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    The Recidivist
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    Question My dual boot ate my computer....

    Okay, so here is the problem. I had a dual boot of RH/XP running on my girl's machine. Grub was the boot loader. Everything worked beautifully.

    Then she decided that she wanted to go back to using ME.

    *shrug*

    So I decided while I was at it I wanted to try SUSE. So, using third party partition software, I deleted the *nix partition and then reboot using ME boot disk and deleted the XP partition using fdisk. Then I created 1 new partition to install ME on. Heres the trouble. After installation ( HP rescue disk /w ME on it, didn't know if that was a needed info variable or not) I rebooted and got a screen that had

    GRUB>

    and some other stuff about pressing TAB to get a command list. I did that and none of the commands seem to be of any use. I tried getting rid of all partitions then formating everything and that didn't work. I even tried pulling the battery on BIOS ( you can tell at this point I had no idea wtf I was doing and was running short on ideas) and, surprise!, that didn't work either.

    So in short, or rather kinda long, how do I get rid of GRUB?

    Thank you in advance all you *nix gurus.

    hjack
    "Where the tree of knowledge stands, there is always paradise": thus speak the oldest and the youngest serpents.
    - Friedrich Nietzsche

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    GRUB is probably installed into the Master Boot Record (MBR).
    To clear that you need a boot floppy with fdisk installed on it and perform a 'fdisk /mbr'.
    This should clear the MBR.

    There is a tutorial on this subject (except it is LILO) called
    Removing Lilo written by tyger_claw.

    I hope this can help you put your box back together.

    Cheers
    noODle

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    The Recidivist
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    Thanks for the help noodle. Really appreciate it. Using the university computer lab kinda sucks.



    hjack
    "Where the tree of knowledge stands, there is always paradise": thus speak the oldest and the youngest serpents.
    - Friedrich Nietzsche

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