Fedora Installation :: Forgot To Install Bootloader - How To Do So From Live CD
Dec 9, 2009
I've installed Fedora to dual-boot with Ubuntu. I'm using /dev/sda1 for Ubuntu, and /dev/sda3 for Fedora. Unfortunately, I unchecked the "Install boot loader" checkbox, so I still have the Ubuntu boot loader but no way to boot Fedora. While still logged into the Fedora Live CD, how can I install the Fedora boot loader to /dev/sda3 and set it up to chainload from Ubuntu's GRUB menu? (I'm thinking it would be 'grub-install /dev/sda3' as root, and then just edit /dev/sda1:/boot/grub/menu.lst, but I'd like confirmation.)
I've been a casual Ubuntu user for a little over a year via Wubi. Wubi stopped working for me, failing to load Ubuntu, and instead giving me some console message about BusyBox 1.13.3 dropping into a shell. I poked around, and found posts by other wubi uses having a similar issue, and that a frequent recommendation was to install Ubuntu via Live CD; so I uninstalled Ubuntu from WindowsXP, made a LiveCD, and installed it.
I got to a point in the Live CD install where it wanted me to reboot. Instead I got a screen full of I/O errors, corresponding to a drv0 sector, or some such. I ended up using the reset button on the box. I was AFK during the reboot, so I don't know if a bootloader screen ever came up, but now it just loads WinXp with no choice to boot Ubuntu.From WinXp I can see the Live CD was successful in creating it's own partition (as WinXp has gone from 80 to 50GB as planned). Windows seems to be fine, though.
I've been using Ubuntu on my servers, deskto PC and laptop. But this time I decided to give a try for Fedora 13. Earlier my tests failed because of nVidia driver installation for every kernel update was so pain for me. Fedora's Live CD is quite stripped. It has good tools installed but it's missing OpenOffice.org. That should be mostly for demostration to Windows users.Installation with Live CD is straight forward even I haven't tried with Windows partitions (shrink or so). Ubuntu can be installed inside Windows drive (into loop file) without shrinking partitions. I don't know if Fedora can do the same.
But issues what I have got even before getting in... Disk partition tools are very great. But when I tried to install Fedora into LVM without using separate /boot partition - that failed. I am using Ubuntu's GRUB2 and it can boot from LVM root directly. And I thought Fedora-13 can do the same. I have been installing Red Hat Enterprise Linuxes many many times. And there is an option to skip bootloader installation. Why it is missing on Fedora? I just want Fedora into LVM without anything else. Ubuntu's GRUB2 can boot from Fedora's /boot -directory even it's on LVM. If I get Fedora installed.
So error what I get trying to install Fedora...Harddrive sda has just one big LVM partition, nothing else. Ubuntu GRUB2 is on MBR.I have just one 10Gb LV for Fedora, existing /home and swap. Plus Ubuntu's own root partition what I don't need with Fedora.partitioning program is completed as I like but then I get error message: Bootable partitions cannot be on a logical volume. I have tried to install using Live CD, DVD with graphics and text modes. None of them gives me option to skip installing bootloader. Another option I had on my mind is that I could try to use USB memory stick to have /boot. But I'm not sure if it works and installer will overwrite my existing GRUB2 on sda. If it works then I could move /boot -stuff into LVM and tell Ubuntu's GRUB2 to boot from Fedora's root LVM.
I'm currently in the process of installing F13 from a LiveCD into a dualboot configuration with Windows 7 and I used 80 gigs of unpartitioned space for the install.The step after it creates the boot, swap etc partitions is to install the bootloader.Should I install it to the MBR or to the first sector of the boot partition? What are the pros and cons of both?
Fedora installs fine, and the bootloader installs to sda3. I use rEFIt to allow me to boot to my Linux partition, but when I do I get "no bootable device". I have done a little reading and have found people have problems doing with this with GRUB (default Fedora bootloader). So what I would like to do is try installing LILO or maybe even GRUB2. how to change the bootloader Fedora installs from the Live CD?
I'm on Windows XP and don't have enough room on my HD to install ubuntu so I decided to put it on an external USB drive - but when I did it I didn't know about the advanced bit in the install so when I tried to boot I destroyed my MBR for windows and it wouldn't boot - so I did fixmbr from the windows recovery console and now I can boot into windows but can't boot from the USB Drive
I have a major problem installing opensuse 11.3 on my computer( hp pavilion dv6).I downloaded openSUSE-11.3-GNOME-LiveCD-x86_64 from software.opensuse.org: Download openSUSE 11.3 and made a live usb.I'm a newbie at using linux infact i never used another operating system beside windows.Now i have installed windows 7 (on c disk 100gb).My first problem when i am trying to install opensuse is that he dosn't automatic choose to make my partitions so i have to do it manualy.I was searching how to make it the best way so i desited to make 4 partitons one for ' /boot' one for ' / 'one for '/home' and a swap partition/In windows7 i made 4 new partitons
3:10 gb for /boot 4:10 gb for/ 5:70 gb for /user 6:10 gb for /swap
My first question is :Is this right to make 4 paritions in windows (opensuse can't format or resize my partitions it just can edit it ) so it's my only way to make partitions( If this is wrong how can i make partitions then)
My second question is how to change the bootloader configurtation because everytime when ii try to install opensuse it stops at about 96% and it says to reconfigure the bootloader options.
