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Old 01-11-2005, 04:31 AM   #1
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Debian/Windows lost grub to ntldr

I was expecting this to happen when I installed XP (don't worry it's only on 7Gb, Deb on other 30Gb!) but wasn't expecting it to be so confusing to fix.

Anyway I prepared myself with Knoppix but that didn't help me (most likely due to a lack of my knowledge in what to do). So I create the boot from instructions at

That works fine, once I get into grub:

#find /boot/grub/stage1
#root (hd0,2)
  Filesystem type is reiserfs, partition type 0x83
#kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.8-1-386
  [Linux-bzImage, setup=0x1400, size=0x10937c]
And it all goes fine until:

VFS: Cannot open root device "<NULL>" or unknown-block(9,0)
Please append a correct "root=" boot option
Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(9,0)
I'm lost, confused and have a lack of sleep (thank you Bill), have no idea what to do next, if anyone has any ideas..?

Thanks in advance
Old 01-12-2005, 11:04 AM   #2
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Gave up!

For those searching and want to know what I did (although probably not helpful):

Installed rfsgui into Windows, got my data
Zerofilled hard disk
Installed XP first!!


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