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Old 11-02-2010, 07:41 PM   #16
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Ok, try this. Boot up your Live CD, and get the grub prompt that you had before.
Then type:
Code:
root (hd0,2)
setup (hd0)
In principle this will put grub in the MBR, pointing to /dev/hda3. If you're lucky, you may then be able to boot in the normal way, ie without the Live CD.
If not, again boot the live CD, get your grub prompt, and type:
Code:
root (hd0,2)
setup (hd0,2)
chainloader +1
the rationale is that putting Grub into the superblock, which is what is supposed to happen with setup (hd0,2) may just clean up the superblock.
If that doesn't work, I'm fresh out of ideas for now, apart from subversive ones like "try installing a different distribution". Gentoo can be hard to install, and it's not worth passing your life at this.
 
Old 11-03-2010, 10:09 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by impert View Post
Ok, try this. Boot up your Live CD, and get the grub prompt that you had before.
Then type:
Code:
root (hd0,2)
setup (hd0)
In principle this will put grub in the MBR, pointing to /dev/hda3. If you're lucky, you may then be able to boot in the normal way, ie without the Live CD.
If not, again boot the live CD, get your grub prompt, and type:
Code:
root (hd0,2)
setup (hd0,2)
chainloader +1
the rationale is that putting Grub into the superblock, which is what is supposed to happen with setup (hd0,2) may just clean up the superblock.
If that doesn't work, I'm fresh out of ideas for now, apart from subversive ones like "try installing a different distribution". Gentoo can be hard to install, and it's not worth passing your life at this.
Sadly neither of those worked.

I even purchased a brand new HDD and installed gentoo on that and I still have the same error. (Ruling out a HDD problem).

I have installed gentoo linux at least a dozen times before (on different computers). I have no idea why this is messing up now. :-/

HOWEVER,

This time I get the error but It now logs me in to a bash shell named (none). hm...

It loads the root filesystem (As read only) but it doesn't load the /boot for some reason. At least I am getting closer.

When trying to mount the /boot partition it says "special device /dev/hda2 does not exist"

However clearly that is my /boot partition and it does exist.

It also doesn't show up in the /dev folder like it should.

"fdisk -l" doesn't show anything.

/proc also doesn't show up in the /dev folder like it should.

---------------------------------------------------------

Looking in the /dev folder on the HDD mounted from the LiveCD, /dev shows all the required files. hm....

Last edited by David2010; 11-03-2010 at 10:42 PM.
 
Old 11-04-2010, 09:30 AM   #18
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Well, I'm as puzzled as you.
Perhaps you've run into a hardware compatibility problem - you may need to put a boot option in the kernel line. There's a list here
Might be worth googling the make and model of laptop together with "kernel boot option" or some such. Someone else may have trodden this path already..
Edit:Or perhaps your BIOS needs tweaking

Last edited by impert; 11-05-2010 at 06:50 PM.
 
  


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