Ubuntu Installation :: Failure After Trying To Upgrade From Legacy Grub To Grub2

May 21, 2011

I moved from 8.04.2 to 10.04.2 and tried to upgrade from GRUB Legacy to Grub2. I must have made a mis-step somewhere in the process as on boot it now tells me

GRUB Loading stage1.5.
GRUB Loading,
Error 15
Is there a nuke from orbit, no finesse way of just ripping all the existing GRUB mess out and installing GRUB2 from Boot disk? for instance should I be just be able to boot with a LIVE CD mount the primary disk of this machine and enter the below in a terminal without messing up any further?

sudo grub-install --root-directory=/media/PRIMARY_DISK /dev/sda

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May 2, 2010

I've installed grub2 on 10.04, when I restarted I selected that option in the menu that seems to go for testing the chainloader. The system seemed to start ok, so I ran upgrade-from-grub-legacy. Now it's asking me for "GRUB install devices" and listing my hard drive (/dev/sda) and the 5 partitions on it as possible options. Which should I choose? I have Linux and Windoze running on this desktop,

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Mar 11, 2011

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fdisk -l
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Oct 2, 2010

I have a dual boot config with

sda1 /boot
sda2 Win7
sda3 /
sda4 Truecrypt Partition

i have grub1 working and chaonloading truecrypt loader if i choose "win7" in grub1 menu I want to install a new kubuntu (no upgrade) I have read that that there are problems with grub2 and truecrypt actually a bug that grub2 dont chainloads truecrypt boot loader many ppl seem to have problems with grub2 then i read somewhere that ubuntu install is not asking for grub2 to be installed and just installing it. is this right?

i think at least for the alternative install cd its wrong. i installed it on another pc and it asked me! it works for win7 and Ubuntu and i guess its grub2 but there is no truecrypt installed anyway, i wanted to ask is the live cd installer asks me for grub2 and what is the best and easiest way to stay with my grub and just change the menu.lst to the new kernel (i guess there will be one)

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Jul 17, 2010

I had Arch Linux installed on my machine on sda1 and the Grub legacy that came on their install image on the MBA at sda/. I just did a Ubuntu update and it wanted me to do an update and me thinking grub-install referred to grub legacy, went along with it but now I have Grub2 for my boot menu. There are a few guides on restoring Grub2 I've found but how do I put Grub back on to how I had it? (I thought installing grub legacy from Arch's usb image I have would be simple and fairly automated/easy but it won't let me without doing the previous steps of partitioning drives and selecting packages to install and such so it looks like I'm going to have to do it manually which I haven't done before).

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Mar 6, 2011

I have a "master" IDE HD upon which reside several Linux OSs and a couple of Windoze OSs. The boot system is Mandriva using Grub Legacy and the latter's menu.lst file is where I select which OS I wish to use. I use HD physical carriers for my HDs. I used GPartEd to copy over newly installed OSs on another drive to the "master" HD. The commands in the menu.lst file for Linux OSs are representative as follows:

Name of OS
root (hdx,x)
configfile /boot/grub/menu.lst

Task: Enter Grub2 which, I seem to understand, is a work in progress. I presume that some commands in Grub2 are not recognizable by Grub Legacy. I installed Debian 6 on another drive and I wish to incorporate an entry in the menu.lst file described above using the technique described above. Is it possible to use the menu.lst file in Grub Legacy (0.97) in order to boot the Grub2 Debian OS? Or am I chasing windmills?

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Sep 5, 2010

I recently upgraded to Ubuntu 10.04. Now after rebooting I don't get the grub menu anymore nor can I get into ubuntu or vista (I used to dual boot between ubuntu and vista). I get to a black screen with an blinking cursor.

Disk info:

HP dv5t x64 Intel 2.40 Ghz

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Jun 21, 2010

I have been running a dual boot XP and Ubuntu 8.04 on two separate hard drives for a while now without any problems. I used the method posted http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.p...light=dualboot. I will be upgrading to 10.4 soon (probably after the re-spin in July) and was wondering if I will have problems after upgrading dual booting.

I do not know if while upgrading Grub remains or if Grub2 tries to overwrite. I have read that Grub2 will try to install onto all partitions and hard drives in a fresh install but do not know about upgrading. If it does try I think I need to put it in hda,1 which is the primary drive where Ubuntu is located.

This is not something I have been able to find the answer to with google. I also have Kubuntu on the system which I can change with session manager and am not sure what will happen to that once I upgrade Ubuntu.

