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    Default grub error 17 while windows install normally

    hi.
    recently after a reboot i got grub error 17. no updates, no nothing - just an innocent reboot. i tried literally everything(supergrubdisk, grub commands, menu.lst editing etc.) to get it to work but nothing helps. even reinstalling different linux distros gives the same grub error 17 while reinstalling windows it boots properly.
    and this is not a dual boot issue.
    i'm just going mad. why windows boots but none of linux distros does?
    could it be related to a broken hdd(bad sectors or something)?

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    Default Re: grub error 17 while windows install normally

    If you have a Linux Live CD, boot from it and log in. Then open a console window and enter su and you will be at the command prompt with root powers and ready to proceed. If on the other hand you have the openSUSE install DVD, boot from it and on the first menu of options select the Rescue System option. That will start an elementary Linux Live operating system and bring you to the login prompt. Enter the username root and you will be at the command prompt with root powers and ready to proceed. Whichever way you started (the openSUSE install DVD or a Linux Live CD) when you are at the root command prompt, first you find the partition containing openSUSE's bootloader. Then you reinstall Grub with a pointer to that partition. First find the openSUSE installation:



    You enter this ---------------- grub
    Computer returns like this ---- grub>
    You enter this ---------------- find /boot/grub/menu.lst
    Computer returns like this ---- (hd0,5)



    Here, (hd0,5) is Grub's pointer to my openSUSE installation. Your pointer will be different from my example (hd0,5). Substitute your values for my example (hd0,5). Now that you have the pointer, proceed like this:



    You enter this ---------------- root (hd0,5)
    Computer returns like this ---- Filesystem type is ext2fs, partition type 0x83
    You enter this ---------------- setup (hd0)
    You see several lines like this --- Checking if /boot/grub/stage1 exists ... yes Computer finally returns this-- Succeeded.......Done
    You enter this ---------------- quit
    You enter this ---------------- reboot <code>
    The computer should reboot and present you with the Grub boot menu

    from here: http://opensuse.swerdna.org/susebootfive.html
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    Default Re: grub error 17 while windows install normally

    already tried that. same error 17

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    Default Re: grub error 17 while windows install normally

    From Grub manual:
    This error is returned if the partition requested exists, but the filesystem type cannot be recognized by GRUB.

    Are you able to get the
    Code:
    fdisk -l
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    Default Re: grub error 17 while windows install normally

    yes i am able to get it and everything is set correctly.
    as i mentioned i tried different distros and different versions after i first got this error but all of them doesn't load grub.
    though i can install and load windows.
    i have installed different linux distros on that particular laptop earlier and never got this error. so maby it is due to hard disk failure? i now recall that latest ubuntu alpha showed some notification about bad hard disk or something.

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    Default Re: grub error 17 while windows install normally

    Post it. How can we help you!?
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    Default Re: grub error 17 while windows install normally

    cannot post it now since i'm not at that computer currently.
    maybe you've got some clues about why none of linx distros boot while windows doesn't have any problems?

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    Default Re: grub error 17 while windows install normally

    Quote Originally Posted by jurgis View Post
    cannot post it now since i'm not at that computer currently.
    maybe you've got some clues about why none of linx distros boot while windows doesn't have any problems?
    Yes, I have an idea you borked something.
    A live cd will tell you all you need to know if you know what to do.
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    Default Re: grub error 17 while windows install normally

    i managed to get the laptop so here what fdisk -l shows

    Disk /dev/sda: 100.0 GB, 100030242816 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 12161 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x8793a636

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 1 262 2104483+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/sda2 263 1698 11534670 83 Linux
    /dev/sda3 1699 12161 84044047+ 83 Linux

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    Default Re: grub error 17 while windows install normally

    boot is at sda1 now cause i've been messing around with supergrubdisk and probaly left it like that

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