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How to fix frozen Grub menu

By dschlesak ·
Grub Menu freeze
In updating Win XP SP2 with a MS fix, my laptop got really fixed. It blew my windows setup as well as Ubuntu 9.04. I formated the entire Hard drive and started over. Installed Win XP SP2 - worked fine. Installed Ubuntu 9.10 (figured might as well do a clean install). Grub would not allow me to select anything except the first line. I changed the boot order and it would only allow what was selected as the default. If I tried to select another operating system (even the memtest) it would just lock-up. I have since then re-installed another instance of Ubuntu 9.10 with the same results. Win Xp is on a NTSF file system and Ubuntu is on the Linux file system.

What I am curious about is how to get rid of the second install of ubuntu and extend the partition of the first install and how to fix the Grub to allow me to select the operating system I wish to load.

It will not allow me to boot the Windows CD to reinstall Windows. Grub takes over even if I try to boot from the CD.

Any help would be appreciated.

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How to fix frozen Grub menu

by Mehul Bhai In reply to How to fix frozen Grub me ...

fdisk /mbr

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Fdisk?

by dschlesak In reply to How to fix frozen Grub me ...

To do that I would have to boot from windows and grub will not let me do that even from the CD. I will be trying to boot from an external disk via USB port and see if I can boot windows from the backup I have on the external HradDrive.

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GRUB won't let you boot from CD?

by seanferd In reply to Fdisk?

If BIOS is set to boot from CD first, GRUB doesn't enter into this, as it is on the HDD.

BTW, the command is FIXMBR. Fdisk commands are for non-NTFS DOS systems.

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Fixed

by dschlesak In reply to GRUB won't let you boot f ...

I finally booted from the CD, formatted the entire HD and installed a fresh WINXP. Thanks.

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Glad to hear it worked.

by seanferd In reply to Fixed
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