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Jul 24, 2010

yestoday,after I upgrade,unable to boot windows xp. if I use grub ,windows xp can boot up.but now I want to use grub2, boot info script's results.txt is at below.

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 #6 for /boot/grub.
File system: vfat
Boot sector type: Fat16
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.


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Jan 2, 2011

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Radeon HD 2400 Pro
Radeon X1600 Pro Avivo Edition

Now, the simple question: Their prices are just OK (just a couple of � separate them). Which chip is better? And which chip is better supported from our beloved distro?

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Jun 2, 2011

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I installed Debian and Grub 2 replaced Grub in the MBR.

Must I reinstall F14 to recover Grub as bootloader or is there another lighter way to do it?

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May 25, 2010

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Dec 18, 2010

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Installed the main version from a LiveCD, did the the easy multi-OS installation.

GRUB-0.97 is what boots my system though looking at boot script I do have GRUB2 somewhere.

Currently, my boot options are:

1. Mint 6

2. Mint 6 (recovered)

3. Mint 6

4. Mint 6 (recovered)

5. memtest 86+

Other operating systems

6. Vista/Longhorn loader

7. Vista/Longhorn loader

Sda7 is where Ubuntu should be installed. GPARTED says its ext3 file system and bootscript says ext4.

I did find the forum post on purging and installing GRUB2 though I'm not sure if that's what I need to do, or try to reinstall Ubuntu w/o also doing partition resizing at the same time.

The output from my bootscript:

Boot Info Script 0.55 dated February 15th, 2010
============================= Boot Info Summary: ==============================
=> Grub 0.97 is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda and looks on the same drive in partition #5 for /boot/grub/stage2 and /boot/grub/menu.lst.


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Feb 24, 2011

I installed 9.04 then upgraded all the way to 10.04 and I am sticking with this version now.I just tried updating the Legacy Grub to Grub 2. My version of Grub right now is 1.98.Somthing went wrong when I doing the "upgrade-from-grub-legacy" command and I got error 15 or something to that nature. I fixed that by booting in to my live 9.04 cd and long story short, I mounted the drive to replace the grub and all worked well. I am able to boot right back up now *wipes sweat off for-head*.... HUGE accomplishment for me and I feel like a real linux geek now hahaha.I again ran...

~$sudo upgrade-from-grub-legacy
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Jun 8, 2010

The O'Reilly book, Linux in a Nutshell, Sixth Edition has this excerpted section (on Legacy GRUB):If GRUB is installed in the MBR, you can chainload Windows by setting the root device to the partition that has the Windows boot loader, making it the active partition, and then using the chainloader command to read the Windows boot sector.If GRUB has been installed to (hd0,0)'s MBR, then I am confused what "file" chainloader +1 is pointing to. Obviously, it is not the MBR but that is confusing to me. When one boots a Linux system with GRUB in the MBR, what file does chainloader +1 point to?

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Jun 19, 2010

I dual-boot ubuntu 9.04 and windows 7. I recently reinstalled windows, and it wiped grub-legacy off of my MBR. Reinstalling grub shouldn't be tough, right, especially with clear instructions? Anyway, I can't get anywhere with the official instructions here: [URL]. The first issue is that the current live CD has no program "grub" in terminal. I dug up an old live cd, but I couldn't get anything with the directions:

Find where Grub is. If this gives a few different answers then you will need to find the correct one, perhaps by trial-and-error.
find /boot/grub/stage1
That command didn't find anything, nor did some similar commands found on google.

So I'm really at a loss. What should I do?
-Can I install Grub 2 on my MBR? Will that work with 9.04?
-Can I access my 9.04 install, copy files to Windows, and then just format the partition and clean install 10.04?

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Apr 5, 2011

I am new to Debian. I have installed Debian on sda1, grub installed in /dev/sda . /dev/sda6 is SalixOs.

My fdisk -l report is this code...

I boot from sda, Debian recognised windows Xp installed on sdb1, but when I choose to boot from it, it simply reboots.

What could be the reason ? I am a newbie, please be patient with me.

I have solve the problem by installing EasyBCD in WinXp and added the Linux entries to it and booting from sdb.(changed in BIOS)

So, is it possible to uninstall GRUB-2 and install GRUB-Legacy ? Would it work on Debian-Squeeze ?

