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From: Håkon Løvdal
Subject: Re: GNU GRUB
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2004 02:47:51 +0100
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> Hello,
> i bougth an Acer Travelmate Laptop, whereon Linux and WindowsXP was
> installed.
> Bevause i want to have only my own version of windows, i made an
> Fdisk and a Format on the Hard disc.
> Everything worked rigth. But at the first start on the empty disk (!)
> came the Boot manager (?) with the following message:
> GNU GRUB version 0.95
> ......
> [Minimal BASH-like line editing is supported......]
> I only want to DELET all this entrys, to have an empty Hard disk.
> Everything else will work fine.
> So my question: how can i delet this entry ?
> Thanks a lot for your answer.

Hi. Grub is a linux boot loader. The boot loader is located in the
MBR and is thus outside the content of any partitions.

To delete the boot loader I suggest to try one of the following

Running "fixmbr" from a recovery console with windows xp (I have not
any experience with this myself, but searching google for "remove grub"
seems to suggest this as a common method).

The dos fdisk program has an undocumented option "/mbr" which
will write a new (dos/windows) boot loader. Not sure if this is
still supported in all win variants (95, 98, 2k, xp), but just try
"fdisk /mbr" and see.

The following command will completly wipe out any boot loaders.
It will not insert a new valid boot loader, but at leat it will
remove Grub :)
Boot with a linux boot disk or CD and run the following command:
"dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda bs=446 count=1"
Very important, write command exactly as stated above.
Note that "/dev/hda" assumes that the disk is primary master.

BR Håkon Løvdal

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