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Old 02-26-2009, 07:41 PM   #1
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MBR problems.

Ok, I'm stuck here.


Bought Acer Aspire One with Linpus on it.
Deleted Linpus, put XP on it.
Wanted to switch back, but now I cant. Had every kind of problem.
Had Grub on it, etc, Thing just wouldn't boot.

Erased the disk with Gparted USB version. Created new partition which is /dev/sda1 according to Gparted, but is seen other wise by Puppylinux for USB for example.\flagged it boot, made it ext2, ext3 etc. Starting Linpus Live CD ( made USB with Unetbootin ) Gives me Kernel Panic blocks 8,1 0,0 4,1 etc. Since I erased whole disk I believe the mbr is just empty now because when I boot without USB I just get a black screen, a flashing underscore and a loud beep when I press a button.

Tried to manually copy the linpus installation files with Gparted file explorer ( @ linpus crash Linpus recommended this ) again, no luck.

What do I need to do?

Thanks in advance,



Some additional info:

Just dloaded a prog to unetbootin that helps me boot. An error I get is like this;

sda: Write Protect is on.
sda: Assuming drive cache: write trough
sda: Write Protect is on
sd 2:0:0:0 Attached scsi removable disk sda
VFS: Cannot open root device ''sda1'' or unknown block (0,0)
Please append a correct ''root='' boot option
Kernel Panic - not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown block (0,0)

hope this helps..

ps: had an old post here, but situation has changed in such a way it looked better to make a new one..

Last edited by sieb87; 02-26-2009 at 08:00 PM.
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How did you install XP, and how are you trying to re-install Linux? eg: are you booting from a USB CD Drive?
Old 02-26-2009, 09:50 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by pixellany View Post
How did you install XP, and how are you trying to re-install Linux? eg: are you booting from a USB CD Drive?

I installed XP with a bootable USB Disk. I am trying to install Linpus Lite with USB bootable disk as well. Live CD version is not working due to kernel panic. When I manually copy files to /media/sda1 ( I boot Gparted USB and use file explorer there) And run the make install, Grub is back on the mbr giving me an error 2. Maybe because I am not root @ sda1? I can't find the grub.conf in my boot map on sda1 or the menu.lst. *the make install reported that it was made. Also tried to setup grub manual. boot(hd0,0) etc.

When I try to chroot /dev/sda1 or /media/sda1 I get /bin/bash errors.

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