Debian Multimedia :: Restore Or Reinstall GRUB2 From Squeeze Installation?

Sep 21, 2010

How can I restore or reinstall GRUB2 from squeeze installation? I tried various suggestions from various online articles (most of them for ubuntu), but I couldn't find a solution. Is there any solution, specifically for Debian? GRUB reinstallation from install cd, didn't worked as well. Since I couldn't boot at all, I restored GRUB1 and I'm posting from Lenny, but I can't access Squeeze this way (probably because I have squeeze's partition, ext4 formatted).

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Ubuntu Installation :: Restore Grub2 After Windows Reinstall?

Jan 19, 2010

My friend recently re-installed WinXP on his laptop, but I'm having trouble getting Grub2 working. I followed a guide online, but when I booted it back up again, I got a Grub prompt instead of a boot menu.

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Debian Installation :: Super Grub2 Will Work After Vista Reinstall

Mar 16, 2011

I have a dual boot system. I need dual boot as my dictation software is only available for Windows. In the future I am going to try a virtual machine, but dictation and audio did not work properly the last time I tried in VM. But unfortunately for now I have a dual boot machine with Vista and Debian 6. Unfortunately, I am going to have to reinstall Vista. Or to be more accurate I'm going to install the 64-bit version instead of the 32 bit that came with the computer. I have the 64-bit version that I no longer use from one of my other computers.

Anyway, I have to install Windows which will overwrite my grub2. Is there anyway I can make a backup or reinstall grub2 after I install Windows. I really don't want to reinstall Debian 6 squeeze. Can they make some sort of a backup of gurb2 before I do this. I checked out the Internet and I found something called Super Grub2. It apparently will allow me to boot back into Debain 6 so that I can install grub2 again. Assuming, Super Grub2 even works then how do I reinstall grub2 once a boot into Debian 6? Has anybody tried Super grub2, does it work? It's kind of hard to test it, with a working version of grub2.

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Debian Installation :: Reinstall Squeeze Without Broken Other Boot?

Jun 8, 2011

i'm used eeepc here the situation i've already install squeeze AMD64 KDE but i want to try using i386 gnome which is more friendly for my eeepc spec. problem is there other boot in my pc. i'm currently using win7, ubuntu 10.10 32 gnome, and ubuntu ultimate 64 gnome and i don't have external HDD.

Question is i want to remove all linux OS and keep my win7 is it ok if i'm using Gparted to delete all linux OS and then installing deb squeeze i386. my next project is to build portable server on eeepc.

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Debian Installation :: Unable To Use Grub2 In Squeeze AMD64

Feb 7, 2011

The way I usually boot Linux distros, and this has worked for every distro I have tried up to Kubuntu 10.10, was to install Grub2 on an extended partition, run "dd if=/dev/sda5 of=linux.bin bs=512 count=1", and then adding that bin file to my Windows boot.ini. What usually happens after is that I get the Grub2 menu after selecting it from the Windows Bootloader.

The problem is, with the latest Squeeze AMD64, all I get when I do this is a static cursor and the computer is frozen and I have to hit the reset button.I mounted the Linux partition with Ext2IFS (mkfs.ext3 -I128 /dev/sda5 to get 128KB inodes), and I can see that the Squeeze installer did indeed install Grub2, because I can see the files in their respective directories.

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Debian Installation :: Lenny - Squeeze Grub2 - No More Boot

Feb 28, 2011

Whenever I reboot, I get GRUB and the _ pinking, and that's it. With rescue cd I can have chroot shell, to troubleshoot I did the upgrade-from-grub-legacy and installed it to both /dev/sda and /dev/sdb In recovery I redid the upgrade-grub and grub-install commands but still have the same "GRUB and _ blinking".

Because the text "GRUB" and then nothing I didn't enouncter while googling, I need to ask here for further troubleshooting.

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Debian Installation :: Squeeze Grub2 Error 15 With LVM2 Encrypted Disk?

Feb 9, 2011

This is my specific solution to my specific problem. After updating to Squeeze from my prior Lenny distro (amd64 with whole disk encrytion using LVM2, dm-crypt, LUKS) everything went well - at first. I was duped like so many, thinking that all was well and I could remove the legacy-grub (aka: Grub1) and just use grub-pc (aka: Grub2). As soon as I removed the legacy-grub and rebooted my laptop, I was confronted with:

GRUB Loading stage1.5 GRUB loading, please wait..Error 15 At this point I wasn't sure if it was a Grub problem or a deeper encryption problem - especially after reading that some people had missing packages in Squeeze (lvm2, dm-setup, initramfs-tools, etc.)

