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Dale she has duel operating systems on it and it wont even boot up to the menu to chose which one. it just comes up in left top corner with grub loading stage 1.5 next line grub loading please wait next line error 17

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Re: dale

U can try to reinstall grub loader, with a linux cd .... (there is the danger of losing all u're data) To avoid that u can try booting with a linux "Live CD" version, to try and save u're work , and also try to diagnostic the drive ....

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Hi! My asus notebook wont start up. i got a blinking cursor on the top left corner. none of the function keys seem to work either. I even tried ctr. alt del. but nothing happens. it worked fine...

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Its GRand Unified Bootloader used in Linux OS.
Normally you get this error when GRUB is not able recognise the partition from which you are trying to boot the system. Make sure the boot partition on your system is recognisable by GRUB (such as EXT3).

You can try to restore the GRUB using the LIVE CD
  1. Boot From Live CD
  2. Open Terminal Window
  3. type >sudo grub
  4. then type : find /boot/grub/stage1
  5. you'll get something like: (hd0, 1)
  6. then type : >root (hd0, 1)
  7. type: > setup (hd0)
  8. >quit
  9. >exit
Remove the Live CD and reboot the system.

Please let me know if you need any further assistance.

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How long does the screen display that quote? Sometimes Linux will lock up completely at boot, but usually it will give a message such as "kernal panic" if it does; in your case, if the GRUB boot-loader is failing to find a kernal to boot, you may not have a valid boot-loader configuration file or installed operating system. Or, you may just need patience.
I suggest you try booting from a Live distro disc, such as Ubuntu (DVD), SuSE (DVD), or Damn Small Linux (this is probably the fastest, at only 50 MB) or DSL's Not Damn Small Linux (CD) which still has pretty minimal hardware requirements but includes more tools. Even DSL should let you view the files on your laptop's hard-disk drive and edit configuration files if there are issues.

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