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Old 08-12-2010, 02:20 AM   #1
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Thumbs down lost grub menu after windows installation & forgot to backup menu.lst

hopefully i'm in the correct area in this forum. I'm looking for some help locating my menu.lst in my linux partition from windows 7. I completely forgot to back it up before installing windows, and it would be greatly appreciated if anyone has any methods of accessing it. so far i tried the drivers to view ext3(correct filesystem?) partitions from windows 7, but none are compatible. I also tried easyBCD and got a grub terminal at startup. the terminal seems the best rout. so could someone help me out with which commands i would use to boot ubuntu(newest distribution) from my (H0,3) partition? thanks
Old 08-12-2010, 05:10 PM   #2
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What is your configuration? You may try the gNewSense LiveCD...or the Ubuntu LiveCD...or the GParted view the partitions. From there, identify, either by mounting them or looking on the screen, the boot, root, whatever. Finally, making note of this, use the original CD to install GRUB.

FOLLOW DIRECTIONS TO ACCESS THE ENCRYPTED DEVICES AS GPARTED CANNOT. Be sure the system can use the crypto stuff. Then, install GRUB.

Look for something like:
ls -a /whatever # /whatever is wherever I wanted to plop it
grub          linux-
menu.lst      menu.lst~ # the ~ is a backup
The backup might be there. Hope this helps
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BCD requires grub to have been installed to a partition - not likely if you were using it as your loader.
Recovery depends on grub version - which may depend on Ubuntu release.

Presuming clean install of 10.04, see here

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Old 08-12-2010, 06:52 PM   #4
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If you're using the newer Ubuntu, you're using GRUB2, which does not use menu.lst, so you won't find that anywhere. There are several GRUB-related command line tools you can use to replace the Windows 7 MBR with one that works. Just boot the Ubuntu LiveCD and ask it to start the Ubuntu you have installed. Then run grub-install /dev/sda and grub-mkconfig to create the /boot/drub/grub.cfg file that replaces the older menu.lst one.
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I'm downloading the live cd(lost my old one. XD), and that'll definitely give me access to my linux partition. after i get that its a cakewalk to get grub up and running again. the live cd option completely slipped my mind. thanks to all who helped me out with this. great forum you guys have going here. definitely the best info I have received with any linux related issue.


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