
and booting from usb is very easy....
if you have another Ubuntu running go to system>Administrator>Start up disk creator
Select the iso and usb....
If you dont have another ubuntu running download unetbooting...

inabitofapickle
August 25th, 2011, 05:44 AM
okay. so i tried that. and it says operating system missing.

inabitofapickle
August 25th, 2011, 05:56 AM
NVM! I GOT IT TO BOOT what do i do now?

inabitofapickle
August 25th, 2011, 06:01 AM
new problem; my track pad does not work

zirch
August 25th, 2011, 06:18 AM
Which OS did you boot into? Try installing the drivers.

inabitofapickle
August 26th, 2011, 07:57 AM
well i can only boot in to ubuntu live, i have to use an external mouse, when i use the ubuntu live usb it won't recognize the track pad, and for the last month I haven been able to boot in to either windows 7 home p. or ubuntu 10.10 (those were my two partitions)

zirch
August 26th, 2011, 07:17 PM
Do you have your Windows 7 installation DVD or recovery disk?