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Old 11-03-2011, 02:49 PM   #1
jim.thornton
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Linux won't boot.


I've justed installed Mandriva 2011 over Windows 7. I re-partitioned everything using the partition manager within the Mandriva installation but it is all messed up.

Here's how it was:
10GB: Acer recovery partition
233GB: Windows 7 partition
remainder: DATA

Here's how I setup the partitions:
10GB: Acer recovery partition
227GB: EXT4 - Mandriva (re-formatted)
6GB: Linux SWAP
Remainder: DATA (unchanged)

Basically, I emptied the Windows partition and then resized it to the 227/6GB. I then assigned the EXT4/SWAP filesystems respectively. I then continuted with the install.

Now when I reboot, after the install, I get the Windows 7 boot manager popping up saying that Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem...

Then the only option is ENTER to continue. Then the only option that shows is Windows 7, which obviously fails to start.

Any ideas how I can get Mandriva booted?
 
Old 11-03-2011, 02:57 PM   #2
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You might want to try wiping the drive completely. Try using something like dban to wipe and then reinstall.

Hope this helps, post back.
 
Old 11-03-2011, 03:01 PM   #3
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I need to keep DATA intact and the ACER Recovery partition intact.
 
Old 11-03-2011, 03:42 PM   #4
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Where did you install GRUB ?
Can you post the outcome of the fdisk -l (L lower case ) and the contains of menu.cfg
 
Old 11-03-2011, 03:54 PM   #5
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Yup, I will have to do it in a bit though. I thought that maybe there was something corrupt with the installation so I decided to try and reinstall. I was able to get into Mandriva by booting the LiveCD and then just clicked on LiveInstall.

Where will I find menu.cfg?
 
Old 11-03-2011, 04:28 PM   #6
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Cd /boot/grub/ there is where you find menu.cfg in case mandriva is still using Grub 1 it is called menu.lst
 
  


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