[ILUG-BOM] cannot boot into GNU/Linux
Sun Nov 17 03:04:26 IST 2002
I am facing somewhat wierd problem. I have
Toshiba Laptop (Satellite 1410, Celeron 1.8GHz, 256MB
RAM, NVIDIA GeForce4 420 Go Processor with 16 MB VRAM,
30 GB Hitachi IDE Harddisk, Windows XP preinstalled).
I partitioned the harddisk using Partition Magic 7.0
into 15GB NTFS C: and 15GB E: FAT32. I installed
Redhat 7.2 into that. I made following partitions
swap 512MB actually that much was not needed ... but
Now Windows would boot without problem
(fortunately) but it would not go to GNU/Linux at all!
So I prepared a bootdisk with rawrite and went to
rescue mode. I had experimented with GRUB this time
which I don't have much idea about ;) In rescue mode
it would mount my file system to /mnt/sysimage. To my
surprise I found /boot partition empty! No vmlinuz
Some pages about GRUB had instructed me to type
"grub-install" on the command prompt. But that would
say "/sbin/grub not found". So I figured probably
this was becoz of the mounting the whole file system
to /mnt/sysimage. So I saw that grub-install is a
shell script I can modify. So I changed some
variables to reflect the new mounting. But now it
would give message that some file in
/mnt/sysimage/usr/i386... is missing! I cannot make
head to tail of that message.
One mistake that I have done which seems to be
quite common, while installing GRUB is I have not
labelled the Windows XP partition. Apart from that I
got one warning while installing that my architecture
may not support the partitioning that I have made. As
a GNU/Linux enthusiast I don't want to erase the
system that is installed and am trying to find a way
to make things work without it as I can.
The questions are:
1) Why /boot partition is empty?
2) Why GRUB would not load?
3) What I need to do without going thru the hassels
Electrical & Computer Engineering Department,
Auburn University, Auburn AL, USA.
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