You could use your liveCD to reinstall Grub.Grub shows rescue prompt (and does not continue to boot)
You may have a buggy bios and the location of your /boot/* files is not under the 1024 cylinder boundary. Create a small partition on the beginning of the disk, mount it as /mnt/b, cp -av /boot/* /mnt/b; umount /mnt/b; mount /dev/small_partition /boot; grub-install /dev/<device>.
broadw wrote:Thanks for the help, guys... unfortunately, nothing is working, and I'm spending hours on the web trying to find a solution.
One thing... I'm using Mint 8. Is that still using Grub 1, or is it on Grub 2 also? Mint 8 is what's installed on the hard drive, as well as the LiveCD I'm using as I try to fix things.
Thanks again! And btw, I did not make any changes to my BIOS.
sudo fdisk -l
sudo fsck /dev/sda5
sudo fsck -fyc /dev/sda5
Grub 2 is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda and looks on the same drive in
partition #5 for /boot/grub.
Several Linux distributions have chosen aufs as a replacement for UnionFS, including:
* Knoppix live CD Linux distribution - since the end of 2006, "for better stability & performance"
* Slax (and Linux-Live scripts in general) since version 6
* Xandros Linux distribution, available in the ASUS Eee PC model 901.
* Arch Linux 2009.08 onward
broadw wrote:GOT IT WORKING!!!!
Thanks guys, I got it working now!! I wouldn't have been able to do it without you, that's for sure!
After I burned the gparted ISO, I booted that up as a LiveCD, deleted partitions 3 and 4.
I shut down Gparted, then booted up the Mint 9 DXLE LiveCD. Installed Mint 9 on the new, now open 64GB of space on the
hard drive, and it looks like everything is working.
In the Bonehead Department, I had a 1TB external drive hooked up for backing up everything before I deleted sda3 and sda4.
I didn't turn it off, and the first time I installed Mint 9, I wound up installing it on the 1TB extrernal drive, not my netbook's
hard drive... DOH! I let it complete, and then shut it off, and reinstalled it onto my hard drive, and now everything is working great
Mint and Windows XP. THANKS AGAIN!
The whole thing took me 3 hours tonight though. I love Linux Mint, but when things start to go wrong, it is painful and extremely
time consuming for a newbie. We literally have to rely on the kindness of strangers like you, and your help is greatly appreciated!
Speaking of which, I would like to learn more about Linux now (and Mint especially, of course). The Mint manual is nice, but it is
basic and I'd like to learn more about commands and their structure. I have been working with computers since I was a kid in the
80s, so I have some experience with older OS's. Do you have any recommendations for reading (online or book form), to help
me get into this? Someday I hope to be able to help people like you guys did for me, so I can return the favor.
Now if I could just get the microphone and webcam working with my Asus 1005HAB, I would literally delete Windows XP altogether!
It didn't work under Mint 8 either, so I'll just keep at it.
Thanks again for your great help, and let me know if you can point me in the right direction for learning more about Linux.
and let me know if you can point me in the right direction for learning more about Linux.
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