I decided to use a M$oft windows program Norton ghost to backup the whole disk so I could then put it on to another disk to install lots of other programs on to the second copy and still have the first one untouched. So far sounds a good idea, I thought. So I backed it up to an usb external drive, then went for lunch came out forgot where I was and replaced the original with the copy ! Of course this messed up and now grub doesn't boot up and just sits there thumbing it's nose at me. Grub does not even start so what can I do other than never use Ghost again of course !
this is a copy of what is present in the grub menu.lst if it helps.....
title Linux Mint, kernel 2.6.20-16-generic
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.20-16-generic root=UUID=28401410-52fb-4537-8997-20322d187203 ro quiet splash
title Linux Mint, kernel 2.6.20-16-generic (recovery mode)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.20-16-generic root=UUID=28401410-52fb-4537-8997-20322d187203 ro single
title Linux Mint, kernel 2.6.20-15-generic
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.20-15-generic root=UUID=28401410-52fb-4537-8997-20322d187203 ro quiet splash
title Linux Mint, kernel 2.6.20-15-generic (recovery mode)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.20-15-generic root=UUID=28401410-52fb-4537-8997-20322d187203 ro single
title Linux Mint, memtest86+
### END DEBIAN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST
# This is a divider, added to separate the menu items below from the Debian
title Other operating systems:
# This entry automatically added by the Debian installer for a non-linux OS
# on /dev/sdb1
title Microsoft Windows XP Professional
map (hd0) (hd2)
map (hd2) (hd0)
Thnaks to all in advance.