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maunishq 01-20-2007 02:02 PM

Grub????
 
Hi Friends,
What is this GRUB?
I am on this GRUB command, (GNU GRUB version 0.94 )
I have purchased a new notebook with preinstalled linpus linux.
I formatted a partition FAT32.
Now I want to format linux but as soon as I start notebook, the only thing starts is this GRUB.
It asks me some command.
It is written like:
grub>

So what shall I do now???

saikee 01-20-2007 02:12 PM

Grub is the most powerful boot loader.

There is no PC system Grub cannot boot but since you formatted the Linux then there is nothing for Grub to do.

Grub lives in the boot sector of a partition and formatting cannot get rid of the boot loader residing there.

You overwirte one boot loader with another. Therefore when you install an OS into the notebook its boot loader will take over Grub's position.

maunishq 01-20-2007 02:18 PM

i dont think that i have format the linux yet. actually i formatted a partition where it was written FAT32. But now when i go to BIOS and gave boot from USB CDROM and then when i put windows system cd, then also it do not detect and comes again on GRUB>
so what command shall i give?
i gave command BOOT, then it wrote: error 8: kernel must be loaded before booting.
So from where shall i load kernel?

Glennzo 01-20-2007 02:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by maunishq
Hi Friends,
What is this GRUB?
I am on this GRUB command, (GNU GRUB version 0.94 )
I have purchased a new notebook with preinstalled linpus linux.
I formatted a partition FAT32.
Now I want to format linux but as soon as I start notebook, the only thing starts is this GRUB.
It asks me some command.
It is written like:
grub>

So what shall I do now???

GRUB is a Linux boot loader. It left you at the prompt because it's not properly installed. Did you get any kind of restore disk? Do you have any disks at all? Have you ever successfully booted the computer to a desktop environment? What is linpus linux? What was on the partition you formatted? How many partitions are there? Was 'linpus' linux the only thing pre-installed, or was Windows installed also? Sorry for all the questions, but if you want help you need to provide more info. There's a wealth of information and help in this and many other Linux forums and all over the Internet, and there are many many people very willing to help. But info is king. Maybe a little more history on the computer model and what it actually came with, type of graphics, how much ram, how long have you had it, etc.

maunishq 01-20-2007 02:33 PM

hi,
No they havent given any restore disk.
I dont have any disks for linux at all.
I purchased this notebook yesterday and as i started it prompt me at [root@clienthost /]#
I used fdisk command and I formatted a partition where it was described as FAT32.
Linpus Linux was the OS (i think so, i am new at linux).
there were 2 partitions 1)linux 2) fat32
yes only linpus linux was preinstalled.
computer model is Acer Aspire 3690
ram is 512 MB

Any more questions are welcome.
Thanks for efforts.

pixellany 01-20-2007 03:28 PM

Maunishq;

You have another thread going relating to getting this computer working. It is a bit confusing to start another post with some of the same questions. You can request that a moderator merge the two threads.

One suggestion was that you take this computer back and try to get them to get it working or install a different Linux. Did you respond to this idea?

You have apparently changed something such that GRUB cannot find its configuration file. The only way that I know to trouble-shoot this is to get a "live CD" Linux distro--eg Knoppix.

BUT: It appears that the most basic issue now is getting it to boot from CD. When you tried the Windows CD, it obviously would not boot and thus the BIOS sent you to the hard drive where GRUB took over.

I think a lot of really want to know what the store says about all this. Please take the machine to them and ask them to help you. An please post the name and phone number of the store and what happens when you talk to them.

pixellany 01-20-2007 03:29 PM

Quote:

Linpus Linux was the OS (i think so, i am new at linux).
In you other thread, you said you had some papers that said Linpus.....

maunishq 01-20-2007 03:38 PM

pixellany,
I have rcvd. a single paper menu with this notebook, and there it is printed that Linpus Linux is a Linux Operating System comprised of hundreds of software components, most of which are deployed under the GNU General Public Licence (GPL).
The Linpus Linux GPL source can be downloaded from the website www.linpus.com

rickh 01-20-2007 03:47 PM

Sounds to me like you bought a computer, probably used (as is) with Linux installed on it, then you formatted the Linux partition. Not the end of the world, you're just going to need an install disk to put it back on. There are tons of those available.

Emerson 01-20-2007 04:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by maunishq
Hi Friends,
What is this GRUB?
I am on this GRUB command, (GNU GRUB version 0.94 )
I have purchased a new notebook with preinstalled linpus linux.
I formatted a partition FAT32.
Now I want to format linux but as soon as I start notebook, the only thing starts is this GRUB.
It asks me some command.
It is written like:
grub>

So what shall I do now???

After reading this thread I'm still in dark. What you want to do? Install Windows? Then go ahead and do it. Linux is not on your way. It will be overwritten by Windows install.

pixellany 01-20-2007 06:26 PM

Maunishq;
If you don't respond to the various inputs, suggestions, and questions, then how are we to help you??

Am I correct that you cannot boot from a CD? If so, what have you tried?

Have you contacted the seller?

And--for Emerson and others: What do you want to do from this point?

Emerson 01-20-2007 06:46 PM

I can see maunishq asked two questions in this thread (haven't seen the other one):
What is this GRUB?
So what shall I do now???

The first one is answered. The second one is too tough for me. :scratch:

saikee 01-20-2007 07:53 PM

I think the OP can boot the system manually with commands
Code:

root (hd0,0)
configfile /boot/grub/menu.lst


Emerson 01-20-2007 08:07 PM

Maybe. But maybe there is no system any more to boot after that formatting was done. But I believe OP has abandoned this thread and is booting happily into Windows right now.

maunishq 01-21-2007 01:16 PM

Hey Everyone,
Thanks for all your efforts for helping me in my problem.
Atlast I went to the shop and he used some rescue cd and he installed windows on it.
The problem was just that i had deleted the partition.
In the two days I have read a lot about linux (first time in my life). I m pretty impressed about it and now I will learn linux for beginners and hopefully after a little knowledge, I will make a new partition and will start linux on it.
Thanks everyone.


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