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Old 01-10-2010, 06:10 PM   #1
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Question Computer won't boot live-cd, bios is boot from disc, accidentally emptied partitions.


I am at least hoping those terms were used correctly (in the subject). On my computer (I don't know which it is specifically), I formerly had Mandriva. I was not content with it and wanted to switch to a different distribution, so I tried removing Mandriva by selecting empty all on the partitioning menu, oops! I tried to fix it by just installing a different distribution from a live-cd, but I couldn't get it to boot. I went to the setup options on the computer itself, and checked to make sure its trying to boot from the disc drive, but it was as it should be.
When I turn it on, it says:
GRUB Loading stage 1.5.

GRUB loading, please wait...
Error 22

Any ideas, solutions, or advice? Please and thank you!
 
Old 01-10-2010, 06:21 PM   #2
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Hi pleasefloss,

Just a suggestion, how about going back and re-installing the mandriva you had installed perviously, than just try another live-cd linux distribution once you have stable system.

Just a thought
 
Old 01-10-2010, 06:38 PM   #3
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ah
seems your bios isnt set to boot from cd if your still seeing a grub message when trying to boot a livecd

so, is your bios set to boot from cdrom 1st?
 
Old 01-10-2010, 07:13 PM   #4
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1jnike: Thanks, I haven't thought of trying that yet!

linus: Yes, the bios is set to boot the cdrom first.
 
Old 01-10-2010, 07:25 PM   #5
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I tried using the original Mandriva live-cd, and no change.

I also double checked that it would start with the cd-rom, and its still set correctly.
 
Old 01-10-2010, 09:31 PM   #6
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Go here and download and run the script (instructions in comments in the script). Post the RESULTS.txt here.
This will allow us to see what grub is trying to do.
 
Old 01-10-2010, 10:04 PM   #7
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syg00: I downloaded it, but the computer I am talking about isn't the one I currently am using, I can't get the one I'm talking about to boot up. If you are talking about that one, then I don't know how to run the script. I couldn't find any instructions in it, but I am very new to this and very-vaguely know what you are talking about.

Please explain?
 
Old 01-11-2010, 12:15 AM   #8
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D'oh - my bad, sorry.
I have a laptop that ignores the BIOS boot order like that - needs the "C" key held down whilst the power button is hit to boot from CD. Check the boot splash screen - on Dells it tells you to hit F12 to get a boot device menu - others I've seen use F2. Hopefully you'll have an option like that.
 
Old 01-12-2010, 04:30 PM   #9
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Well, I meant that I don't know what to do with what you sent me. I took the file you linked and mounted it to a disc, and tried to boot it on the bad computer (made sure it booted from the right place), but even that would make it pop up with the same thing (the thing I posted at the start of the thread).
 
Old 01-12-2010, 07:47 PM   #10
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That file is a shell script (like a Windows/MS-DOS bat file) - to use it you need to get a liveCD booted on the machine somehow, and then run the script. So for now it's of no use to you, but here's comments from the script itself on how to run it
Quote:
#to use this script:
#
# sudo bash boot_info_script048.sh
#or
# su -
# bash boot_info_script_048.sh
 
Old 01-12-2010, 10:02 PM   #11
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I don't think you have a Linux Problem.. I think you have a Hardware Problem.
Will the machine boot from any cd?? Windows for example?
Will it boot to Floppy? Do you have a copy of Basic Linux 3, or BluFlops?
I hate to answer a question w/ a question but... I gotta know!
RP
 
Old 01-14-2010, 06:39 PM   #12
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I have tried around 3 live cds, and no results. I don't have the Windows disc to try it though. It has a floppy drive, but all of my other computers do not, I will check and see if anyone else I know does to make a bootable floppy. I don't have a copy of either :| Any way I can make a bootable usb drive?
 
Old 01-14-2010, 08:20 PM   #13
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Any way I can make a bootable usb drive?
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/
 
  


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