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Old 12-16-2009, 01:21 AM   #1
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Unhappy grub error 17

I had a hard disk failure, and I am trying to install mepis 3.4-3rc1 on an 8 gb pen drive. After I installed it I rebooted and instead of booting grub gave me error 17.

Here is the result of fdisk -l and menu.lst
root@1[demo]# fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 8021 MB, 8021606400 bytes
247 heads, 62 sectors/track, 1023 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 15314 * 512 = 7840768 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 1 128 980065 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda2 * 129 1023 6853015 83 Linux

timeout 15
color cyan/blue white/blue
foreground ffffff
background 0639a1
gfxmenu /boot/grub/message

title MEPIS at sda2, kernel 2.6.15-1-586tsc
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.15-1-586tsc root=/dev/sda2 nomce quiet vga=791
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.15-1-586tsc

kernel /boot/memtest86.bin

Is there any fix?
Old 12-16-2009, 01:24 AM   #2
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You can insert your Livew Cd and re-install grub.
grub-install /dev/sda
Old 12-16-2009, 11:04 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by ~sHyLoCk~ View Post
You can insert your Livew Cd and re-install grub.
I got an error message

grub-install /dev/sda
Probing devices to guess BIOS drives. This may take a long time.
sed: can't read /boot/grub/ No such file or directory
grep: /boot/grub/ No such file or directory
/dev/sda does not have any corresponding BIOS drive.

I was able to install macpup on this drive and boot from it at one point but I accidently rewrote the live cd.

It is an award bios on and amd athlon 2006 model. I can also mount this drive and find /boot/grub/

It says

(hd0) /dev/sda

Last edited by noalternative; 12-16-2009 at 11:09 AM.


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