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Old 11-08-2004, 04:15 PM   #1
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GRUB problem after uninstalling Java Desktop


After trying out Java Desktop I used Mandrake to delete partitions preparatory to re-installing Mandrake (next generation).

I had disk problems (probably fingerprints) and gave up last night at 2.30am to get up at 6.30am.

I now somehow have a black screen which is headed 'GRUB version 0.93' and gives some info about commands. I have tried probably all of these which seem to require an installed linux system. I have also tried to boot using my W98 floppy, my W98 install cd and various linux bootable cd's. I have checked that my box can boot from cd but it is not doing so now.

Where is my MBR? How can I get at it? I suppose this is where the GRUB is? I have tried re-booting with DEL and going through the various screens there but can't find GRUB. I am sure I have read on this site about this problem before (uninstalling a distro and being left with GRUB) but haven't been able so far to find anything helpful.

Please help!!!???

I probably should have said, my computer was up till yesterday quadruple-booting W98se and 3 linux distros. Usually Mandrake is the last one installed and I use the Mandrake lilo for access to that and W98, with floppy access to the other 2.

I replaced Mandrake with Java Desktop on a temporary basis because I had a new generation of Mandrake ready to install. Java Desktop installed using GRUB.

I deleted all the linux partitions but W98 should still be there. When I reboot all I get is the black screen mentioned above even if I have floppy or bootable cd's in place.

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Old 11-08-2004, 05:12 PM   #2
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It sounds to me like you need to alter your BIOS to boot from the CD or floppy to allow you to install something else from CD. I don't know how to do that but Google knows.
 
Old 11-08-2004, 05:21 PM   #3
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Thanks for your response but I have checked and my BIOS is definitely set to boot from D, A.

When my computer was ignoring disks I checked that straight away.
 
Old 11-08-2004, 07:11 PM   #4
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Andrew,

Although my BIOS has always been set at D,A which has worked fine, I did try other options and CDROM,A,C has now got Mandrake re-installing.

After my possibly snappy reply please accept thanks and apology.

Just about every time I try another new distro I say: Why do I bother?

Mandrake is the only one that has managed to get my sound-card (Aureal Vortex2) to work, and it just looks so good!

I also like Fedora and Slackware and mostly have this 3 available, but the soundcard is the swinger!

I just like to try other flavours between Mandrake generations.

Richard

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Old 11-08-2004, 08:33 PM   #5
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Good man. I've never been in that situation of not even being able to install from CD so I've never had to adjust the BIOS at all. I can imagine it would be extremely stressfull.
I hope your Mandrake install goes well. My experience of it has been that it's quite easy to install but it can be a bit unstable.
I've just had a quick look at the kernel options and in make menuconfig
< > Aureal Vortex 2
is listed under
Device Drivers --->
Sound --->
Advanced Linux Sound Architecture --->
PCI devices --->
So it should be possible to get it working with any distro if you can recompile the kernel.
 
Old 11-09-2004, 01:51 PM   #6
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I can't understand why the BIOS setting D,A wasn't working, it always has before.
I've just come in from work and am about to power down and up and will try re-setting the BIOS to D,A. It may be that GRUB was blocking it.

EDIT: No - D,A still doesn't work but it's ok (for me, for now) I have reverted to the working option.

Thanks for the info about Aureal. It has been on my to do list to look for that since I first got sound on Mandrake (MD10, I think). I've installed Mandrake so many times now it is no problem - never has been really. It's the first distro that worked out of the box for me so I love it.

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