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visaris, the information you gave me seems to be useful, but I don't know what devfs or chroot is :-/
Also, the link you gave me is for a 600+ MB iso file, but I'm reading that there's a smaller (about 50MB) Gentoo LiveCD for Rescue, would it serve the same purpose? I don't want to wait 2 hours or get lost in other software that comes with the whole distribution...
Last edited by thesalmon83; 03-26-2005 at 06:27 PM.
You don't need to know what chroot is at this point, just copy visaris's commands verbatim. If you do want to find out what chroot does then see the manpage, but basically it just changes the '/' directory to somewhere arbitrary, in this case your already installed linux system.
And yes the minimal live cd should work, although I cannot guarantee it has grub on it (but I am sure it does...).
If you still have fedora install disks you can use disk 1 to boot your system and reinstall grub from there...
I'm a retard, there are a few changes I need to make to my directions. It doesn't matter if your distro uses devfs. All that matters is that gentoo does. Because you are booting off the gentoo cd, follow those directions _with_ the devfs parts.
chroot is a really neat command. What it does is pretend like your current linux environment no longer exists, and creates a new "sub-environment". The reason I tell you to use this is because you will boot up off the cd, and then once all your partitions are mounted right, you will "chroot" to your harddrive partition. This will create a new sub-environment that thinks it is running off of the harddrive instead of off the cd you just booted with. Once that has been done, any commands you type will be "running off" your harddrive. That way when you type "grub" and set up your boot loader again, it will be using all the same versions and executable files, etc that are included with your distro.
And yes, I think the minimal cd will work. It doesn't matter if the boot cd you use has grub; we will be using the grub that comes with _your_ distro. (chroot, remember?)
at the VERY first page (the black and red and blue one or whatever, where it tells you the options that you can use for the install instructions... it only stays like that for about 10-30 seconds, then automatically goes to the install gui for fedora.
so basically, if your computer is set to boot from cd:
1) turn on your computer with Fedora DVD in the drive...
2) AS SOON AS it loads the VERY First screen from off the dvd, type at the > "linux rescue" instead of "linux ide=nodma i8042.nomux etc.etc"
3) follow steps and bingo!
P.S. Thanks - it actually answered my question, which was the same !
I booted with the Fedora Core DVD and typed "linux rescue", it went into Anaconda in rescue mode and told me that some file already exists and the whole system stoped and told me it was now ready to be turned off.
I'm having trouble getting Windows to recognize my CD burner in Nero for some reason, so I can't try the LiveCD.
Once you do get your burner working in windows/linux, do yourself a favor and burn that gentoo linux cd. There is nothing better than a bootable linux cd that just dumps you to a command prompt without any bullsh!t.