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Old 07-14-2007, 06:03 AM   #16
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Exclamation Problem with GRUB


I landed in the grub console and can't get out. Sound like that other joke. BUT this is not funny. I am dyin' here. You remember the days right? When you were new to Linux?

So I have narrowed it down to being stuck in the grub/ console.

At the top of my screen it says:

GNU GRUB version 0.97 (639k lower / 523248 upper memory)

I have tried to turn off the com and reboot. Turn off com / turn on com. The com just goes through a little boot and ends up displaying grub/

I am in the grub console, and need to know what commands to enter.. PLEASE HELP!

I ended up here by trying to install Fedora 6. During the software initialization just prior to the actual install, I got an error message and had to click reboot. This is how I got to be in this fine mess...
 
Old 07-14-2007, 06:09 AM   #17
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Well, If you'd still like to install Fedora, you should try again. If all goes well, it will simply overwrite GRUB with a proper new one. If that fails, you should restore your MBR by getting a windows cd, booting off it, selecting repair and running FIXMBR.
 
Old 07-14-2007, 06:16 AM   #18
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Exclamation Detailed instructions please?

Quote:
Originally Posted by farkus888
/boot/grub/menu.lst is the name of a file you need to edit. cd should get you into the /boot/grub directory. a quick look over the output of ls will tell you whether menu.lst is a link or not.
Thanks so nuch for the reply.

If you don't mind. Could you break that down a little with some detailed instructions?

Just so I have been clear. My cd is not booting to the start install screen that I did see when I first tried to install Fedora.

Now all I have on screen is the grub/ and blinking _



Thanks,

- Brett
 
Old 07-14-2007, 06:22 AM   #19
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Exclamation How do I get out of where I am?

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Well, If you'd still like to install Fedora, you should try again. If all goes well, it will simply overwrite GRUB with a proper new one. If that fails, you should restore your MBR by getting a windows cd, booting off it, selecting repair and running FIXMBR.
I really appreciate the reply. I need specifics. Iwant to install fedora. where do i go from here? I have the fedora cd. it will not boot up to the install screen. I am stick in this grub console thing. what can I type to get out?
 
Old 07-14-2007, 06:55 AM   #20
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First, it is a really bad idea to post your e-mail and phone like this. I would recommend you edit the posts to remove them. (We give help on the forum, in any case.)

As I read this, you never installed Fedora. If so, where did GRUB come from? Did you already have Linux on the computer?

I assume that you were able to boot up from the Fedora CD before this happened. Did you change the BIOS settings? If you cannot get the machine to boot from any CD, then life will be easier if we fix that first. double-check the BIOS settings, and try some other bootable CDs.

Give us as much as you can about the configuration of the computer before you started this, and all the step you went through.
 
Old 07-14-2007, 08:48 AM   #21
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I posted this before reading your other thread......it is really bad form to start a new thread when you already were getting some advice in the other one.

I will ask a moderator to merge them...
 
Old 07-14-2007, 12:32 PM   #22
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I've merged all the threads that deal with the same issue. Its really bad practice to ask the same question in multiple threads because it makes it difficult for others to follow the discussion and offer you help.
 
Old 07-14-2007, 12:49 PM   #23
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Hi again dude,

Well as for this issue I am not sure what you created there but it looks like you installed your system (did you?) but you forgot to configure grub to boot from your root partition.

This is my menu.lst in /boot/grub/

title Gentoo 2.6.20-r8 July 6th, 2007
root (hd0,1)
kernel /boot/kernel-2.6.20-r8_070607 root=/dev/sda1

And, if I am not wrong all you have to do is to enter edit mode in your grub, possibly hit "e" once in the grub shell and then type the above lines (exclude the first one please). Keep in mind the following:

1) /dev/sda1 is my root partition and you should replace it with yours. Possibly /dev/hda1? You are the only one to know that answer.

2) hd0,1 is where my grub is. Where is yours? Maybe hd0,0?

Recommended reading on grub:
http://www.gnu.org/software/grub/manual/grub.html

Dig into it, learn how to do it. Give it a try and if you have questions post back.

Good luck.
 
Old 07-14-2007, 02:18 PM   #24
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Stuck in grub/cd will not boot

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Hi again dude,

Well as for this issue I am not sure what you created there but it looks like you installed your system (did you?) but you forgot to configure grub to boot from your root partition.

