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grub install

Postby micder on Thu Nov 04, 2010 3:09 pm

Installed LMDE on sda7 /, and sda8 /home.
During installation I was presented with the choice to install grub on sda.
I skipped that, since I prefer to use EasyBCD to boot other distros.

Tried to install grub using the Live-CD and root-terminal, after mount sda7 on /test:
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grub-install --root-directory=/test /dev/sda7
/usr/sbin/grub-setup: warn: Attempting to install GRUB to a partition instead of the MBR.  This is a BAD idea..
/usr/sbin/grub-setup: warn: Embedding is not possible.  GRUB can only be installed in this setup by using blocklists.  However, blocklists are UNRELIABLE and their use is discouraged..
/usr/sbin/grub-setup: error: if you really want blocklists, use --force.

Any ideas to solve this problem?
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Re: grub install

Postby crborga on Thu Nov 04, 2010 3:17 pm

micder wrote:Installed LMDE on sda7 /, and sda8 /home.
During installation I was presented with the choice to install grub on sda.
I skipped that, since I prefer to use EasyBCD to boot other distros.

Tried to install grub using the Live-CD and root-terminal, after mount sda7 on /test:
Code: Select all
grub-install --root-directory=/test /dev/sda7
/usr/sbin/grub-setup: warn: Attempting to install GRUB to a partition instead of the MBR.  This is a BAD idea..
/usr/sbin/grub-setup: warn: Embedding is not possible.  GRUB can only be installed in this setup by using blocklists.  However, blocklists are UNRELIABLE and their use is discouraged..
/usr/sbin/grub-setup: error: if you really want blocklists, use --force.

Any ideas to solve this problem?

So you dual boot Windows/LInux? Are you trying to use Windows boot loader to boot linux or what? Sorry trying to understand your question better.
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Re: grub install

Postby micder on Thu Nov 04, 2010 4:04 pm

Yes, use Win bootloader to boot Windooz and Linux
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Re: grub install

Postby sgosnell on Thu Nov 04, 2010 7:07 pm

Not a good idea. Windows does not play well with other systems. Better to use grub to boot Windows, that works fine.
Asus eee-pc 900 w/ 32GB SSD.
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Re: grub install

Postby crborga on Thu Nov 04, 2010 8:13 pm

I found this post which should work with WIndows 7/Vista Loader to boot Linux
http://port25.technet.com/archive/2006/10/13/Using-Vista_2700_s-Boot-Manager-to-Boot-Linux-and-Dual-Booting-with-BitLocker-Protection-with-TPM-Support.aspx

I highly suggest using Grub2 or Burg as the bootloader as It is a much simple process.
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Re: grub install

Postby micder on Sun Nov 07, 2010 8:26 am

Thank you all for your time and effort.
It's still not clear to me how to install grub on my root partitition.
Use the windows bootloader for years without any problem.
Boot Slack, which is my workhouse for everything except Lightroom, and lots of other distros.
How to force grub installation on sda7?
LMDE is the 1st distro which gives me no other choice than sda
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Re: grub install

Postby wayne128 on Sun Nov 07, 2010 8:42 am

How to force grub installation on sda7?
try this
grub-install --force --root-directory=/test /dev/sda7
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