"Successful install" results in "Boot device not found"
Ok, so I install FC2 yesterday and although it took me a while to get the IDE devices fixed up right(doesn't pertain to the problem, i don't think), I finally got it "installed successfully". So then I reboot to start linux for the first time and I get(after a long wait to get the IDE devices detected) a
I've still got it up and "running", so if there is anything you need me to do to get extra info, or whatever, just tell me. Any ideas on the problem anyone? Thanks for all the help in advance!
The message is just one of the many manifestations of a Grub problem.
Since you have a Knoppix disk, why not fix the problem using it? This type of grub problem is a really good reason to own a Knoppix disk (see http://www.knopper.net/knoppix/index-en.html ), because it can function as a high powered Linux Rescue disk. Here is how to proceed:
First, look at the Grub Manual ( http://www.gnu.org/software/grub/manual/grub.html ). It will be referenced below.
Boot using the Knoppix disk, open the KNOPPIX “Root Shell” and type:
which will (eventually) respond with the grub prompt:
Run the Grub commands “find ...”, “root ...” and “setup ...” as are described in the grub manual section entitled “Installing GRUB natively”. If you have a separate /boot partition, use “find /grub/stage1". Otherwise, use “find /boot/grub/stage1". If you get confused, just try both “find..” searches, since only one will give the correct location. There is also a section entitled “Installing GRUB using grub-install”, but the “native” installation gives you a lot more diagnostic information.
Assuming success, you should be able to exit Knoppix and boot into FC2.
But while you have Knoppix running, why not make a Grub Boot Floppy for future use (or a bootable USB flash drive). See the grub manual section entitled “Creating a GRUB boot floppy”. Using Knoppix 3.8.2, grub stage1 and stage2 can be found in /KNOPPIX/lib/grub/i386-pc/. You can boot using the floppy and quickly fix grub problems using the “find ...”, “root ...” and “setup ...” commands without booting into a Linux Rescue mode.
WhatsHisName, this is an awesome guide to using knoppix to work with grub. Have you thought of posting it to the wiki? would you mind if I put it into the wiki, if you don't have the time?
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