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Old 07-14-2004, 09:51 AM   #1
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grub-install failure on a syslinux system

I had a win 2000 machine that I had installed Red Hat 9 on as a test. I didn't want to mess with the 2000 boot loader and crash the system so I installed RH9 using a syslinux boot floppy. I just tried to install grub onto the system to do away with the boot flopp and 2000 but must have batched it. I used

grub-install '(fd0)'

and it appeared to install properly

I quickly realized my mistake as I really wanted to use

grub-install '(hd0)'

now my system won't boot because I blew the syslinux floppy away

I'm trying to get past the grub> prompt now

any ideas?

Old 07-14-2004, 10:41 AM   #2
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Okay I got the system to boot by going into the original syslinux boot floppy and using the 'cat' command to view the syslinux.cfg file

it's contents were

kernel vmlinuz
append initrd=initrd.img root=/dev/hdd3 hdc=ide-scsi

so in the grub command window with the grub> prompt I typed

root (fd0)

it mounted the whole FAT partition on the floppy

then I typed

kernel /vmlinuz initrd=initrd.img root=/dev/hdd3 hdc=ide-scsi

it loaded the kernel and I typed


it worked but still how to load grub... or how to get another syslinux disk
I figure I'll try mkbootdisk

we'll see
Old 07-14-2004, 10:57 AM   #3
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mkbootdisk <kernel version>

made a new boot disk

now to really load grub


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