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Need Urgent Help With Linux Mint 8 - Main Ed

Postby kemooo17 on Mon Apr 05, 2010 9:02 pm

I just installed Linux Mint 8 -main edititon besides windows vista on my toshiba laptop and then i eneterd windows vista and Formatted 2 Partitons which contain stuff i dont need and also edited and added some new Partitons and then restarted the PC and this Error Message Apeared
GRUB Loading..
error: unknown filesystem
grub rescue>

so please i need help with this issue urgently ..because i use the laptop for work

Thank you1


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Re: Need Urgent Help With Linux Mint 8 - Main Ed

Postby GhoS on Mon Apr 05, 2010 11:00 pm

I'm kinda guessing here but when you formatted those partitions did they have an existing operating system on them? Also did you at least put a file system on them? It could be Grub detected an operating system before and now its confused. Hopefully you didn't delete part of your Linux as at minimum usually you have 2 partitions for it.
In Windows you can use a program called EasyBSD that can look at your grub and help change settings, but it sounds like you are missing something Grub needs.
I'm sure someone else can provide some other info, just trying to get you a start.
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Re: Need Urgent Help With Linux Mint 8 - Main Ed

Postby breaker on Tue Apr 06, 2010 4:30 am

The quickest way to help you is to have you boot the Linux Mint 8 Live CD and reinstall grub2, MAKE SURE you know which drive is which, use
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sudo fdisk -l
in the terminal to give you a clue. Use the chroot method for the most assured results; https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2 ... m%20LiveCD (METHOD 3)

Also, the same wiki has commands you can use from the grub rescue shell to try to boot.... type help at the shell also.

Otherwise dl and run and post the RESULTS.TXT from the boot info script as noted in another thread I started in this forum. :)
rtfm - read the fine manual...
Boot info script: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1291280
grub2 https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2
PC-BIOS based booting, mbr, boot records; http://thestarman.pcministry.com/
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Re: Need Urgent Help With Linux Mint 8 - Main Ed

Postby kemooo17 on Tue Apr 06, 2010 7:29 am

GhoS wrote:I'm kinda guessing here but when you formatted those partitions did they have an existing operating system on them? Also did you at least put a file system on them? It could be Grub detected an operating system before and now its confused. Hopefully you didn't delete part of your Linux as at minimum usually you have 2 partitions for it.
In Windows you can use a program called EasyBSD that can look at your grub and help change settings, but it sounds like you are missing something Grub needs.
I'm sure someone else can provide some other info, just trying to get you a start.

I just Formatted partations which contain stuff i dont need and then Added and Edited some partations from windows vista
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Re: Need Urgent Help With Linux Mint 8 - Main Ed

Postby mick55 on Tue Apr 06, 2010 7:42 am

kemooo17 wrote:I just Formatted partations which contain stuff i dont need and then Added and Edited some partations from windows vista


Adding and/or deleting partitions causes all the partitions to renumber and
this has obviously confused GRUB as to where to look for your Mint install.

Running the command "sudo fdisk -l" as recommended above will tell us
what the partitions have now changed to.

You will get an output similar to this:-
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Disk /dev/hda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xf058f058

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hda1   *           1        3648    29302528+   7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hda2            3649       60801   459081472+   f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/hda5            3649       53045   396781371    7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hda6           56909       56977      554211   82  Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/hda7           56978       60801    30716248+  83  Linux
/dev/hda8           53046       56908    31029516   83  Linux

The ball is now in your court. :wink:

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Re: Need Urgent Help With Linux Mint 8 - Main Ed

Postby kemooo17 on Tue Apr 06, 2010 9:06 am

mick55 wrote:
kemooo17 wrote:I just Formatted partations which contain stuff i dont need and then Added and Edited some partations from windows vista


Adding and/or deleting partitions causes all the partitions to renumber and
this has obviously confused GRUB as to where to look for your Mint install.

Running the command "sudo fdisk -l" as recommended above will tell us
what the partitions have now changed to.

You will get an output similar to this:-
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Disk /dev/hda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xf058f058

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hda1   *           1        3648    29302528+   7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hda2            3649       60801   459081472+   f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/hda5            3649       53045   396781371    7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hda6           56909       56977      554211   82  Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/hda7           56978       60801    30716248+  83  Linux
/dev/hda8           53046       56908    31029516   83  Linux

The ball is now in your court. :wink:

cheers
mick


after running sudo fdisk -l

i got these results
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Disk /dev/sda: 250.1 GB, 250059350016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x07b9f73d

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1               1         192     1536000   27  Unknown
Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sda2   *         192        4761    36700160    7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda3            4761        8585    30720000    7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda4            8585       27667   153272327    f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda5            8585       13685    40960000    7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda6           13685       18784    40960000    7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda7           18784       23884    40960000    7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda8           23884       27667    30389248    7  HPFS/NTFS

hope you could help me with it
Thanks!
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Re: Need Urgent Help With Linux Mint 8 - Main Ed

Postby mick55 on Tue Apr 06, 2010 9:38 am

The output of the command "sudo fdisk -l" shows NO Linux partitions.

All the partitions shown are NTFS Windows partitions.

You apparently deleted the Linux partitions from within Vista.

Windows cannot see Linux partitions and they may have
appeared to you as empty partitions.

I am sorry to tell you, Mint 8 is gone.
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Re: Need Urgent Help With Linux Mint 8 - Main Ed

Postby kemooo17 on Tue Apr 06, 2010 9:47 am

mick55 wrote:The output of the command "sudo fdisk -l" shows NO Linux partitions.

All the partitions shown are NTFS Windows partitions.

You apparently deleted the Linux partitions from within Vista.

Windows cannot see Linux partitions and they may have
appeared to you as empty partitions.

I am sorry to tell you, Mint 8 is gone.


is there any thing i can do right now or i just have to reinstall LinuxMint again
hope that you advice me because right now i cant even enter Vista or do anything
Thank you very much!
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Re: Need Urgent Help With Linux Mint 8 - Main Ed

Postby mick55 on Tue Apr 06, 2010 9:58 am

My advice is to get Vista working first, and then reinstall Mint.

To that end, download the Vista Recovery Disk, boot it up and you will
have Vista working in about 5 minutes.

http://neosmart.net/blog/2008/windows-vista-recovery-disc-download/
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