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Old 07-04-2009, 09:29 AM   #1
kyothine
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Debian - What to do with GRUB bootloader?


Alright, so my installation of Debian has appeared to be successful. But when I boot into Debian, it gives me this command-line thing with only a few commands that looks like this:

grub >

Is there a command I have to do to boot into Debian? Am I supposed to install a desktop environment from this? I'm stumped.

If it matters, I used the graphical installation with a Net iso burned onto a USB flash drive with Unetbootin.
 
Old 07-04-2009, 09:51 AM   #2
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This indicates to me that you have entered the world of GRUB bash. You should have got a nice Blue background menu, allowing you to boot into a Debian Linux or Debian Linux single mode.

It could be that this is because of Boot drive orders and XP being on other drives. Not sure as you needed to post more info on the hardware you have and setup, like number of drives, types, BIOS boot sequences.

meanwhile back at the GRUB, it has a thing called TAV completetion... so if you type:
Code:
root (
and then press TAB it should give you a list of drives ( hd0 hd1 hd....etc )

keep pressing tab.

I have just gon through something similar:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...cursor-736663/

good luck.
 
Old 07-04-2009, 09:52 AM   #3
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Mmmm...sounds ike Unetbootin didn't install a menu.lst
Unetbootin has issues, and probably did,nt even installl the kernel.


I would use Netbootcd-3.1.1 to netinstall, lots more reliable dude

I got it for usb here (7mb)
( http://multidistro.com/downloads/pupz/boot.tar.gz )

you just extract that and put it on usb with syslinux installed( already installed right?)
and boot!

it can netinstall all major distro's too
http://netbootcd.tuxfamily.org/
 
Old 07-04-2009, 10:00 AM   #4
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You should first use a livecd to see exactly what unetbootin installed to your hard drive
specifically you should look in /boot/grub and see if there is a menu.lst in there
as it sounds like grub was installed, but no menu.lst

worst case scenario Unetbootin(again) screws up and did,nt install correctly.

at the Grub> prompt
enter
find /boot/grub/stage1
and if it says success try
find /boot/grub/menu.lst
 
  


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