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    Question Error 17 on GRUB, please help!

    I'm dual booting Windows 7 and openSUSE. I attempted to start up my computer, and got ERROR 17 on the GRUB loading page. I am assuming this is related to me disabling the openSUSE uninstaller on startup in Windows.... Sorry if this was noobish, the uninstaller seemed completely superfluous.

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    Default Re: Error 17 on GRUB, please help!

    How did you install openSUSE? I mean did you run the installer from windows?
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    Default Re: Error 17 on GRUB, please help!

    Yeah, I ran the installer from a DVD on Windows.

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    Default Re: Error 17 on GRUB, please help!

    Quote Originally Posted by carterdj95 View Post
    Yeah, I ran the installer from a DVD on Windows.
    Extremely bad move and NOT a recommended procedure.
    Do you have a windows DVD?

    As it is I am not entirely sure what you have done, but you could try this:
    Re-Install Grub Quickly with Parted Magic

    But you must get the Parted Magic from the guide, this one
    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10573557/pmagic-4.5.iso

    Technically, what you have done is a disaster but not beyond repair. So don't panic. But you do need some experience here, we can't literally hold your hand, but we'll do our best.
    You may need to restore the windows MBR, but let's see... Try the above and see what happens
    If you don't understand anything, ask.
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    Default Re: Error 17 on GRUB, please help!

    To be honest, I didn't have anything of too much personal intrinsic value, so if there's anyway to temporarily get rid of openSUSE on my second hard drive or get past GRUB, that'd be fine.

    I just need to print out my bibliography for my extended essay....

    I can fix things soon, I just need a way to bypass some Linux **** for the moment. Possible?

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    Default Re: Error 17 on GRUB, please help!

    Let's just clarify. Did you install openSUSE to a 2nd HD? if yes, what happens if you pull the power on that HD and boot without it?
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    Default Re: Error 17 on GRUB, please help!

    Yes; lemme try that.

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    Default Re: Error 17 on GRUB, please help!

    Well, after removal of the hard drive, my GRUB is giving me an ERROR 21.

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    Default Re: Error 17 on GRUB, please help!

    You have 2 choices.

    1.As I quoted at the start. But you need to plug the other HD back in. Make sure it's still in the same boot order in the BIOS.

    2. Download this: Download Windows 7 System Recovery Discs — The NeoSmart Files
    You still didn't say if you have a windows install DVD (I don't mean some crummy recovery dvd)
    Use it to repair the MBR (You don't need the 2nd HD connected for this)

    I have never used this tool myself, but many have. The normal repair method from a windows dvd is:

    Select to "Repair your computer"
    Select/put the radio button/dot next to "Use recovery tools that can help fix problems" --> Next
    Select "command prompt"
    enter this command: Bootrec.exe /FixBoot
    enter this command: Bootrec.exe /FixMbr
    enter this command: exit
    Click to Restart
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    Default Re: Error 17 on GRUB, please help!

    I tried using the suggested program, but it didn't really make sense. However, in finding it I also found SuperGrubDisk, which let me boot my Windows.

    So, my problems were solved for now. Thank you very much, and I'll definitely use your method for fixing my Linux. Impressive how much one noob can mess stuff up. :-)

    Much gratitude,
    Jameson

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