Questions about using the grub rescue prompt or how to get rid of it.

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Recovering from 'grub rescue>' crash

I did a dumb thing... I forgot that Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid) switched to Grub2 which puts a ton of *.mod files (kernel modules) in /boot/grub. I thought they were soundtrack files put there erroneously ...
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Fixing GRUB error: “error: unknown filesystem”

When booting into Ubuntu, I'm getting the following error with a grub rescue shell following it: Error: unknown filesystem. grub rescue> I'm not exactly sure what I did. I believe I installed ...
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After update, get “error: file not found.” followed by “grub rescue> _”

I just installed quite a lot of 12.10 updates, was prompted to reboot, and then found that I couldn't boot.
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Booting Ubuntu Failure : error: attempt to read or write outside of disk 'hd0'

I have installed ubuntu 12.10 in a WD external harddrive (320GB). This is a complete installation, not live USB. When I plug it in my HP desktop I go to the BIOS settings and boot off the harddrive, ...
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error: file '/grub/i386-pc/normal.mod' not found

error: file '/grub/i386-pc/normal.mod' not found. grub rescue> What can I do? I just sit and stare at it. I found my old netbook (Dell Inspiron 1010) which I have not used for about four years. ...
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Grub rescue problem after installing ubuntu

I have windows 7 installed in my internal hdd and wanted to try out Ubuntu so I got a USB to put Ubuntu LiveUSB on and installed Ubuntu on an external HDD and everything worked out fine. Now the ...
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Error: no such device grub rescue

Summary: I keep getting the error: no such device grub rescue, after installing 12.04 (erasing an old 12.04 installation beforehand, but using the old /home mount, from a different HDD) I have two ...
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Ubuntu doesn't boot due to GRUB-Problems

Users out there, I came here with the spark of a hope, that you could help me. I want to get rid of my old WinXP, because the Game-Support for it seems to slowly expire now... So I took a second ...
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Grub rescue prevents live cd/usb or boot menu

TL;DR: grub rescue comes up and won't let me even load bios, boot menu, or fire up live cd/usb. Laptop is EUFI capable, with Windows 8 on one partition. I have a Lenovo Ideapad which just came in ...
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HELP! Grub Rescue Mode

I have a laptop which is partitioned with Windows 7 and Fedora 18. I tried to delete F18 in Partition Manager in Windows 7 and then when I restarted my computer it would still go to GRUB launcher and ...
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No such partition grub rescue

I'm desperate. I have windows 7 home premium installed on my notebook and I decided to install ubuntu as usual. Nevertheless, I had several problems with the graphic card while installing and I got ...
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Difference between alternate and desktop 64 bit? and how do i find out which one i am using now?

My system has crashed because of deleting a partition that i should not have deleted. Now i want to create a liveusb but i am confused whether i should make the liveusb with the alternate of desktop ...
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How to fix the MBR for Windows 7?

I have installed Ubuntu as dualboot with Windows 7. Now I'm no longer using Ubuntu so i removed the Ubuntu partition and added the unallocated space to my Windows 7 partition. But after I restart my ...
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Grub rescue fails with “Boot Repair” with error “unknown file system” [duplicate]

THE PROBLEM WAS IN FILESYSTEM, THIS IS NOT DUBLICATE TO GRUB RESCUE STANDARD TOPICS. After laptop system crush (which was caused by hard restart), my ubuntu linux is not booting, it is showing now: ...
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Installed ubuntu on external hardrive, tried to boot got grub rescue?

I installed Ubuntu 12.10 onto an external hard drive after I partitioned it and everything went well. Assuming I could boot Ubuntu I rebooted the computer and I went into Windows 7, I wanted to be in ...
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upgrade from ubuntu 12.04 to 12.10 failed, now loads “grub rescue”

I attempted to upgrade from 12.04 to 12.10 last night. Installation seemed to go fine, and this morning I had a message like "restart now to complete installation". So I restart, get an initial ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 (Wubi) not starting - root.disk corrupted

I have Ubuntu 12.04 installed through Wubi on my laptop. For some reason when i click on Ubuntu on start up (when you have to either select windows or Ubuntu) I get the following screen, the grub ...
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How can I boot into Windows from GRUB rescue without a CD drive?

