Originally Posted by mickeyboa
I ran Knoppix-5.1 and it shows me sd1/boot part. The grub files are on this partition, vmlinuz, etc.
And a sda2/lvn part. but nothing was installed on this partition.
Did you mean LVM instead of LVN? The default installation of Fedora 8 uses Logical Volume Management (LVM). It installs a small ext3 boot partition and a large LVM physical volume. The ext3 boot partition contains the usual kernels, initial ramdisks, splashscreen, stage files, etc. The LVM PV contains the remainder of the entire system. The separate ext3 boot partition is needed because the files it contains would not be accessible inside the LVM during booting. Likewise, you cannot directly browse the LVM with a LiveCD or perform any actions on it with the usual partition managers. So what you described sounds normal to me.
Even with such a system, you re-install GRUB in the same old way with the GRUB shell or its front-end script, grub-install
, in linux rescue with a Fedora DVD or the Rescue CD, or with a LiveCD or another working Linux system.
P.S.: I think budword meant for you to use the Super Grub Disk to re-install the GRUB boot loader. It has that capability. You can also use it to boot your new system and confirm that it is capable of booting. It has several other useful functions and everyone should possess one.
P.P.S.: I just thought of something. It is
possible to mount an LVM physical volume and then
browse its contents. But I quit using LVM long ago and did not use it long enough to learn how to do things with it. I thought you should know that.