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tencan 10-31-2005 02:44 PM

problems with grub and install/resque disk
I am installing core4 as a dual boot with XP. I had a lot of problems with the install cd. I kept on getting kernal errors and the install hangs. I saw some of the posts here and tried some of the fixes. I was able to get it work by just keeping on trying boot off the cd. Eventually I was able to get past the errors and install the OS. But it boots right to XP, and there is no grub menu at all. I tried booting the resque disk and got the same kernal problems....I used the install cd with the linux resque option and it just went into the install mode, and I never got a shell prompt. It defaulted to hda2 as "other ' and hb1 for the fedora. I have 2 drives on the 70 gig drive in 2 partions for XP ( one big one ntfs , and the small one that XP creates fat. I manually added hda1 and marked it XP. My question is , how do I get a shell prompt from the install cd using the linux resque command., to try and correct grub. Also why do I keep on getting the kernal error when using the CDS? I know they are good because I used the same ones to load the OS. I also tried the option sto not scan for devices and got the same kernal error.

titanium_geek 10-31-2005 03:13 PM

Hello and Welcome to LQ, tencan!

Have you tried Knoppix? I found that the RH rescue disks were fussy- sounds like nothings changed.
grub manual.

All you need to do is get into a working linux, using a LiveCD/floppy and install and configure grub that way.


tencan 10-31-2005 03:28 PM

Thanks for the help. Part of the problem is that I am not getting into the linux kernel. I can boot the system with with the install cd..but it goes right into the install program..even though I used the linux resque option. What is knoppix ? is that a different type of boot cd ?

titanium_geek 10-31-2005 07:11 PM

knoppix is a Live CD, and that means that it is a fully functional linux that runs off a CD. (runs without installing)

So, once you start up the liveCD (it can be any kind really) you follow the instructions in the grub manual to install and configure grub.

post any specific questions here.


tinybit 11-18-2005 11:45 PM

GRUB and LILO always conflict with Windows. And GNU GRUB is not so robust, causing many problems during boot.

So try GRUB for DOS please. It is a cross-platform boot loader based on GNU GRUB. The GRUB.EXE can be started from DOS/Win9x; and GRLDR can be started from BOOT.INI of Windows NT/2K/XP/2003; and even more, the GRUB.EXE can be started from LINUX via the KEXEC tool.

By using GRUB.EXE or GRLDR, you don't have to touch your MBR. It is the safest way coexisting with DOS/Windows.

You needn't install GRUB for DOS. Just run GRUB.EXE from DOS, or append a line of "C:\GRLDR=START GRUB" into your BOOT.INI(restart and select the "START GRUB" menu item), that will do.

Download GRUB for DOS here:

There is a fat12grldr.img file with the GRUB for DOS release. You can create a GRUB bootable floppy with this fat12grldr.img file.

Or, you can just copy GRUB.EXE to your DOS floppy and run GRUB.EXE to enter the GRUB environment.

If the system has no DOS/WINDOWS, you may use the utility to write GRLDR boot record onto the MBR.

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