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Old 06-23-2013, 07:46 AM   #1
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Grub loading errors


Good afternoon, your help is needed desperately as Iíve found myself in a situation that has totally confused me. I have been running LMDE Cinnamon and I found myself in a situation while logged in as a user not administrator. I set up a Debian 7 xfce VM to use for tutorials about the terminal; it seemed sensible as Iím a novice with Linux. I however needed to get rid of the VM because it was no longer connecting to the internet, even though it had in the past and the internet was available. I started to run into problems deleting the VM. I received error messages that the VM was a read only file and could not be deleted. Of course it also couldnít be overwritten either. I couldnít delete the folders even as a root user. I also received the error could not update ICEauthority file/home/andyinmokum/.iceauthority, (andyinmokum being my user name) when trying to return to root user. Not knowing what the problem was or, the question to ask I decided to reinstall and as Iím well backed up it should have been no problem. I exited Mint and booted up Slack Puppy 5.5 from a thumb drive because it is convenient and Iíve used Gparted on it before with no problems. I formated the hard disk and made new partitions /boot (512MiB, / 15GB, /swap, /home 209.***GB, ext4 where required. I closed Gparted and Slack Puppy and rebooted with the LMDE 32bit live DVD in the hole. Instead of booting into Mint as expected, I got :

GRUB loading
Welcome to GRUB!

error: file not found.
Entering rescue mode...
grub rescue>

This was repeated when I tried to boot using a Gparted live CD. I reloaded Slack Puppy and completely nuked the hard drive and left it with no partition and unformatted. The result was the same. To be quite honest its got me beat. Any help would be much appreciated.
 
Old 06-23-2013, 08:22 AM   #2
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Hi there,

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[...] I formated the hard disk and made new partitions /boot (512MiB, / 15GB, /swap, /home 209.***GB, ext4 where required. I closed Gparted and Slack Puppy and rebooted with the LMDE 32bit live DVD in the hole. Instead of booting into Mint as expected, I got:

GRUB loading
Welcome to GRUB!
sometimes the simplest explanation is the most likely one: That looks like your PC doesn't try to boot from the CD/DVD (though present), but instead from the HDD - and fails, of course, because after repartitioning, there's little more than the MBR and the bare core of GRUB left.

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This was repeated when I tried to boot using a Gparted live CD. I reloaded Slack Puppy and completely nuked the hard drive and left it with no partition and unformatted. The result was the same.
Check your BIOS settings if the CD/DVD drive is included in the boot sequence at all. It looks like it's not. If it is, it looks like the CD/DVD drive isn't working properly any more. The latter thought can be ruled out if you can access a CD/DVD after booting from a USB thumb drive again.

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Old 06-23-2013, 08:39 AM   #3
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Hi there,



sometimes the simplest explanation is the most likely one: That looks like your PC doesn't try to boot from the CD/DVD (though present), but instead from the HDD - and fails, of course, because after repartitioning, there's little more than the MBR and the bare core of GRUB left.





Check your BIOS settings if the CD/DVD drive is included in the boot sequence at all. It looks like it's not. If it is, it looks like the CD/DVD drive isn't working properly any more. The latter thought can be ruled out if you can access a CD/DVD after booting from a USB thumb drive again.

[X] Doc CPU
Hi Doc CPU, Ah ha! I've just went out for a walk and was going over what I've been doing. I've been trying to get openSUSE to boot from a USB external hard drive as part of dual boot system with LMDE as the primary OS. (After many attempts of trying to get the Grub bootloader to go to MBR of the external HD and far too many reinstalls I had to admit defeat and throw in the towel. openSUSE is just another way of saying damn awkward!) I said to myself, "you've been messing around with the BIOS boot order, I bet that is the problem". Low and behold eureka! I was in the process of telling you guys the problem was solved when I saw your post. Many thanks anyway, said with head held down in shame!

Just a note for any other newbies. Slacko Puppy Linux 5.5 is a very useful tool to have on a USB thumb drive as it boots straight off the RAM of any computer. Well worth having.

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