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Old 06-19-2006, 04:07 PM   #1
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Ubuntu installed, but with no boot loader

After two days of fighting with Ubuntu, I got it to install on one problematic machine, but with no boot loader. This is the message I got during install:
"You will need to boot manually with the /vmlinuz kernel on partition /dev/hda1 and root=/dev/hda1 passed as a kernel argument"

When I booted up I got to a prompt that asked for a user name. I gave root and got a prompt with no password. What must I do now to get grub installed and to have a gui? The install disk does nto have an option to just reinstall grub, and after the fight that I had to install it, I'd rather not take the risk of reinstalling it. (yes, I know that Ubuntu is supposed to be an easy install and it was on every _other_ machine that I'd installed on.)

Thanks in advance.
Old 06-19-2006, 05:27 PM   #2
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Try to install grub with Ubuntu's packaging tool (apt?).
When successfully installed you can set up /boot/grub/grub.conf for your needs, and then run grub-install to install grub in mbr.

Hope that helps.
Old 06-19-2006, 05:39 PM   #3
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Tuens out that X was toast, too, so I'm trying to reinstall. The install keeps locking up, though. I also tried Fedora Core 5 and it too keeps locking up during the install. FC3 and 4 and Kubuntu 5.10 all installed fine. I suspect a hardware problem, but memtest86+ ran all night and found nothing. I also tried witha different harddrive, and also with a different power supply. I don't know how to test the m/b or the processor, but I have Hiron's Boot Disk if that could help diagnose the problem.
Old 12-28-2006, 04:23 PM   #4
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Ok, after fighting with Mandriva 2007 and failling I decided to install Ubuntu cause every page I went to everyone was saying how great it was and easy to install and had the drivers for my wireless card built in to the kernel and blah blah blah...i call Bullsh**! The damn thing won't install! It keeps saying that I don't have a
"/" set up which I do! I'm using the default options and it's not wrking! I have 5GB for the ext2 partition to install to and 500MB for the SWAP partition, it's not working :-( I'm a newbie and trying everything this blogs and so called "help" articles are saying to do but nothing seems to be working!!! HELP!!
Old 12-28-2006, 07:07 PM   #5
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dooey5 I sympathize with you, but you need to start your own new thread. If you're not happy with Ubuntu, then try Mepis.


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