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Old 07-19-2006, 06:45 PM   #1
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GRUB 0.95 Config File, Won't Auto Load

Hi Guys,

Since I'm new here, thought this would be the best place to post this question, although not sure if I should also post it in a more technical forum.
Just don't want to be overwhelmed by complex answers I'm not able to understand as of yet.

I'm running GRUB 0.95, which will boot (eventually, I'm sure) into SimplyMEPIS 3.4.2

It was the auto-install LIVE CD that I used to set this up, but I have a small problem.

On Load, GRUB wont start the config file /boot/grub/menu.lst that I was told it is supposed to.

All that happens when I start this PC is I get the 'grub>' prompt, and have to manually inform GRUB that I would like it to start this OS.

I have set this file up correctly, and there are no problems there (AFAIK). I can verify this because when I tell grub> configfile /boot/grub/menu.lst it copes fine and boots up.

My question is this: How do I tell GRUB that this is the configfile to load by _default_? I dont want to have to enter this command every startup, as this is a general use Lounge PC (not my development PC) so I dont want to have to provide my (inherently non-computer-savvy) partner, and visitors, training on such things.

Your help is appreciated.
Hope you're all having a great day (or night, depending on where you are in the world)

Old 07-19-2006, 07:36 PM   #2
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Oh, one other thing, I have also downloaded the GRUB boot cd, for replacing and repairing GRUB bootloader, and this didnt work.

I have also tried to repair GRUB install with the SimplyMEPIS install repair (on the LIVE CD)

Google has yeilded nothing thus far, hence here I am!

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Try the following from the grub prompt (no quotes); "find /boot/grub/stage1"
Use the partition returned (say hd0,0) as below;
root (hd0,0)
setup (hd0)
The setup command presumes you want the MBR updated.
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And for future reference here is the GRUB manual. Surprised you didn't find it in your Google searches.


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