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Old 01-04-2004, 01:07 PM   #1
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Created new FAT32 partition, REBOOT..& GRUB console haunting me..what 2 do?

cheers mate..

i'm new 2 linux (sigh)...i'm using dual booting system..RH9 and WinXP Pro..i'm currently using WinXP..i created a new FAT32 partition using Part Magic 8....the process going fine a while in windows..after reboot...with a blank screen ...a "GRUB>" word keep haunting me..i've got no idea what 2 do...i can't boot in2 my system anymore...what should i do? i need to FIXMBR , DELETE my linux partition and then re-install RH9 ???? any suggestions...plz reply this ok..thanx anyway 4 reading this post..

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Old 01-04-2004, 01:17 PM   #2
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Do you have a Linux Boot Disk (Either a rescue disk or the CD 1 of your Installation) ? You should use that one to find your Linux partition and boot to it. Then just resintall your bootloader and everything will be fine
Old 01-04-2004, 01:19 PM   #3
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how it is done???..i've got both..CD1 and rescue disk...can u teach me how to do it??? plzzz
Old 01-04-2004, 06:17 PM   #4
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Are you sure you didn't overwrite your linux partition?
And did PM finish it's work, or did it say it was going to reboot before completing?
In the latter case, don't boot to linux, your partition table may be inconsistent with disk data. Instead, at grub prompt, type:
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1
This should boot you into PM to complete partition movement.
Good luck
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Did you create a primary or logical partition? Since you added a partition grub is lost.

Use the 1st CD and boot to recovery mode. This will mount your / to /mnt/sysimage.
To list partitons:
fdisk -l /dev/hda (that is a small L and replace hda with your HDD device)

chroot to your / partition
chroot /mnt/sysimage

Edit the grub.conf file. Its probably in /etc. If not then its in /boot.

Change hd0,x to where root to the new partition number based on the previous results. hd0,0 is hda1. 1 is the next partition etc.
Old 01-04-2004, 07:02 PM   #6
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I disagree: grub is not lilo: stage1 resides in mbr and searches for stage1.5-2 at boot time, and in fact mumia gets the grub prompt, but (strangely) it can't get menu.lst or grub.conf.
To find his/her linux partition *he can simply type "find /vmlinuz" at grub prompt.
However that's not the main point: it PM. I once used it, it has the habit to change partition table, then reboot into itself withoun OS to change the actual filesystems accordingly. That is IF PM HAS NOT FINISHED ITS JOB, ANY WRITE ACCESS TO THE DISK COULD RESULT IN HEAVY DATA LOSS.
Please follow my previous post before anything else, it's at worst unharmful.


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