General :: Boot Sector Of Installed Vector Linux Doesn't Have Boot Signature
Feb 13, 2011
upon adding the installed VL on the existing LILO.. (btw i have not installed its LILO on the installation setup) since i know that i will just add it to the "existing" LILO the error above arises upon doing the lilo run command.$adding Vector6.0 etc.FATAL : Boot sector of /dev/hdc13 doesn't have a boot signature.i have tagged the /dev/hdc13 bootable via CFDISK. but same problem arises..
I recently installed meego on an asus eee pc, neat l ittle os. i had originally had grub set up booting into ubuntu netbook remix. win xp and the system restore partition. when i installed meego i was allowed to select what i wanted as far as boot options in the new boot loader (extlinux). windows and meego boot just fine but when i try to get into my already configured and homey install of ubuntu nbr it gives an error of
"boot sector signature not found (unbootable disk/partition)"
I currently have XP installed on a NetBook (Samsung NC10), and would like to run Fedora on it. I'm currently looking at putting Fedora onto a flash memory card to test it works OK on the hardware, before installing it to the hard disk. The problem I've got is that the boot sector is occupied by WDE software (TrueCrypt). Will this pose a problem for dual-booting XP with Fedora, or will GRUB move the boot loader in the usual way?
I'm running 9.10 off of a 4 GiB CF card. I keep running into space issues with updates, so I purchased an 8 GiB replacement card. I've cloned the 4 GiB card to a .IMG file using DD.I've then copied the 4 GiB image back to the 8 GiB card using the Ubuntu startup disk creator program. Once done, I'm able to properly boot off of the new 8 GiB clone.Unfortunately, the clone ends up with 3.67 GiB of unallocated space at the end *see attached). I tried deleting the "extended" partition that the swap is located at after booting from a Live CD and the system was unable to boot after this. I was thinking that I would delete the swap entirely and create a swap file after I merged the existing partitions, but I was unable to do this.
best way to do this (e.g. get one large 8 GiB partition with my old image on it)? I still have the original untouched 4 GiB card and also have an external CF drive if I need to redo the cloning. I've also used Clonezilla before, so perhaps there's a way to do this that allow me to grow the image as it's being cloned.
Here's the set up. 1. Got an EXISTING LILO... VL 5.8 (/dev/hdc3) 2. Installed VL6.0 and installed its own lilo on Boot sector (/dev/hdc13) 3. Everytime I choose VL6.0 in my existing LILO (/dev/hdc3) it still goes to VL6.0's LILO. The question is, how can I remove the VL6.0 so if i choose this on my existing lILO. It will just boot straight.
VL6.0 LILO: root:# cat /etc/lilo.conf # LILO configuration file # generated by 'liloconfig' # Start LILO global section boot = /dev/hdc13 #default = linux #compact #prompt #timeout = 0 .....
In Linux, passing "pci=nomsi" to the kernel before it boots generally helps it "find the hard drive". In windows however, it wont even install. It loads all the components then when it says its starting Windows, it comes up with an error, just gives a code, no explanation. Now granted this has more to do with Windows then Linux but there is no forum for that here and this is related. I wanted to try and run some games that would not work under wine nor virtualbox, so i shrunk my partition to make room for XP and it wouldn't install. If you're just going to lecture me on the lack of need for windows please to not respond to this. The specific motherboard is:
I recently installed 11.3 on an external drive. After adding some software in yast (searched Kernel and checked every option), I was prompted to reboot but the no boot sector found error came up. Tried reinstalling with the same result. Grub is boot loader
I've installed kmod-nvidia on my F12 system and now it doesn't boot anymore. I just receive a black screen with a blinking '_' on top of my screen immediately after i choose F12 in my grub menu. (I have a Nvidia 8800GT.)
I've tried to run the following command after the installation but it didn't work: [url]
Ubuntu 10.10 doesn't boot at all. The liveCD only boots once every like 30 attempts, installing from liveCD froze, but the Alternate CD worked and installed ubuntu. Now when I try to boot into it using GRUB, it freezes at the beginning of the boot process.With normal boot it freezes at line: Starting AppArmor profiles Skipping profile in /etc/apparmor.d/disable: usr.bin.firefox.With recovery mode it freezes even before showing me anything
A little kinda like the liveCD, if I try like 30 times, it might manage to boot once in normal mode.That line keeps on repeating, the the xxx.xxx integer changes each time, and this goes on forever.I tried removing my floppy drive, but it didn't help.I tried to boot with fd0=noprobeThe one time it booted, when I restarted, it froze while trying to restart.
