How do you Fix MBR on a Netbook?

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April 24, 2010 at 17:26:47
Specs: Windows XP
Okay, this is a multi-faceted problem. I have a netbook, a 2go PC (don't make fun of it, it was a prize.) It came preinstalled with XP Pro, but I set it up to dual-boot Ubuntu. Well, I borked Ubuntu, so I decided to bring it back to Win-only.

So here's what I did. I made two bootable flash drives, one with the Windows disc, using WinToFlash, and the other with the Gparted LiveCD. I booted to the Gparted drive first (sheerly out of impatience) and removed the Linux partitions and expanded the Windows partiton. Well, the operation failed. In retrospect, I don't think I shut down Windows properly the last time I used it, so maybe Gparted wasn't able to resize. But it showed it as the full size, so I just ignored it.

Next I booted to the Windows install drive, to a recovery console, and ran fixboot and fixmbr. Reboot, and it still loads GRUB and fails.

If I boot to the Windows flash drive and tell it to continue, it will actually boot into Windows, but the drive only shows as 15GB (the old size, not the full 60)

So I reboot into Gparted and it still shows the ntfs partition as 60GB.

So what do I do? I need to (1) make the system bootable again and (2) fix the partition size.


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April 25, 2010 at 01:05:19
1) boot the System with a dos bootable CD like win 98 or
something which can support fdisk command.

Once the system is booted with the CD, Run below

fdisk /MBR

this will remove the grub entry from MBR and so make your
system bootable..
Once the boot problem is fixed you can use a thrid party
aplication to resize the partition size.

Subhash Chandra.

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April 25, 2010 at 07:06:52
Okay, running fdisk /mbr from a Win98 startup disk is the same as running fixmbr from an xp recovery console, which I've already done. Four times now. And I know I've used fixmbr in the past to kick grub out, because I've been a Win/Linux flip-flopper for ten years.

Also, I have no idea why this post says hp Windows SBS 2008...

And I've fixed the partition size problem. By resizing to 55GB in Gparted, then back to 60GB, Windows shows the correct size now. And I was optimistic that fixmbr would work after that as well, but it did not.

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April 25, 2010 at 07:41:01
probably should have done the fix mbr, before "adjusting the partitions". didn't really have to delete or resize partitions. You could have just changed the type & formatted to something window could use, without changing the sizes.
At this point if the had a cd, I would run kill disk and blow away everything (fix mbr doesn't always work). did this thing have a restore partition?


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April 25, 2010 at 08:11:51
I'd love to just blow it away and start over, but no, no restore partition, no restore disc. And it's got this custom resolution app that lets you do stuff, and the app for the built-in webcam. I have an XP disc on a flash drive now, so it's feasible, but I'm worried about those two things.

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April 25, 2010 at 09:15:43

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April 25, 2010 at 09:18:35
Your big mistake was installing grub in the 1st place. All you had to do was install Ubuntu from within Windows using Wubi:

How to uninstall GRUB

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May 18, 2010 at 16:28:27
in your c drive there should still be an ubuntu folder, in that folder you should find other folders, i.e. disk, install, and winboot, try deleting the winboot folder, and doing the fix mbr again... it may work but i cant promise it..i had the same folder fdisk /mbr is crap, said it worked and really didnt...

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