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Ubuntu Error 21

Tried installing Ubuntu, I get Error 21.

Looked into it and found out it means that it can't find the grub.conf file, how do I fix this error?

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  • bilbi Sep 10, 2008

    Same here, Ubuntu error 21.

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If you don't have windows on the computer, you can try the Ubuntu alternate install disk or reinstalling if you haven't tried that already. Do either of you have more then one hard drive? If so, which drive did you install Ubuntu on?

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