Some of this is my fault.
I upgraded to a 160GB HDD, brand spanking new, and tried to 'Ghost' my existing Linux mint setup to the new HDD (thinking that since Ghost 2003 was EXT2 compatible, it would be fine...)
I didnt realise that it would mess up Grub, and I certainly didnt expect my original Mint install to be damaged in any way. But it was also rendered unbootable.
I was lucky in that I'd already made a /home partition to keep my documents on, and managed to copy that partition onto the new HDD with rsync.
I wiped the MBR on the old HDD with dd, and made the old drive one whole blank partition then tried to install Mint Elyssa onto the initial partition of the new HDD.
Somehow, the Mint Install will not install grub. I have had to manually copy stage1, e2fs_stage1_5 and stage 2 to /boot/grub on the mint partition from /usr/lib/grub on the LiveCD and tried, using a guide to dualbooting, making a new menu.lst. I then installed it using the grub shell from terminal.
This is not 100% functional, but my inexperienced eye cannot see where the fault is. It is pastebinned here http://pastebin.com/m3e51907a
Here is a ls of my /boot on the system partition. I labelled it and went thru media to ensure I had the right partition, btw.
mint@mint /media/MintGnome/boot/grub $ ls
e2fs_stage1_5 menu.lst rain_drops_splash.xpm.gz stage1 stage2
mint@mint /media/MintGnome/boot/grub $ cd..
bash: cd..: command not found
mint@mint /media/MintGnome/boot/grub $ cd /media/MintGnome/boot
mint@mint /media/MintGnome/boot $ ls
mint@mint /media/MintGnome/boot $
Can anyone see what's missing?
I forgot to mention,
Where booting now fails -
option 1 complains error 15: file not found pressany key, and takes me back to Grub menu.
option 2 (recovery option) begins booting fine, but only reaches
[92.237177] /build/buildd/linux2.6.24/drivers/HID/USBHID/hid-core.c:v2.6 USB HID core driver
I havent tested other options on the list because 1) right now they are leftover code from the example menu.lst I'm working from 2)all bar the memtest code will be deleted soon.