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Old 05-08-2005, 09:08 PM   #1
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well i had no idea where to post my question and Bcuz i donno anything abt linux i posted it here:

I installed linux for the first time and right now the only thing I c is a black screen and a word GRUB then nothing happens. and i tried to install windows xp again but my cd didn work. my floppies didn work either.

Do u guys know hot to fix this?
Old 05-08-2005, 10:38 PM   #2
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need more info...such as which distro you installed...if it's just the word grub you see...if you've tried booting from the installation disk...stuff like that?
Old 05-08-2005, 11:29 PM   #3
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Donít panic, XP is still there (unless you do something to mess it up). Your experience is fairly common and should be simple to fix.

The boot loader is probably having a problem finding the linux partition. As detpenguin pointed out, we need to know which distribution you installed. Some details about your hardware would be nice, such as whether you are using SATA drive(s) and how many hard drives are in use. Also, where you put XP and linux on the drive(s) would be helpful.

If the whole Grub thing is confusing, there is an online manual ( that you can look through. It will explain some of the commands that someone will suggest you try after we hear back from you.
Old 05-09-2005, 12:25 AM   #4
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just as an example, this is what I enter to boot up my LFS partition @ the GRUB prompt.......I press enter after each line.......

root (hd0,7)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda8
Old 05-15-2005, 12:21 PM   #5
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well, my friend fixed it for me. he used his comp to format my hard drive. i used suse 9.1 cuz i'm takin unix in college.

thnx every1


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