I'm trying to install Ubuntu 9.10 on my machine which already has Windows 7 (I want to be able to dual-boot). I had no problems installing Ubuntu but now I cannot boot Windows, I get this error after selecting Windows in the Grub boot menu: Error: invalid signature Press any key to continue
When I press a key I'm returned to the Grub menu. There I can boot Linux without problems. I have two 500 GB disks in a RAID 1 array. Windows 7 is installed there. Then I have a 1.5 TB disk where I installed Linux in a partition I created for it. I think the problem may be that I have RAID because this seems to show up as two disks and not one: more /boot/grub/device.map (hd0) /dev/sda (hd1) /dev/sdb (hd2) /dev/sdc Three disks and not two.
If I do sudo update-grub I get this: Generating grub.cfg ... Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.31-20-generic Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-2.6.31-20-generic Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.31-14-generic Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-2.6.31-14-generic Found memtest86+ image: /boot/memtest86+.bin Found Windows 7 (loader) on /dev/mapper/isw_ccdddiiiea_Mirror1 grub-probe: error: no mapping exists for `isw_ccdddiiiea_Mirror1' done
Since the drive (sdb2) was already mounted I was able to see "file" show up on the NTFS drive (sdb2) with the last command above. After I rebooted onto Windows 7, I found my F: drive (sdb2) showing up as a RAW filesystem. Windows 7 asks to reformat and I press NO as I have a lot of files on that drive. I rebooted onto Ubuntu again, during boot it says cannot mount to /dev/sdb2 and to press "S" to skip. I pressed "S" and saw sdb2 not mounted. I tried this command:
Code: root@akashi-desktop:~# mount -t ntfs /dev/sdb2 /media/sdb2 NTFS signature is missing. Failed to mount '/dev/sdb2': Invalid argument The device '/dev/sdb2' doesn't seem to have a valid NTFS. Maybe the wrong device is used? Or the whole disk instead of a partition (e.g. /dev/sda, not /dev/sda1)? Or the other way around?
How to fix this drive without formatting it! fdisk shows the filesytem as NTFS so it must still be fixable I hope.
I just installed squeeze from a usb key. Installation went flawlessly but now I need the usb key to boot. Nothing happens if I let the bios boot from the HD or if I force it to do so. When it boot up from the usb key, the HD is read and the boot up sequence continues. Grub seems to be installed in /boot/grub. I imagine that I have to copy the usb key boot sector to the HD but how?
I have a rather puzzling error. I recently purchased an usb external hard drive with the intent of installing Ubuntu on it. I have had great success with installing various linux flavors on usb thumb drives but I need a little larger space for engineering applications that I use. Anyway, I removed my laptop's internal hard drive and installed ubuntu 9.10 on a recently formated external hard drive. Everything worked fine at first. Upon restarting I get an error that says "no boot sector" and it asks to hit either f1 to retry. When I hit retry, Grub loads most of the time. Occasionally it does not work. Is Grub just not installing correctly? I searched for this error but I found nothing that directly applied.
My old Dell Inspiron 9300's CD Rom is no longer working. I've written the files to my 8GB USB device, and attempted to boot from it. Whenever I try, I get this "No boot sector on USB device". I'm also using Mac OS X to make the USB drive.
I have installed a Debian System on a removable USB-drive just the same way I would do it for a normal harddisk drive.All was working fine until I tried to boot the system.I have set up the USB-stick as first boot device in the BIOS, and written grub in the MBR of the stick.When trying to boot it, "Grub Error 2" will always be risen (I am using grub-0.98).
The only drive I have installed except the USB-stick is a SATA-harddisk, so normally the USB-stick is called /dev/sdb.I have already tried changing root in menu.lst to (hd0,0) or the kernel root to /dev/sda1 but nothing seems to help.
i have downloaded linux mint 8 and burnt it to disc ive been trying for what seems like for ever to load it but cant find out how to! im using a laptop with windows xp, and an external hard drive so cannot boot linux at start screen can anyone help me do it please.
I have a fairly old computer, (4 years) it is has an Intel Pentium 4 3,4 Ghz processor with 1,5Gb RAM, and had been running XP Home on a 80Gb HDD. About three weeks ago, I purchased a 500Gb HDD, and disconnected my old drive. I partitioned the new drive to 120 Gb and 380Gb. I put XP Pro on the 120Gb partition, and Ubuntu 9.10 on the balance.
