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Error:file/grub2/locale/ --- HELP! New to Fedora/Linux

asked 2013-06-30 17:49:16 -0500

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Hi, I have been using Windows all my life, and have gotten sick of how often it crashes and forces a reboot, along with a lot of other 'restrictions' that windows has on it. I tried Fedora 18 and liked it, then decided to install on my computer. From what I read you can install Fedora along side your existing Windows OS, yet when I went to install Fedora it showed I only had a few MB of free space on my hard drive, when Windows was showing I still have 300 GB free on my 1TB drive. It stated that the drive space was 'partitioned'? Obviously I should have read up more before installing, but I cleared the partitions and installed, now Fedora boots up and just ends up with a black screen and a mouse icon, nothing else. As soon as it boots it shows - error:file/grub2/locale/ I am not computer savvy enough yet to know what that is, where to find the problem, how to go about fixing. Also, now my windows 7 will not boot either, and states that I need to 'repair', which I tried using the original Windows 7 CD, yet Windows states it cannot repair either. PLEASE HELP! I would like all the files on my hard drive, if that is at all possible at this point. I was too stupid to back up anything, so if my files are gone, I'm not extremely worried, but I just mainly want to be able to run fedora, or at least get Windows back, even if my hard drive files are doomed.


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Has it booted even once? The first time, firstboot takes a few seconds to come up. This utility lets you create a user etc. If you can wait, Fedora 19 comes out tomorrow. It will have newer packages and less bugs so I strongly recommend you install 19 instead of 18 now.

FranciscoD_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2013-07-01 07:22:01 -0500 )edit

Can you tell if your computer uses BIOS or EFI? That makes a difference in the boot configuration and how to get into Windows. I encountered several glitches installing Fedora 19 on my notebook that have to do with EFI, and the misplaced locale file was one of them -- harmless and easy enough to fix, but kind of scary if you don't know what it means.

mitchenerg gravatar imagemitchenerg ( 2013-08-18 15:01:14 -0500 )edit

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answered 2013-07-01 01:43:14 -0500

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Firstly, if you cleared the partitions from your hard drive during the Fedora install, then it seems that your hard drive has been formatted and all your old files, including the Windows OS, have been lost.

Secondly, I receive that same error message on startup. I am running Fedora 18 (32 bit). Then about 30-60 seconds after the black screen with mouse pointer comes up, Fedora starts. How long have you left the black screen and mouse pointer for before powering off?

When the computer is running, I haven't yet received any issues as a result of "- error:file/grub2/locale/"

If you want to reinstall Windows, put the CD in and boot from it and follow install instructions to get rid of Fedora if it's not working for you.

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