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Old 07-17-2004, 04:39 PM   #1
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Newbie having troubles with GRUB

I have just installed Mandrake on my computer and everything seemed fine when installing with windows on a second partition but when I did my first reboot with mandrake it started going through the post and got to GRUB and it won't do anything past that, it just says GRUB and I can't type anything. I expected a list of choices of OS but nothing.
Old 07-17-2004, 04:54 PM   #2
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Hmm - sounds bad. You may have to re-install and try selecting LILO as the boot manager.

I just had to fix a broken GRUB at work - the same problem you describe and reinstalling it from the recovery CD was a pain. (You need to mount the boot partition and use the grub-install program with the --root-directory option)

On my home machine GRUB won't actually start at all and I have to chain-load it off LILO.

Sorry if this is not much help. Mandrake should have done better :-(

Old 07-17-2004, 04:57 PM   #3
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Thanks anyways, I'll try that.
Old 07-17-2004, 05:56 PM   #4
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try carla

Go to Google and type: carla schroder grub
She has a good albeit light article on grub.
Have you tried typing c? its command line grub: so you work manually, with autocomplete(tab) working. A slight paon, but better than nothing. You may know all this already .. but grub is pretty robust. PLease continue posting if its really damaged.
Old 07-17-2004, 06:08 PM   #5
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Hi erik_freeman58,
Since yesterday, I was defending grub in this forum. I cannot leave you without some words. With lilo or grub, most of the people with multi boot already had this frustration in their lives. I did google for "grub freezes at boot" and between several links, I followed one which is the gnu grub faq:
If you can't find the problem, I suggest you to show us how did you partition your disk, the size of your hd, the age of your machine, for us to think about it.

I wish you good luck! You will see it's funny.


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