Okay, the solution for me.

1. download and burn to disk: debian-live-6.0.0-amd64-rescue.iso[URL]..

2. scroll to and press enter/return on: text rescue

3. choose a root directory - for example: /dev/blah/root (I wrote down the list of possible /dev/.... for reference - this helped me remember where and what I had partitioned in Lenny)

4. choose: Execute a shell in /dev/blah/root

5. once in the shell, I discovered I needed to mount a few of those partitions that I had written down in order to get access to grub-probe, update-grub, grub-install, etc. You may not have to if your partitions are minimal. I you need to use other partitions, type (for example):


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Ubuntu Installation :: Reinstall Grub2 To Root Directory

May 17, 2011

I was dual booting Ubuntu and Windows, had to reinstall Windows, it wiped out grub, need to reinstall it now. Was following this: [URL]

Trying to reinstall grub with:
sudo grub-install --root-directory=/media/d566e91e-941f-4433-8dea-05d3bffb5669 /dev/sda6
Gives me the following error:
/usr/sbin/grub-setup: warn: Attempting to install GRUB to a partition instead of the MBR. This is a BAD idea..
/usr/sbin/grub-setup: warn: Embedding is not possible. GRUB can only be installed in this setup by using blocklists. However, blocklists are unreliable and their use is discouraged..
/usr/sbin/grub-setup: error: if you really want blocklists, use --force.
*edit more info* Ubuntu is installed on /dev/sda6 on a 50GB partition.

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 26 56830 456280064 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 * 56830 56843 102400 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda3 56843 70981 113561600 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda4 70981 77826 54979585 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 77096 77826 5859328 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda6 70981 77096 49120256 83 Linux

Partition table entries are not in disk order So, I didn't want to do anything and screw things up. I want to boot with grub and not MBR. What should I do?

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Debian Configuration :: Squeeze: GPT Support In Grub2?

Feb 14, 2011

I have just upgraded from Lenny to Squeeze, and followed the D-I recommendation to upgrade to Grub2. However, the server will no longer boot - giving a 'missing operating system' error, so it's not getting very far in the boot loader process. I have read, in various location that Grub2 supports GPT, but my efforts to fix the situation have met with little success.

I have managed to boot the system using SuperGrub2 (recovery live cd) and can start up successfully from there. However, when I try to fix the grub installation using the Debian wiki recommendation, I'm met with:

<host>:/# grub-install /dev/sda
/usr/sbin/grub-setup: warn: This GPT partition label has no BIOS Boot Partition; embedding won't be possible!.


The attached disk is 4.5TB of RAID 5 disk behind an Adaptec 5405 if that's useful.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Restore Wubi After Windows Reinstall - Error: No Such Disk

Jul 4, 2011

I decided it was time to reinstall Windows 7 because it became increasingly slow. I know that there's a different solution to solve this problem, but as a user I'm just more satisfied with the noob friendliness of Windows. However, I know that it has its drawbacks so I had a dual boot setup with Wubi (30GB). My old configuration was as follows:

C: partition of size ~80GB with Windows 7 x64 installed
D: partition of size ~400GB with data and a wubi ubuntu at D:/ubuntu

So what I did was this:

- Backup all my personal files and D:/ubuntu on a external hdd
- Wipe the partitions using the windows installer
- Create a C: of 100GB and a D: of 380GB
- install windows 7 x64 on the C: partition

Now I would like to restore my backup of the old D:/ubuntu to a working dual boot system. I realize I may have missed some opportunities and the data may be gone, but I only found out about that when it was too late. I have tried installing wubi, and replacing the new ubuntu folder with the old one, but this did not work.

error: no such device: 9054698454696DC2
error: no such disk

I have also tried replacing only the root.disk file, with the same result. I searched for other people's solutions, but they did not seem to work in my case.

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Ubuntu Installation :: Restore Grub2 Splash Graphics?

Apr 6, 2010

I installed Ubuntu on my system after first installing Kubuntu. Now when I boot into Kubuntu I have this garish mashup of Ubuntu and Kubuntu splash screens. They are mixed up in both the grub2 boot and the Kubuntu login.I tried running sudo update-grub within Kubuntu but that didn't change the screens. How do I restore the default (elegant) Kubuntu splash screens?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Can't Restore GRUB2; Can't Mount Partition?

Apr 29, 2011

I get the error - 'You must specify the filesystem type'.I used the syntax on the GRUB2 page:mount /dev/sdb3 /mnt but it returns the above error.Is there additional parameters to the code???

