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uninstalling linux problem with boot menu (solved)

Postby travnik on Fri Sep 18, 2009 7:25 pm

Hi
I am pretty new to linux so please forgive me if I am asking stupid questions.

I installed Linux Mint 7 inside Windows Vista (i thought that might be a bit easier than partitioning manually)
and then I forgot my password!!!
And so, I could not log in.
hahahahaha
Then I tried uninstalling Mint from Windows. And it worked fine, exept for when I restart my computer
I still have the menu that tells me to choose between linux and windows.
I would really like to get rid of it.

I tried booting from live CD and then using this command:
gksu gedit /boot/grub/menu.lst
but the file that opens is empty (which I guess is to be expected)

I really like linux, and I'll install it again as soon as I can resolve this issue.

Thank you.
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Re: uninstalling linux problem with boot menu

Postby Fred on Fri Sep 18, 2009 9:22 pm

travnik,

I don't know much about running Linux inside of Windows, except it doesn't strike me as a reasonable proposition.

You should, however, be able to just reinstall Mint back over your broken install and everything should be back working again.

If you want to set the MBR back so Windows controls it again, download and burn the latest stable version of SuperGrub live cd iso. You can use it to boot into Windows or to fix the MBR for Windows only.

http://prdownload.berlios.de/supergrub/ ... 0.9798.iso

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Re: uninstalling linux problem with boot menu

Postby travnik on Sat Sep 19, 2009 7:19 am

Thank you
I'll try that.
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Re: uninstalling linux problem with boot menu

Postby travnik on Sat Sep 19, 2009 7:46 am

I downloaded Super Grub and tried to fix the MBR for Windows, but it did not work.
It gave me "error 6" corrupt stage1/stage2

Can I fix this problem if I reinstall Mint properly and then edit the menu.lst from there?
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Re: uninstalling linux problem with boot menu

Postby atlef on Sat Sep 19, 2009 7:52 am

If you have your Vista DVD, you can boot that as well to fix this.
Take a look at this article at Microsoft.

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Re: uninstalling linux problem with boot menu

Postby Pierre on Sat Sep 19, 2009 7:55 am

if you boot a windows cd & run the repair option, until you get a dos prompt,
then type " fixmbr " & hit enter. - that will overwrite GRUB & get rid of that boot option.
Then re-install Mint7 if you want to.
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