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Old 07-09-2011, 06:15 PM   #1
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Exclamation GRUB is messed & boot problems with BIOS.


Hey.

I have problems with my HP Compaq NX9030.
Yesterday, it was okay, but today when I restarted it, it didn't work!

I had a working dual boot, with Windows XP, and Arch Linux. It loaded those with GRUB.

But today, when I put my computer on, the GRUB was messed, there wasn't anymore choices for Windows XP or Arch Linux. There reads something "GNU Grub 0.97" and something of upper and lower memory things and some text. How can I fix this problem? Can I use some commands?

My computer has CD-Rom -drive but it's broken, so I cannot boot anything from CD. Also, there IS a choice for USB Boot in the BIOS, but I haven't never got it boot from the USB. The bios regonizes the USB Drive, but it doesn't boot from there? You can't choose that do you boot from Hard Drive, or USB Drive, even when USB is connected. My laptop doesn't have floppy drive.

So, how can I fix the computer with some command or something, or how can I install Arch Linux or something else Linux in it back???

I Need help and VERY fast!! It has need to fix!!

Thanks!

-p3ini
 
Old 07-09-2011, 07:38 PM   #2
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It will be hard to help with the information you gave. A good guess would be you have some type of hardware problem. We need to know the error messages you get (not lower memory something).
 
Old 07-12-2011, 02:28 PM   #3
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Okay,

It doesn't give any error messages, but it says:

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GNU GRUB version 0.97 (638K lower / 489344K upper memory)
[ Minimal BASH-like line editing is supported. For the first word, TAB
lists possible command completions. Anywhere else TAB lists the possible
completions of a device/filename. ]
What does this mean? How can I boot to Arch Linux or Windows XP?
I don't know how to use the commands :S

- p3ini
 
Old 07-12-2011, 04:37 PM   #4
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Hey!

Weird, but now I put my computer on, and it boots to Windows XP!
So, it works now!

- p3ini
 
Old 07-12-2011, 04:46 PM   #5
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Hi!
To boot from USB flash drive, you must set a boot flag (you can do that e.g. with GParted).
On some computers you must change boot options until you see the exact name of your flash drive and save (e.g. with function key F10).
If you want info about Grub legacy (v. 0.97):
http://members.iinet.net.au/~herman546/p15.html
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Old 07-12-2011, 04:48 PM   #6
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I presume you have a command prompt and if so run command 'geometry (hd0)' without the quotes and post results. Next run the command 'find /boot/grub/menu.lst' and post this also.
 
Old 07-12-2011, 06:50 PM   #7
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Click me for easy solution reinstalling Grub(ignore that guide is about Ubuntu because it works for other Linux'es aswell).
 
Old 07-12-2011, 07:07 PM   #8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Arcane View Post
Click me for easy solution reinstalling Grub(ignore that guide is about Ubuntu because it works for other Linux'es aswell).
First OP is using Grub 0.97 (legacy) not grub2.

Second OP does not have a working cd/dvd.
 
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Old 07-21-2011, 09:31 AM   #9
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Hey!

Sorry for answering so late, but I made some research and found some help. I booted Ubuntu Linux from usb with grub command line! I used Universal Usb Installer to put Ubuntu Linux on my usb drive.

I typed this in the grub console:

Quote:
rootnoverify (hd1)
chainloader +1
boot
It sets my usb drive as root (hd1) and boots from there, so I can install Ubuntu in my PC!

Thanks for helping me, and sorry for my very bad english

- p3ini
 
  


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