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Software :: Best For Bare Metal Restore On Debian Squeeze / X86 Platform

Mar 12, 2011

I'm running a x86-based Debian Squeeze LAMP server which is also my gateway between my home network and the big wide world (Shorewall/Shorewall6) As you can guess, when (as it did just recently) the hardware dies and needs to be replaced, the rebuild of a machine which has been tuned and tweaked over years is "interesting", to say the least. I am looking for some software which will allow me to do a bare-metal restore of the software and setups (data is accommodated already, so that part can be ignored) I'd like to use something to create a boot disc (CD/DVD) that I can put in a new machine and get my original setup installed on the new tin automatically.

I looked at Mondo, it looks ideal, but Google hints at problems with GRUB, and incompatibilities with Debian the questions are:
1) Has anyone run Mondo on Debian Squeeze successfully?
2) Is there a good howto for Mondo on Debian?
3) Is there an alternative that runs on Debian and that fits my requirements?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Reinstall On Dell Mini Via System Restore - Boot Error

Feb 1, 2010

My Mini13 came with hardy preloaded, and it's got pretty messed up since, so I'd like to restore factory OS via a grub entry that looks like this:
title System Restore
root (hd0,2)
chainloader +1

This points to a partition which, when mounted, has this stuff in it:
bootfs.img initrd0.img logo.png syslinux.cfg vmlinuz
boot.msg install.cfg ldlinux.sys rootfs.img vesamenu.c32

I'm not a computer, but that looks pretty good to me but when I select this grub option it just says:
Boot Error
Is there a log or something that might give me more info about the error?

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Dec 12, 2010

Last week, something I did blew away my Windows boot partition and, until Dell shipped me the installation disk (why didn't they send it with the machine? That's another issue.) I was forced to work from the Ubuntu live disk. After using

bootrec.exe /fixboot
bootrec.exe /fixmbr


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Debian Configuration :: Squeeze Grub2 Made Console Font Green

Apr 1, 2010

After an update on squeeze about a week or two ago, my console font turned green. I'm not exactly sure of the timing, because I switch between lenny and squeeze, and some time passed between the update and the reboot in squeeze.

During the update, I was asked if I wanted to keep my altered /etc/grub.d/00_header or take the package maintainer's version. I took the PM's version, knowing I'd lose my edit (set gfxpayload=1024x768x16). When I add that line to the new 00_header, run update-grub and reboot, the console font is the size I want, but it's a dull green. Reminds me of my first computer. How do I get it back to white and keep the 1024x768 resolution?

Currently booting with grub-legacy and chainloading grub2. If I boot entirely with grub-legacy, and pass vga=791, the console font will be white. It doesn't matter which kernel I use. Currently, I'm running 2.6.32-3-686. Same behavior exists if I use 2.6.30-2-686. If I use 1024x768x8 I get a dull gray instead of dull green.

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Sep 1, 2011

so i've just installed Burg loader in a PC which dual-booted Windows 7 and Ubuntu 11.04 with no problem using grub2 in the past. But after i installed burg it just boots up straight into the Windows OS and Ubuntu is nowhere to be found. Is there a way to restore grub2 preferably without having to lose any files?

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Debian Multimedia :: Brand New Squeeze Installation Hangs At Gdm Startup?

Jun 6, 2011

Like the subject says, the whole system just hangs at gdm startup. No mouse or keyboard response. Didn't have this problem with lenny. My guess is there might be a problem with the graphics drivers. The box has ati rage 128 pro graphics card.

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Feb 7, 2011

I have a dual boot system with windows XP on one drive and Debian "Lenny"on the second drive. I use the entire hard drive for the debian install. I decided to upgrade to "Squeeze" this weekend. The install went well until I got to the Grub installation. I received a message saying that "A step failed", continue and try another option. I elected to "finish the install" without Grub2. everything continued to go accordingly until it was time to boot into the new system. I was able to boot into Squeeze, but not back into windows. Does something have to be changed in the /etc/grub/menu.lst.? This has proven to be somewhat of a challenge and I sure could use some feedback here.

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Jun 18, 2010

I'm a hardcore ubuntu user and have ubuntu 10.04 on my dell Inspiron 1525. I dual booted it with fedora 13 recently and fedora grub has wiped out ubuntu grub2. I want to re-install grub2.

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OpenSUSE :: How To Restore GNOME Without Reinstall 11.4?

