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Old 06-11-2010, 12:13 PM   #1
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Restoring Grub when Distro hopping


I have adopted Ubuntu as my Primary operating system, but I also enjoy trying out different distributions in a separate partition. When trying a new distribution, my Ubuntu Grub2 is then overwritten with a new Grub or Grub2 install and I end up with the a temporary partition, holding the Grub configuration. This is usually not a problem, but just seems "wrong" to me. Worst case, I just install Ubuntu over the linux experiment to get a familiar Grub2 back in a temporary partition. Is there an easy way to just restore my original Ubuntu Grub2 and force it to discover the new experimental linux partition as if it was a fresh install?

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Welcome to LQ don54321

um...whenever you install a strange distro
just tell that distro's installer to only install
to the partition its in rather than to mbr

like say you were installing slack 13.1
just do expert lilo setup and tell it to install lilo to say sda2 instead of sda

with ubuntu you can do this near the end of the installer gui
where it says "advanced"
and tell grub to install to sda2, etc rather than sda or mbr

does that help?

after you install strange distro and it installs grub/grub2/lilo to partition
either edit your grub.conf before rebooting or boot into ubuntu and as root
do "update-grub" in terminal
sudo update-grub
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Many thanks. Gee this sounds easy!



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