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Old 12-26-2009, 07:18 PM   #1
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Restore GRUB after installing Windows 7

I have an Intel Core2 Duo system that would dual boot via GRUB between Windows Vista and Fedora 10. I recently attempted to upgrade from Vista to Windows 7, however because the version of Vista I had would not upgrade to Windows 7, I had to perform a new installation.

This has removed the ability to boot into my Fedora 10 installation.

After some brief research on the Internet, I created a Live CD of Fedora 12, and booted into that. Accessing the terminal I tried typing:

[liveuser@localhost ~]$ su root
[root@localhost liveuser]# grub
Probing devices to guess BIOS drives. This may take a long time.

GNU GRUB version 0.97 (640K lower / 3072K upper memory)

[ Minimal BASH-like line editing is supported. For the first word, TAB
lists possible command completions. Anywhere else TAB lists the possible
completions of a device/filename.]
grub> find /boot/grub/stage1
find /boot/grub/stage1

Error 15: File not found

What is needed so I can restore GRUB on my system and boot into Fedora again?
Old 12-26-2009, 08:00 PM   #2
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First of all, remove all Window$ instalation; they are allergic to open source content.
Then, reinstall grub from your rescue cd/dvd.
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Old 12-26-2009, 08:14 PM   #3
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That reply is not helpful. The reality is that I'm doing cross platform development and I need to support Windows even if I don't particularly like it.

Telling me to remove the operating system will not help to solve the problem.

Who is willing to provide some information that will be useful?
Old 12-26-2009, 08:38 PM   #4
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boot into the'll need to know which partition your fc10 is on....
open a term and get root..(su)
make a dir to mount your partition mkdir /mnt/fc10
mount your fc10 part.. mount /dev/sda? /mnt/fc10
cd /mnt/fc10

mount -t proc none /mnt/fc10/proc
mount -o bind /dev /mnt/fc10/dev
chroot /bin/bash /mnt/fc10
grub-install --no-floppy /dev/sda ( partition number)

unmount everything, reboot, and you're golden. DOn't forget to add the chainloader option in your menu.lst for your new windows 7
Old 12-26-2009, 09:54 PM   #5
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the easiest ways i found is to use the Super Grub Disk, a live cd for restoring or editing grub or restoring windows/linux boot
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Old 12-27-2009, 10:39 AM   #6
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I am not certain which partition my Fedora 10 installation is on. How can I determine that partition?
Old 12-27-2009, 01:07 PM   #7
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I am not certain which partition my Fedora 10 installation is on. How can I determine that partition?
Load your Fedora Live CD, open a terminal and login as root. Some distributions allow you to just type "root" at the prompt and "root" again for the password. Sometimes you can just type "su" or "su -" (without quotes) and get to be root. It should tell you somewhere. Then as root type "fdisk -l" (lower case Letter l) to show your partition information to find where Fedora is. Fedora partition will show as "Linux".
Old 12-27-2009, 01:21 PM   #8
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Take a look at tip #20.4 & #27 in this guide.
Old 12-27-2009, 07:58 PM   #9
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I have assumed that you have installed Windows on the same partition (If you haven't, read instructions on configuring grub.conf). Boot from the live disc and get to terminal. Once you're at a terminal, attempt to mount every partition till you see your root partition. Let's say this partition is /dev/hda3 (or /dev/sda3) mounted at /mnt/mymount
chroot /mnt/mymount
grub-install /dev/hda (This must be the hard disk where you've installed windows)
Old 12-28-2009, 12:23 AM   #10
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I used the Fedora 12 install DVD to attempt run grub-install. This restored GRUB, but whenever I select my Linux partition to boot I get:

failed to read image
Press any key to enter the menu

Booting Fedora ( in 0 seconds...
Error 17: Cannot mount selected partition

Press any key to continue...

This might be because I used a Fedora 12 installation. I made a Fedora 10 installation and tried applying that, however it did not fix the problem.

I also could no longer boot into Windows until I use the Windows 7 installation diskt to restore it. Now I have GRUB and I can select windows from its menu to boot to Windows. However, I cannot boot into Linux.

What ideas do people have about what could be wrong?
Old 12-28-2009, 05:16 AM   #11
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Since it's Grub, you can edit the boot parameters. You must be having root (hd0, x) in the linux parameters right? Try x from 0 to 9 and see if anything comes up.
Old 11-20-2010, 08:52 AM   #12
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My system consists of 2 harddrives, with Windows XP installed in the primary harddrive and Ubuntu in the secondary harddrive. The MBR is in the primary harddrive, while the grub program is in the secondary harddrive.

Following are the steps I have taken that have finally helped me solve the problem, as well as some explanation for each step:

* Boot up using a ubuntu live CD.
* Open a terminal and type:

> sudo grub

* In the grub command line utility that appears, type the following:

grub> find /boot/grub/stage1

* The above command is for finding where your grub is located. In my case the value returned is: hd1,0. This means grub is in the 1st partition of my second harddrive. If your grub is in the 2nd partition of the first harddrive, the value returned should be hd0,1.
* The next command is to "tell" MBR where grub is located. So you should use the value found in the step above:

grub> root (hd1,0)

* Make sure there is a space between "root" and the opening bracket.
* Next step is to tell grub which MBR to fix. Typically, this should be the first harddrive, which means hd0 should be used. If you have only one harddrive then it should be hd0.

grub> setup (hd0)

* After that you should see some statements about the program is running and whether it is successful.
* Once the program has finished running, you can quit the utility:

grub> quit


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