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BOOTMGR missing/Grub error

Discussion in 'Linux and Unix' started by web_guru, Apr 3, 2010.

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  1. web_guru

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    Computer had Linux on, and I wanted a dual boot with Windows. However, when I tried to run an XP installer of USB (laptop with no optical drive), it told me that a dll file was missing. I looked this up online, and apparently it was because there was no existing windows installation.

    So, I used GParted to remove all the existing Linux partitions, and make one big ntfs partition (foolish in hindsight)

    But now, whenever I try and turn it on or boot off a USB, it gives me the error message

    "BOOTMGR is missing.
    Please press Ctrl+Alt+Delete to restart"

    I can get into the BIOS, and have excluded the HDD form the Boot list, but the error still appears....

    I have tried various USB sticks, and OSs on those sticks (including Ubuntu, Puppy and DSL), but that message still appears.

    In desperation, I went into the BIOS settings and reset everything to default values. Now, when I boot, I get a grub error message: "unknown filesystem"; this is likely due to the fact that GParted deleted all the Linux partitions.

    So, I would be immensely grateful if anyone could suggest a way to run any OS on the system, I have no important data that needs to be preserved as it's all backed up.
     
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  3. web_guru

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    That sounds just right, but because the laptop lacks an optical drive, and it refuses to boot xp from usb, I can't follow that tutorial. I think my problem is more to do with not being able to boot from the usb.
     
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