This is my menu.lst in /boot/grub/

title Gentoo 2.6.20-r8 July 6th, 2007
root (hd0,1)
kernel /boot/kernel-2.6.20-r8_070607 root=/dev/sda1

And, if I am not wrong all you have to do is to enter edit mode in your grub, possibly hit "e" once in the grub shell and then type the above lines (exclude the first one please). Keep in mind the following:

1) /dev/sda1 is my root partition and you should replace it with yours. Possibly /dev/hda1? You are the only one to know that answer.

2) hd0,1 is where my grub is. Where is yours? Maybe hd0,0?

Recommended reading on grub:
http://www.gnu.org/software/grub/manual/grub.html

Dig into it, learn how to do it. Give it a try and if you have questions post back.

Good luck.
I posted different threads because the problems were different. So I hope the title will bring the needed help.

Thanks for the help leo, stay with me if you can.

I already had fedora 6 installed along with xp. Everything working fine.

The bios is set to boot from the cd, and did bott which braught up the expected install screen. So booting bios is not an issue. (from another post, there all in one now)

I was reinstalling to only have fedora on the com. The graphical install walked me through everything. When it came to partitions, I selected the option to reinstall where the partition would be automatically formatted with the appropriate variables for proper volume on all drives.

The error message occurred when the system was initializing software packages. The install progress bar was right there, and after initializing, the next step was for the install to kick in.

I never had the option to config grub to boot from my root partition during pre-install choices to answer a question above.

During the initializing of software an error message popped up. I do not remember what the error message was either, but I clicked retry and that did not work, so my only option was to click reboot which brings us to where we are right now.

I will try your suggestions and reply with an update.

Thanks for the help, stay with me...
 
Old 07-14-2007, 02:45 PM   #25
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New Update/Problem Solved?

First, I am grate full for all the help.

I already had Fedora 6 installed on my machine. I used the win/32 version as my com is older.

The CD/DVD I was using for this new install is a win/64 version.

That would do it right there. Right?

I need to make a 36 mile round trip to the office and get the cd I originally used to install Fedora 6 on my machine.

Will update in 90 minutes....
 
Old 07-14-2007, 04:50 PM   #26
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I am now able to boot up the install; however, there are some new challenges. Asking for disc three. I have already been able to install Fedora Core 6. It has already been installed on another partition with xp on another. So now Ido not understand why I would need more discs when I know I have a complete Fedora 6 on two cd's.

I am going to open a new thread with this "new issue."

Thanks for all the helpful suggestions everyone!

- Brett
 
Old 07-14-2007, 05:14 PM   #27
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[ Minimal BASH-like line editing is supported. For the first word, TAB lists possible command completions. Anywhere else TAB lists the possible completions of a device/filename.]
... see? The GRUB shell is also a line editor ... you can try the commands as suggested. Relax, you are getting good advise.

I was under the impression that the install process had not started ... you havn't just sat through a slideshow with messages about package progress yet, but you have done all the setup leading to that, including partitioning. Is that correct?

If you still want to reboot... try the power button, while the install disk is still in the drive.
 
Old 07-14-2007, 05:27 PM   #28
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... see? The GRUB shell is also a line editor ... you can try the commands as suggested. Relax, you are getting good advise.

I was under the impression that the install process had not started ... you havn't just sat through a slideshow with messages about package progress yet, but you have done all the setup leading to that, including partitioning. Is that correct?

If you still want to reboot... try the power button, while the install disk is still in the drive.
Yes, at that point I did all the partitioning.

I decided to start over and repartition everything from scratch.

So now I could use partitioning tutoring. I am researching for a complete walk through with screen shots. The cd is in and I am now at the partitioning screen. I have so far created the boot loader

/dev/hda1 ext3 103mb start/1 end/14

I have 114367mb of free space.
 
Old 07-14-2007, 07:13 PM   #29
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So now I could use partitioning tutoring. I am researching for a complete walk through with screen shots.
You mean like this one:
http://www.netscape.com/viewstory/20...e+6&frame=true
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The cd is in
CD? Or DVD? Your walkthrough should include which image you burned and how you got it.
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and I am now at the partitioning screen. I have so far created the boot loader
You mean the boot partition?
 
Old 07-14-2007, 09:30 PM   #30
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Thumbs up Fedora Core 6 i386 INSTALLED!

Mission accomplished everyone!

Thank you all for your awesome advice, and time with me. I am surrounded by professionals, and up standing people. What a community. I will be in here every day, learning new commands - how to's, etc. I am absolutly hooked on Linux Fedora, and am thrilled to be running only Linux [no xp here at all!] on my machine. I have a lot to learn, and this is why I wanted the install. Talk to you in the forums...



- Brett

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