This is my situation: I Installed Ubuntu without a CD (using A USB) Dual boot installation (Windows 7+Ubuntu) I did not like the installation and decided to boot into Windows and delete the Linux ...
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Grub Rescue prompt after 12.10 upgrade

Dual boot HP desktop that had Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04 working fine until yesterday. Upgraded to 12.10 and the grub install gave an error of not being able to write to the boot sector. It looks ...
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Frequent grub rescue error: unknown filesystem

It's really frustrating. Three week's back story: I faced the following error on ubuntu 10.04 LTS Desktop, error : unknown filesystem grub rescue> I tried many solutions online apart from 1 ...
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Fixing Windows 8 after removing ubuntu [duplicate]

I tried installing Ubuntu (successfully) on my Windows 8 machine so i could develop in c and it worked decently for a while. I did this without wubi. However, I later got a virtual machine to run ...
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Insmod error in grub: symbol not found:grub_realidt

I have a dual boot PC with Windows 7 and Ubuntu. I upgraded from 12.04 to 12.10 and then to 13.04 and since then I have not been able to boot because the PC goes into grub rescue with the error "File ...
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grub customizer broken after changing grub backround image option

As you can see from the paste I have a dual boot laptop with win7 and Ubuntu 12.10. The grub broken after messing around with background picture with grub customizer.I didn't proceed to any change ...
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initramfs prompt “mount: can't read etc/fstab” after grub rescue

I had a bootable USB key witk ubuntustudio with two partitions: /dev/sdb1 with Ubuntu and a fat32 /dev/sdb2. Then I realized that Windows only reads partitions if they are the first. So I moved ...
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Accidentally deleted Ubuntu partition, Windows 8 hibernated, cannot access bios to boot from USB. Help?

I made a mistake I completely regret. After I deleted my Ubuntu partition in Windows 8, my battery got too low and I lost power. I plugged in the cord and restarted the machine and was hit with a GRUB ...
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Ubuntu 12.04.1 SW RAID GRUB “out of disk”, but works when I remove one disk

I have installed Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS AMD64 on an old Dell D630 with 2x 1 TB HDDs in a RAID1 array. The second disk is located in the D630's media bay where the CDROM used to sit. This setup works ...
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Can't have overlapping partitions

I have a machine running ubuntu 12.04 and windows 8 on dual boot. I created a ntfs partition to do easy switching but as there were only 4 partition possible, I unknowingly deleted system reserved ...
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How to restore GRUB when Windows 7 MBR lost it? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I repair grub? (How to get Ubuntu back after installing Windows?) My dual boot desktop was running only Windows 7 until it crashed on a windows update. Couldn't ...
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Grub error 17 and 18 - grub rescue - how to boot again?

I've read several similar grub error questions and answers, researched on Google (a lot), but still have not found a solution to my problem. I have an "old" notebook where I've installed Windows XP ...
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Deleted entire harddisk. Now my laptop won't boot anything and stuck at grub rescue!

My laptop is Dell Inspiron N4030. I used to use Ubuntu 12.04 and it was on the entire hard drive. I tried to install windows 7 but my laptop couldn't install it. So, I decided to delete the entire ...
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Dual Boot problems (Win 8.1 and Ubuntu 13.10), Boot-repair didnt work

I have preinstalled Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu that I installed a week ago on my Laptop Lenovo E530. After my first installation of my Ubuntu 13.10 as Dual Boot, I could not to log in to Windows again, ...
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error: file '/grub/i386-pc/normal.mod' not found in ubuntu 13.10

I've installed ubuntu 13.10, but after rebooting I get the message: GRUB loading: Welcome to GRUB! error: file '/grub/i386-pc/normal.mod' not found Entering rescue mode... grub rescue> I have ...
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What should I do if I delete the boot folder

I change the partion of the system with Geparted in the liveusb, ignoring some warning. Then reboot, 'grub>' appears but I can not find the boot or grub folder anymore. Afterward, I reinstall ubuntu ...
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System will not boot without USB thumb drive inserted

