Grub 1.5 Error 17

Karl Klinger karlok at
Sat Jan 10 17:35:54 UTC 2009

Ash wrote:
> Hi all,
> I dared to adjust the partion space on my notebook today.
> Upon reboot,, I am getting the message "Grub 1.5 loading.... please wait 
> " followed by Error 17.
The problem is that the master boot record on your hard disk no longer 
points to the partition containing grub and the kernel.

To fix it, boot with install cd and choose the option to rescue a broken 
system (i'm not familiar with the live cd, but I would think it must 
have such an option).  Then enter the following commands:

root (hd0,nn)
setup (hd0)

where hd0 is the first hard disk (I assume there is only one on your 
laptop), and nn is the zero-based partition number of the partition 
containing the grub files and the kernel.  For example, if the boot 
files are on sda3, nn would be 2.

You should now be able to boot and get the grub menu, and if the uuid's 
of your partitions haven't changed, you should be set to go.


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