On reboot, startup menu (grub?) gave me the option to boot from, among others, Ubuntu 9.10, and XP Pro. Both worked fine! I then reconnected the old drive, and if I wanted to boot up in XP Home, would tap "F8" on start-up, and select the old HDD to boot from. This was working fine and I was happy with the way it worked! This morning, when I re-booted, the Start-up menu now had XP Home added to the list.
If I select either Ubuntu 9.10 or XP Home, they both work fine, but if I select XP Pro, it give me the message "error: invalid signature" and when I press any key, brings me back to the menu.
The boot sector somehow got messed up on a friends computer while updating. I used to know how to do it with the old version, but now that they've updated it and changed everything , how do you repair the boot sector from a live-CD with Grub 2?
I'm writing a C program that reads the boot sector of a USB disk. (it is mounted as /dev/sda1). I'm able to read the sector, by the calls code...
The problem is when I wish to write. I use the call: bytesWrite = write(fd, buf, 512) The 'write' returns the value of 512, which looks as if the write was successful, yet when I read again the /dev/sda1 device, I see that no writing was actually made.
Can anybody tell me what do I need to do in order to allow an actual write to the device?
I run 64 bit ubuntu 9.10. I recently rebooted my computer with a flash drive plugged into a USB port. My question is, could I have got a boot sector virus because of this? What are the symptoms of a boot sector infection? After the incident, I scanned the flash drive with clamav and it didn't detect any viruses. Also, in the BIOS, the hard drive is higher up in the boot sequence than USB mass storage drives. These two things suggest to me that a boot sector virus is improbable. But, recently, when I tried to boot into ubuntu, I got an error message saying that /dev/disk/uuid<some characters here> didn't exist.
Is this a symptom of a boot sector virus? So, I ended up re-installing ubuntu and I believe grub was written to the MBR. Will this have erased any boot sector viruses that were on my system? Can a boot-sector virus affect linux too? How can I check to see if I have a boot-sector infection? I also have windows xp on my computer. For some reason, windows xp isn't letting me install any updates, but this has been going on for since before the above incident with the flash drive and therefore I don't think that is due to a boot sector virus.
I was using the disk utility on Ubuntu 10.04 and wanted to make by 500GB external NTFS formatted USB drive into 1 x 50GB FAT32 and 1 x 450GB NTFS. I clicked the option that said format or create a partition and it basically wiped the whole thing in a split second leaving me with 500GB of seemingly empty space. Obviously the files are still there but I cannot boot the drive to view anything. I have downloaded testdisk, but don't know how to use it, but I am sure there is a relatively simple solution here. I am currently repairing the boot sector of the drive as Test Disk showed the drive as "no type" i.e. not FAT/NTFS/ext4 etc., but shows the correct amount of used space though, but I cannot view anything err go, I cannot use the undelete command as yet.
I am a complete noob at this and I need a hand. I was about to throw my computer out of the window when I decided to throw the windows out of the computer so to speak. So, I downloaded Ubuntu 10.10 and tried to install. I had a grub rescue after the installation (file system unknown), which I have seen discussed here. Being the noob that I am I decided to try 10.04 because it said it had full support. With this install I get a similar error during installation: grub cannot be installed in boot sector.
So, basically there is an issue with grub and the boot sector. I checked in my BIOS options to see if there was an option that prevented the writing of a boot sector or something, but I have not been able something like that. So, I am wondering if it is possible that Ubuntu does not really erase/format the selected disks or something, leaving any difficulty there.
Does anybody know? Or better yet: what exactly do I need to do a manual grub install?
Been away from linux for a few years thaught id come back and give it a try again. I have Win7 on sda and installed 11.4 Ubuntu on sdb. Grub2 Over wrote the boot sector for windows so windows wouldnt show in the boot menu. I repaired that after some research and then tried it again with 10.4 LTS version of Ubuntu. Same thing. Now I've fixed windows boot sector a second time and im ready for round 3. Any hints on how to get grub2 to boot both OS's? Ubuntu 10.4 is still on sdb I think I should just need to re-install grub2 But how to do it without Killing the windows boot sector?
I have three disk in my system. One SATA (250GB) and two SCSI (73GB) disks. The Two SCSI disks were installed originally and RHEL3 is installed on it. The SATA disk is installed a few years later with RHEL5. As you can see below, the boot sector is still on one of the SCSI disks (sdb1).