I've had this issue before when trying out Linux Mint, but I was unable to get any assistance. I was then lead to believe that it was a problem related to Mint, and not grub. I installed Ubuntu 12.04 ...
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Problems uninstalling Ubuntu, trying to put XP back on [duplicate]

I have an Acer Aspire One ZG5 netbook that came with Windows XP. It was loaned to someone, who then put Ubuntu on it. I know nothing about Ubuntu, so I looked for information on this site for help. It ...
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Error: hd0 cannot get C/H/S values. grub rescue >

The power supply went out on our machine. We replaced the power supply. Now when we boot up, all we get is a blank screen with a blinking cursor. So we hold shift during boot up, and this error is ...
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Windows 7/Ubuntu 12 dual boot deleted for Windows 8 installation. How to make grub rescue go away?

I had a Windows 7/Ubuntu 12 dual boot and I decided to clean install Windows 8 over them. The problem is that after I deleted all partitions and installed windows I was getting an "Operation system ...
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Unknown File System, after delete Ubuntu partition

I deleted the partition which contains the Ubuntu 12.0.4 OS. I have Windows in another partition (dual boot). When I reboot the system, it shows me the following. unknown filesystem. grub rescue> ...
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Unable to boot post upgrade to 12.10 from 12.04 on a dual boot PC

I have a dual boot PC with Windows 7 and Ubuntu. Last night I upgraded from 12.04 to 12.10 and since then I have not been able to boot because the PC goes into grub rescue with the error "File not ...
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“grub rescue>” Can't get past this message in spite of EVERYTHING! There must be a way?

Everybody will understand this problem I think, but somebody will have the solution (I can't find it on here even after searching). It's a straightforward (!) boot up issue (I wish!!!!). I have a ...
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Ubuntu Grub restore (12.04 LTS)

I reinstalled Windows 7, but I lost the grub loader. Is there anyway I can access my Ubuntu partition again?
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How to make grub detect an old OS after formatting `/boot` partition

I had set my PC like this: /boot - 250 MB ext3 / 100 GB ext4, Kubuntu Now I needed to install Ubuntu so I made a new 8 GB partition as / and formatted the previous /boot partition and set that ...
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Wubi dual boot grub rescue issue

I was running a Wubi-installed 13.04 on a optical driveless laptop. I got a trojan on computer so decided to reinstall Win 7 from erecovery (Alt+F10 at startup). Fine. Then when it finished when ...
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Restore Windows [duplicate]

I wanted to remove Ubuntu and get back to Windows. I had both Windows and Ubuntu running on my system. To remove Ubuntu I just deleted the partition and unmounted the live CD and now I am getting this ...
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Grub rescue after installing Ubuntu 13.10 next to window 8

I try installing Ubuntu 13.10 next to windows 8 on my laptop, but I was all the time booting on windows 8...so I execute a boot repair from a live USB... and since then I'm getting a nice black screen ...
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GRUB error with RAID when other HDD's exist

I had this exact issue with Debian. Grub has no issues loading at all as long as all of my HDD's are turned off except for my hardware RAID array. When there's more than just my RAID, it fails to ...
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Unable to boot Ubuntu after updating from Windows 8 to 8.1

I was having Windows 8 and Ubuntu 12.10 (dual-boot) on my laptop. Recently I updated Windows 8 to 8.1. From then on when starting the system I cannot see the grub (directly boots into windows). I ...
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“operating system not found ” after installing ubuntu 13.04 [closed]

I successful installed ubuntu 13.04 on my laptop with USB key. But after I reboot I get this error "operating system not found" I used boot-repair and it gives me this: ...
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grub rescue no file error

I installed Ubuntu 13.04 along side windows 8 it works fine. When I just use Ubuntu only but once I restart and use Windows and then switch off and again switch on something error displays with grub ...
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How to fix an "error: attempt to read or write outside of disk 'hd0' [duplicate]

I am completely new to using Linux of any kind. I tried to instal Ubuntu 13.10 to a western digital ultra 1TB harddrive. I have an HP probook 4530s running Windows 7 64bit OS. After instaling linux to ...