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Old 01-15-2008, 04:37 PM   #1
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Restoring GRUB boot loader

Hello everybody!!

I have tried to repair my GRUB installation using a live cd (Windows has eaten it!!) but I could not make it works. I needed to install Windows in my box and as everybody knows Windows replaces any existent loader by its own. To resolve this I decided to boot with my live cd and get used of the chroot command (chroot /dev/hda - that's my Red Hat partition) and finally run grub-install /dev/hda to install GRUB in the MBR again. These steps didn't work because there were not any device file in the /dev filesystem.

Is there any other way of getting GRUB recovered? Why there isn't any device under /dev after running chroot?

Thanks a lot!!

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Old 01-15-2008, 05:15 PM   #2
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/dev/hda is the hard disk only; you need to add the partition number, such as /dev/hda2 (or whatever the partitiion is for you Linux partition).
Old 01-15-2008, 05:18 PM   #3
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when you boot that live cd again try

root (hdx,y)
setup (hd0)
read my signature on what numbers to use for x and y....but if / is on hda1 they are 0,0

when grub is issued...and your live cd has no grub error will be command not found
at end of should see a message about embedding grub and the word succeeded.


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