November 27, 2005
It Never Rains
On top of a non functioning Mac I've now managed to bugger my work laptop.
I had it dual booted with Windows XP and Ubuntu but hadn't set my disk partitions properly. I wanted to move some space from the Ubuntu partition back to Windows but for one reason or another ended up deleting my whole ext3 partition. Which is fine because everything on it was backed up.
What it has done is confused my Grub configuration file. Whenever I start the machine I get grub error 22. So my question is this, oh great lazy web, how do I boot into Windows with a broken Grub installation sitting in my master boot record?
Oh, and it's a work machine so I don't have the windows Administrator password to run the XP recovery disk.
Update Following Ludo's advice in the comments - and from other parts of the intarweb - I got a Windows boot disk from Free Pc Tech Support, booted from it and fixed the master boot record (with fdisk /mbr). I can now boot into Windows XP and I'll reinstall Ubuntu after a suitable amount of sober reflection.
Posted by Andy Todd at November 27, 2005 07:42 PM