Jul 3, 2011

I have installed OpenSUSE 11.4 with GNOME and it works perfect. But when i tried to uninstall Mozilla Firefox with other Mozilla adds, it began to uninstall all default gnome apps. And my GNOME menu and desk was empty. I tried to set back apps and to install again Mozilla stuff with other GNOME apps, so some apps has restored but main menu has half apps not like default. But after restart OS startet with IceWM, not with GNOME at all... So how to restore GNOME default mode without reinstalling OpenSUSE?

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Feb 14, 2010

I want to reinstall windows to its partition on my computer, but I want to be able to restore grub2 afterwards. I use a lot of custom scripts in the /etc/grub.d/ directory on my ubuntu partition, so how can I reinstall grub to the MBR using those specific scripts? Just running "sudo install-grub" or "sudo update-grub" doesn't work for me (I don't know the exact problems, but I can't reproduce it right now). If there's a way to install just the defaults (without overriding my custom scripts!) maybe I can just do that, but I'd really like to put the live cd, run a few commands, and install those custom scripts to the mbr and be on my way.

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May 4, 2010

After have the gui completly f***d up with an upgrade that messed up kde, I'm about to restore the original kde from the installation dvd (11.1) but there is no particular options to only restore kde, so I have concerns concerning some of those applications compiled and installed after the original installation (two years backward). I also updated the kernel to make things work with vmware...I don't want to loose time to recompile all the different stuff I need to work with linux.

Is there a way to be sure (by renaming /usr /bin /sbin for example) to keep the kernel alive (with libraries and headers) and all applications that were working very good before I did this update for kde (I won't do this again trust me)?The kde group never told me how restore kde from the original dvd so I'm a little disappointed because the system is working ok in run level 3.only kde is dead.I'll dig deeper before doing the reinstallation of suse 11.1...

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Sep 2, 2010

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Sep 30, 2010

I started with a Pentium4 system with a FX5500 AGP card and now have a i3 with integrated Intel video (Auburndale). The new motherboard is ASUS P7H55-M PRO. The monitor is a Acer AL1916 (LCD) with only VGA input. I have been using the nVidia oprietary drivers installed the "Debian way" (Cf using a Debian stable stock kernel.I first renamed xorg.conf so X would start without one. Once gdm starts, the monitor says the input is not supported. So I tried reusing the old xorg.conf file, changing the "nvidia" to "i810". X then fails to start and shows an error of no screens found.Everything is fine in text mode; only X is not working.I have to get this fixed very quick or I might not get to use Linux at work anymore.

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Dec 1, 2010

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Aug 9, 2010

I recently (for about the third time) HAD to re-install Windows 7. It just wouldn't boot and unfortunately I have some proprietary software that I need to use. Anyway, this is the first time I've had to do so since installing Lucid (64bit, fresh install). My problem now is, when I re-installed Grub2 (using the same methods that have previously worked flawlessly) to recover it after re-installing windows, only windows shows up in the grub menu, showing options to boot to Windows on sda1 and another to boot to Windows on sda2.

I grabed a "boot info script" from Rubi1200 and this is what I got..
Boot Info Script 0.55 dated February 15th, 2010
Boot Info Summary:
=> Grub 2 is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda and looks on the same drive in
partition #1 for /grub .....

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Aug 14, 2010

This is closely related to a recent thread of mine that I unfortunately marked as solved prematurely. I'll try to keep it brief this time. After editing partitions I was left with a boot problem, namely "error: no such partition" and I am dropped at the 'grub rescue>' prompt. I can issue the appropriate grub commands and successfully boot the current kernel. Once booted, I executed 'sudo update-grub' and then /boot/grub/grub.cfg was rewritten with all drive and partition references correct. Likewise, /etc/fstab is also correct.

The problem comes when I attempt to reboot. I still get the 'no such partition' message and the 'set' command reveals that grub is still trying to reference the old partition. I've never encountered this problem before under similar circumstances. I'm guessing that this info must be stored in the disk's MBR as well as in grub.cfg because that file looks completely correct. Am I going to have to reinstall grub now?

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Dec 6, 2010

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Jun 23, 2011

I finally installed Squeeze on my laptop and found out that the XF86Audio multimedia keys do not work.

When I press them, they're correctly identified by xev but they do not produce the desired effect (raise/lower/mute volume, play/pause/stop/prev/next song in media players like Sonata).

Funnily enough though, they do work in Audacious, which has its own plugin to manage XF86Audio media keys.

So it's like the action of pressing these keys is not intercepted by the system and no event is triggered.

I think this might be due to a missing package or configuration but I have no idea where to look...

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