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im sorry i dont really understand, what do i do with the .conf files?? i ran the grub--install /dev/hda and got a grub> prompt, what should i do at this point? sorry about this but i am very new to linux
Originally posted by eddcrossman is lilo and grub the same?? i have grub at the moment, should i reinstall that?? also how do i reinstall lilo or grub??
They are the same in that they are each a boot manager. If you used to have grub installed, then you can use the rescue mode of your install CD to reinstall, or make a fresh install of it. The same goes for Lilo and the rescue mode of your install CD.
Actually, grub.conf is not always the configuration file for grub, sometimes it's just a link to the actual configuration file at /boot/grub/menu.lst. For Lilo, the configuration file is at /etc/lilo.conf.
You can check to see if you have either a lilo.conf or a menu.lst by going to the appropriate directory and typing in:
ls -al menu.lst
ls -al lilo.conf
All that is interesting, but your real goal is to install/reinstall a boot manager to the MBR of your first bootable hard drive. So go ahead and do the rescue mode thing with your install CD.
/edit - My apologies, I got "grub-happy" in this post. There is, of course, no such thing as /boot/grub/grub.lst -- it is /boot/grub/menu.lst (that's "menu.lst", with an ELL not a ONE)