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Old 06-09-2008, 08:11 PM   #1
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Location: WV, USA
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[fixed] Installed Vista, cant install grub

Yeah I know. For some reason I cant boot a single liveCD to install grub. I have about 7 of them and none of them boot. When I can see the error it usually errors saying it cant find the root filesystem from the CD. I have booted liveCDs successfully before...that's how I got ubuntu installed.

So I made a grub livecd as explained here:

I have copied over the lines from my actual menu config and have tried several boots manually. All of the boots fail with the kernel stalling at "CD-ROM" or "[sda] Attached SCSI disk" After a couple minutes it displays
Check root= bootarg cat /proc/cmdline or missing modules, devices: cat/proc/modules ls /dev
ALERT! does not exist.  Dropping to a shell!

(sda should be my harddrive but for some reason I think it's trying to reference my CD drive).

Any help please? I think I remember grub can be installed from inside windows so I might try this next.

Last edited by 1veedo; 06-09-2008 at 08:39 PM. Reason: title changed to [fixed]
Old 06-09-2008, 08:39 PM   #2
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Lol got it working by removing ro from the kernel line. Just a guess but it worked.

This is what it looks like just for reference. Bassically the normal line without splash and without ro just the root= line.

title Ubuntu Copy
root (hd0,1)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-16-generic root=UUID=a7ca0993-a148-410c-80eb-793791961675
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-16-generic

It may have worked without root= but I never tested it.


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