"Grub loading ...Error 18" - HD's not accessible any more. (Kubuntu Karmic/ WinXP)

Alan Dacey Sr. grokit at ajinfosearch.com
Mon Mar 29 16:40:13 UTC 2010

On Monday 29 March 2010 12:04:32 pm Bas Roufs wrote:
> Hello everybody
> A few days ago, something went fundamentally wrong at my desktop PC.  The
> system gut stuck. The only option left was unplugging the PC and restarting
> it. But each following attempt to normally restart the PC already stagnates
> in the very beginning as follows:
> GRUB Loading stage 1.5
> GRUB loading, please wait .....
> Error 18
> Already after 'Error 18',  nothing happens any more. Every restart attempt
> ends up in again 'Error 18'.
> My question is now: what can I do to get access to the 2 hard disks in
> order to:
> * copy the KMAIL address book to the external hard disk;
> * compress all the other data files to ZIP archives at the external hard
> disk;
> .... with a view to repartioning/ reformatting the two HD's and
> fresh-installingboth WinXP and Kubuntu
> So far, I have tried the following. A few times, I ran a live version of
> Kubuntu 9.10 from a USB stick. There, I tried to access the hard disks via
> Dolphin. But I do not manage to do so, so far.
> I am wondering whether there is some simple workaround in order to rescue
> the grub - via a command line?
> Respectfully yours,
> Bas.


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