If i skip this i get the folowing message
=== System Checking === Checking for /usr/bin/chroot binary... Passed Checking for chroot directory /mnt... Passed Checking for chroot directory content (bin boot Checking for binary /mnt/bin/ls... Passed Trying to chroot... Failed
This usb-memory-stick loaded wtih fedora11 and 4GB space for persistence runs nicely When I click install icon and choose "shrink other partitions" or "use free space for installing", it aborts.I've tried installing on C hard drive and on 300GB-usb-disk with lots of free space; still won't work
So lets start with my laptop. I am currently running windows vista 64-bit and I usually experiment with linux on a virtual machine but I decided to try and put it on as a dual boot os. I have x3 320gb hdd (7200rpm) on raid5, x2 1gb nvidia gtx go running sli, 8gb ram, 2.8ghz core2 quad, and random other things that aren't important. Point is that my system should run anything I throw at it.
So I downloaded Fedora 11 from a torrent and burned the iso to a disk. When I run it, it pretends its going to run it, it comes up with a log and loads stuff and all. But then it just hangs.. it doesn't do anything, no live starts, no nothing. Its just a blank screen with a blinking underscore in the top left "_" so I type and my typing shows up and thats it. Any other time I've used Linux I've never had to put in a command or anything to start, so I don't know what the problem is.
i am not sure where to post this issue since i am using RC4 of FC12 so posting it here.I am using the Live-CD to install FC12-RC4, it is gnome x86_64. The issue is as follows:I never had this with OpenSuSE. Mandriva & Ubuntu all of which is the latest release. Why the installer has to initialize the hard disk?
For the last two releases I've used pre-upgrade ( F11>F12>F13 ). While F13 is working OK it's showing one or two minor glitches, such as the odd hang and sometimes part of the Gnome taskbar doesn't load. I realise these may be just F13 issues, but in case they're due to accumulated errors in two updates I'm planning to back up and do a clean install of F14 - once the feeding frenzy has died down.
The question, as posed in the title, is whether to D/L the full DVD or install from a live CD and add the apps I need. For instance, I don't need to network with my other computers - data transfer is by ' sneakernet ' with a pen drive - and I'm sure there's quite a bit else I can live without which the standard DVD install will contain, such as chat. Conversely, I'll be installing some extras such as Google Earth using AutoX.So basically, will installing from a live CD be any real benefit or will I just be making work fro myself? I frequently notice updates which don't seem to have much to do with the apps I use regularly, but they may contain essential dependencies.
I am helping my pal to get into Debian (yes first timer).He is running W7 on a 500G SATA HDD and he has another 250G SATA HDD that he wants Debian to go to.Will Debian install grub on the master bootloader even if the installation is going on a separate hard drive?I have dual boot before but on the same hard drive.
I am installing version 10.10. Does it matter where I install the bootloader? There are selections for the entire device and each partition. I have Windows 7 on /dev/sda1 and Ubuntu on /dev/sda3. The last time I tried this I couldn't go back to Windows 7 even after using the grub-update commands.
I have seen multiple others with this problem, I now have it too. I had Ubuntu 10.10 installed on my entire disk, then I installed Fedora 15 with it. The resizing-the-disk went smoothly, everything is great, but now when I turn on my machine, I get no grub, no boot loader, nothing. I just get thrown right into Fedora. I saw on a few other posts that if you manage to get into Ubuntu, you can open a terminal and type something along the lines of sudo grub update, and that would do the trick. The only issue is that I can't even get into ubuntu. I also was told that if you boot from a livecd you can edit the boot config, or view it, or something. I'm pretty new to all this "bootloader grub" jazz, and am hopelessly confused. How do I make it so that upon startup, I am able to choose between Ubuntu and Fedora?
i have a hp dv6707us with windows vista and i'm trying to install fedora 10 x86_64 from a live cd, when i try to use the live cd it shows a screen saying that it will boot after 10 seconds, then appears a black screen with a loading bar with fedora 10 word next to it when the bar becomes completely white along with the word fedora 10 it doesnt happens anything and any indication of what could be wrong then i type enter and it reads the live cd for a while then a black screen with a blinking cursor appears and yet nothing happens i wait until i get bored and cancel the all the process.
