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I tried to load Ubuntu 12.04 onto an old machine from a CD and the installation went fine, but I got the boot error: no such device: grub rescue.

I looked into the issue with a CD live boot (unsure of the terminology, but I selected the option to try Ubuntu Desktop) and found this forum post suggesting a Boot Repair program. I installed it from the terminal. I ran the program, it said it was fixed, and I tried to start it up no no avail. It gave me an Ubuntu Pastebin and to ask if I had any troubles.

What should I try now to fix this?

I am not very educated in programming or Linux type operating systems yet. But I would appreciate any help and will try to give as much information as necessary.

So far the only way my access desktop is using the installation disk.

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May I ask what was the previous operating system installed on the computer? how did you exactly installed (by partitioning or similar)?... etc – AzkerM Feb 11 '14 at 6:31
The previous operating system was Windows XP Home Service Pack 3. The way I installed was by burning a CD and booting the system through the boot menu with the CD-ROM drive. I told the installer to remove Windows XP and to install only Ubuntu 12.04. – DarkAngle Feb 11 '14 at 23:49
have you tried… ? – whale_steward Feb 12 '14 at 2:56

Reinstall GRUB using the live CD.

Steps are available here: Boot error > no such device: grub rescue

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It said that it finished the installation, but upon restart I encountered the same error. – DarkAngle Feb 11 '14 at 23:46

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