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Old 11-09-2006, 06:25 PM   #1
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Help--what am I doing wrong (if anything?)


I already had a dual-boot system (installed by someone else) and I tried to turn it into a triple-boot, adding Mandriva 2007 to WinXP and Fedora. It... didn't work, and I wasn't able to use anything but Windows afterwards. So, I deleted the non-Windows partitions, and attempted to install Mandriva again. The installer at least finished the job this time, but now, I have another problem. Once the system finished installing and rebooting, I got the grub command line. Because I don't know the kernel address which was given during installation, I can't boot up Mandriva.

So, my questions are...
1) Why am I not getting a menu of choices, as I am supposed to, instead of the grub command line?
2) Can I find out what the kernel address will be during installation, so I can use the grub command line to boot, and then configure the grub.conf file?
3) And if the answer to question 2 is no... what the heck am supposed to do?
 
Old 11-09-2006, 06:42 PM   #2
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Sounds like grub needs to be re-installed ... or there is a problem with accessing the /boot directory.

At the Grub> prompt try typing

boot /boot/<tab>

maybe the tab key might try to auto-complete and display the possible options.
 
Old 11-09-2006, 07:16 PM   #3
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You can tool around in the grub command line, but it can be tedious.
Presumably Mandy has a rescue mode where you can chroot into your disk install. Do that, and if it doesn't have an option to rescue the loader, just try grub-install from a console/terminal.

As to why you have a broken system, blame the Mandy installer. The grub prompt indicates the loader (in the MBR) is unable to find it's stage/conf files. If you can get into your system, the grub-install should fix it.
There are other ways, but try that first.
 
Old 11-09-2006, 08:42 PM   #4
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OK... the problem was that I installed grub on the root partition, rather than in the MBR. So my system apparently works. The only problem now is, I only get the command-line interface. The GUI doesn't work.
 
Old 11-09-2006, 08:56 PM   #5
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Startx ???.
Else you'd be better off starting a new thread in the Mandrake forum.
 
  


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