I recently started trying fedora 10 out on live cd (in my case usb ) and loving it. I want to install it, should I get the dvd image, or would it be okay for me to just install off live cd (usb) and install whatever I want through the package manager later... Why/why not? Also on live usb, I can't find the package manager under applications.
This is my Fedora 11 installation review:The pc (cd2, 7600gs, 2gb ram) boots ok from any of the many Fedora live cd/dvd.After booting it goes to a nice window with a (3 colored flashing forward motion) tollbar at the bottom, where the words Generic 11 are written at the bottom right.
So far so good: no questions to answer, the Dvd is speaning out loud. 2 min later the above mentioned screen changes into a b&w verbose mode sreen.After a dozen of written lines, where the last one says "bridge firewalling ..." the drive noise gradually extinguishes, its red light turns off, the b&w verbose screen dies and even the Pc looks like dead too. Could be waiting here until next day, nothing more happens. So, I do various alt/ctrl/del, until the Cd/dvd (liteon) ejects and the pc reboots.
This is really CRAZZY. Lately I'v been trying many different distribution installations and this never happened. It's equal with any of the many fedora live cd/dvd's, window manager's, 32/64 bit. I did try last week, 2weeks before, today.... and did also try fedora Omega but is the same result at the end.I wonder if this is just me, missing some Fedora fundamental specific thing, or if ithis has happened to some of you.I browsed and searched but this looks like an uncommon issue, as I didn't find nothing similar.
I just upgraded two 11.2 installations. One I easily managed from the dvd the other I had to install anew as the cd didn't offer the possibility of upgrading. While I appreciated the many improvements in desktop stability I found I am non very satisfied of the installer.
It became minimal and just does what IT wants and not what I want anymore. I miss the possibility of choosing desktops, programmes and settings during installation. Most of all I miss the possibility of choosing the bootloader and its location. I have a multi boot multi disk machine and I prefer to modify entries by hand so i never install the loader but add the new entry in the grub but this was not possible and it made just a mess erasing completely all other entries....
Booting has always been a great problem for one of my machines and I'm not going to upgrade it if thisi is the result. Is there a way of going back to the old options (no loader?) Why are the new installer always "easier" but less flexible for a user who's not geek but not even a newbie? Why does it have always to be more "Windows like"
I dual boot Ubuntu, and Windows 7 on my WD Scorpio Black 1TB hard drive (if the HD matters). I burned a CD to install Ubuntu 10.10 (32bit Desktop). The installation was going smoothly until I got an error that it cannot install the Bootloader to /dev/sda, I tried all the partitions under that (/dev/sda1, 2, 3). And NONE of them worked. When it rebooted it went to "grub recovery" where I could no enter anything.
I had to reinstall Ubuntu 10.04 to get my computer back and it's now dual-booting Windows 7 and Ubuntu 10.04 again. This is a major issue and it's completely preventing me from installing Ubuntu 10.10 on my machine.
I have been using Ubuntu almost since it began, and I've never had an issue like this before. I do a clean install of every major new release. I want Ubuntu 10.10
I have a Dell 17R Dual Booted with Win7 and Ubuntu 10.04.I had problems getting online via Wired and/or Wireless.Ubuntu 10.10 is up, running, and updated. Broadcom Corp 4727rev 01 Wireless not detected [URL].The solution involved the installing of Ubuntu 10.10. However, now after a complete shut down I cannot boot into Win7 anymore. The boot loader recycles to the selection screen and I can go back to Ubuntu 10.10 but not Win7.
I just installed the 10.10 version of Ubuntu and while doing so I also deleted the whole partition on the harddrive. While I where installing the OS. I got this message: Sorry. An error occurred and it was not possible to install the bootloader at the specified location.
(Here I get to choose either if I want to choose a different place to put the bootloader on. Or if I want to continue without a bootloader or if I would want to cancel the installation.) I am currently writing from the live CD. And If I try to boot without the CD. The computer tells me that there is no bootable device. I have tried to reinstall Grub. I have also tried to reinstall the whole Ubuntu 10.10. I have also tried to install Ubuntu 10.04. Both with the original CD.
I'm trying to install 10.10 x32 server, on a machine with the HW Raid-5. And install fails on Bootloader setup :/, so I continue with installation, and everything finishes fine.When machine boots, it obviously (since grub failed to install) says insert bootable media, and press any key. So I boot from the CD, goto rescue mode, installer environment:
>>mount /dev/mapper/server-root /mnt >>grub-installer --root_directory=/mnt /dev/mapper/server-root Wrong number of args: mapdevfs <path>
I tried to install OS multiple times, from full automatic HDD partition setup, to manual, and it always fails to install grub . I can mount, read/write /dev/mapper/server-root partition, and the contents of the partition looks like a valid OS.