I know it's going to seem that I'm posting a question that's already been answered elsewhere, but I've followed several threads here and on other forums, and I've tried suggestions found by searching the web. No luck
My machine was running Vista 7 just fine, but I do a lot of image editing and prefer GIMP, so I installed Ubuntu 10.04 alongside Vista. All was well for a week or so until I got Error 17.
As I understand it, the solution to Error 17 is to reinstall GRUB. I've tried to do this by several methods, all of them similar, but none of them work. The last method I tried comes from Getting Started with Ubuntu by the Ubuntu Manual Team. This method consists of the following series of commands:
$ sudo fdisk -l
$ sudo mkdir /media/root
$ sudo mount /dev/sda1 /media/root
$ ls /media/root
$ sudo grub-install --root-directory=/media/root /dev/sda
This solution makes good sense to me, but once I get to the mount command a message tells me the file type must be specified. The command 'file /dev/sda5' (sda5 corresponds to my Linux device) returns something like 'block special (8/5)', which is not what the command line commands.
By the way, I know from the output of the first command (sudo fdisk -l) that my machine is booting to the Vista device.
Thanks in advance,