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My laptop wont boot

Everytime i try to boot it after the compaq logo it goes to a screen that says "GNU GRUB version 0.94" so what do i do to get my laptop to boot.

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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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How do i get to recovery mode for ubuntu?


  1. Switch on your computer.
  2. Wait until the BIOS has finished loading, or has almost finished. (During this time you will probably see a logo of your computer manufacturer.)
  3. Quickly press and hold the Shift key, which will bring up the GNU GRUB menu. (If you see the Ubuntu logo, you've missed the point where you can enter the GRUB menu.)
  4. Select the line which starts with "Advanced options".
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  8. The root partition is mounted read-only. To mount it read/write, enter the command
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  9. If you have /home, /boot, /tmp, or any other mount point on a separate partition, you can mount them with the command
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NOTE 1: If you have Ubuntu Quantal (12.10) or earlier, omit step 4 (the recovery mode menu items are displayed on the top-level menu).
NOTE 2: If you reboot, there is no need to hold the Shift key in step 3. The GNU GRUB menu will continue to be displayed automatically on each boot until a normal startup of Ubuntu completes. To configure GRUB so the menu is always displayed, even after a normal startup, see https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2/Setup.

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Ensure that your computer can boot from the CD/DVD drive. Start your computer and watch the startup screen. It will flash the key combination you need to press to enter BIOS. Enter this key combination and go into the system BIOS. Look under "Boot Options" or "Boot Order". Select "Boot from CD/DVD Drive" and make sure that it is listed as the first in the boot order. Save your changes before you exit the BIOS. Open the CD/DVD drive and insert your Windows XP install DVD. Reboot your system. Press "R" for "Recovery Console" when the "Welcome to Setup" screen appears. Enter the administrator password. At the prompt, type the following command: fixmbr Allow the XP system to recover the boot sector. When finished, it will return you to the command prompt. Type:exit Reboot your XP system. Hope this helps.

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Hi i have a compaq presario laptop and after it stars up the screen just goes blank


Hi there,
do you still see the compaq logo and does it show you the windows boot up screen before it goes blank?
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do you see anything on the screen at all after pressing the power button?
Check if the laptop is receiving power. If it has power and you can't see anything on the screen it could mean that the LCD assembly or the Video card of your laptop is bad.
If it goes to the compaq screen and then to windows logo before going out, try booting into safe mode and once there uninstall the video driver from the device manager because that means the resolution was set to something higher than the display could handle.
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If you want to try reinstalling grub, boot from the live CD, log in as root, open a Konsole window, and at the prompt, ([root@localhost ~]#) type;

[root@localhost ~]# grub <Enter>

GNU GRUB version 0.97 (640K lower / 3072K upper memory) <-- This is the output from grub after <Enter>

[ Minimal BASH-like line editing is supported. For the first word, TAB
lists possible command completions. Anywhere else TAB lists the possible
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grub> <-- The grub prompt.

From the grub prompt type;

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(hd0,0)
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Checking if "/boot/grub/stage2" exists... yes
Checking if "/boot/grub/e2fs_stage1_5" exists... yes
Running "embed /boot/grub/e2fs_stage1_5 (hd0)"... 15 sectors are embedded.
succeeded
Running "install /boot/grub/stage1 (hd0) (hd0)1+15 p (hd0,5)/boot/grub/stage2 /boot/grub/menu.lst"... succeeded
Done.

grub> quit <Enter>

Your done; grub is reinstalled


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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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