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Ubuntu Grub error 17

After installing Ubuntu on my hard drive (Windows XP) I got the Grub 1.5 Error 17 message, I don’t know how to solve this error, please help me.

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  • mollE Sep 02, 2008

    1. Enter BIOS
    2. Make sure all HD's are detected.

    Write down the current settings so I have them in case you need them later.

    3. In the HD that has Ubuntu installed and set MODE to AUTO (not any of the other options).
    4. If the option is available, set TYPE to USER, don't change any of the figures that were automatically detected.

    If all the above failed -
    Set all drives TYPE to USER and MODE to AUTO (not LBA, large or normal).

    Good luck.

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I've just explained it in another threads..hope it'll help you.. http://www.fixya.com/support/t888401-ubuntu_repair_grub

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Here's a link that may help you http://users.bigpond.net.au/hermanzone/p15.htm#17

Posted on Aug 26, 2008

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