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Dec 30, 2010

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Mar 19, 2010

I have a Debian Lenny box with two hard drives in it (no dual boot; /home and /var are on the second drive). This machine was working fine until earlier this week when I ran an upgrade and restarted it. I think during this upgrade Grub got upgraded to Grub2, and now when I try to reboot I just get this:


GRUB Read Error

Hitting Enter yields Operating System Not found. This is it, I can't get into the grub screen to enter the boot command or anything. I booted the machine into the rescue environment on the Install CD, and was able to mount all the file systems and chroot in. I tried reinstalling grub2, but this did not help. I ran fsck on my /boot file system, but it appears fine. The boot partition is also marked with a bootable flag in fdisk. I did try to downgrade back to grub1.5 which, while it didn't given an error did hang shortly after it loaded.

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Dec 20, 2010

I've been using Linux for over a decade, so no need to worry about the obvious. I'm positive that I have my partitions/install correct. What has me baffled is that Fedora 14, which uses GRUB 0.97 (GRUB legacy) - boots Windows flawlessly every single time on the same hardware, but Ubuntu's (or the upstream Debian's) GRUB legacy do not - even though they are based on the same upstream code from the GNU Savannah servers.

No matter what I've tried I cannot get the Debian or Ubuntu version of GRUB/GRUB-legacy to boot any recent Windows 64 beyond XP (Vista or 7). All that it does is resets the computer when Windows attempts to boot, without an error. GRUB is notoriously difficult to compile, so before I try to compile code from RedHat's archives - any thoughts,experiences, similar issues - whatever?

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Jul 31, 2011

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so, while running the installer I made (added) a logical volume lv_Scientific with ext4 FS and made its mount point (/) and used the MBR /boot which overwrote the Fedora /boot (completely OK and was as expected) i restarted after installation i got SL log in and as per the directions of the thread i copied the boot stanza from grub.conf of fedora 15 (which i already had copied and pasted into a text file and copied it from there)and pasted it into grub.conf of SL you may ask why did i choose same physical LVM too save swap space ... if i had made another physical LVM i had to make another swap ( i like LVM ... its cool)

completely unexpected happened Fedora now boots but not SL when grub starts i get this error 27 unrecognised commad and when i press <enter> i get grub menu with SL and fedora when i press on Fedora it works well i get my fedora login and i did login .. everything works fine but when i press SL it goes to the previous black screen grub error 27


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Jul 19, 2010

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Jan 21, 2010

In general I love Ubuntu Karmic, and think it's the most polished Gnome distro out there, but since installing it on my laptop alongside Fedora I haven't been able to boot into the latter.

I know that I could fix it by adding an entry into the 40_custom file, but wonder if there's a simpler fix.

The command

sudo update-grub

actually finds and lists the Fedora Constantine kernel, but it still doesn't appear in the bootloader menu. Before I delve around and break something, does this mean that there's a line commented out in one of the config files?

I'm not going to slag off Grub 2 because I can see that it has clear benefits, especially for power users, and I don't mind change if it brings clear benefits. So long, /boot/grub/menu.lst.

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May 5, 2010

While upgrading (why did I do it?! 9.10 was working fine!) I got an lengthly error and now the computer won't boot. Error and then boot screen:-

Could not install the upgrades The upgrade is now aborted. Your system could be in an unusable state. A recovery will run now (dpkg --configure -a). Please report this bug against the 'update-manager' package and include the files in /var/log/dist-upgrade/ in the bug report. E:Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (2), E:Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (2), E:Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (2), E:Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (2), E:Sub-process


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May 31, 2010

Computer won't startup after upgrade from Ubuntu 9 to 10.04 Lucid.

Upgrade performed through Update Manager.

Have repeated this exercise with the same result. (After failed first time, reinstalled v9 successfully. Waited a few weeks then tried updating to v10 again. Same unsuccesful result as last time I tried it.)

Got one error message during upgrade: "Missing resoureces. The Network Manager Applet could not find some required resources. It cannot continue."

Upgrade otherwise appeared to operate smoothly.


When upgrade complete, and on restart, the following happens:

Gets to purple start-up screen fine. The dots tick away for a little while, the hard drive accesses, then goes to blank screen and all stops. Nothing. Keyboard doesn't work. Screen backlit, but no-one's home.

Restart again makes no differnce.

Machine: IBM Thinkpad X40

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May 2, 2011

I was running Ubuntu 10.10 and I was having issues with graphics card drivers so I decided to try upgrading to Natty using my Internet. The download went fine, the installation went fine (I sat and watched the computer the whole time. When I tried to upgrade from 10.04 to 10.10 I had the same issue and ended up having to wipe my hard drive and start over from the CD). But right before the installation was finished, the screen went blank except for a tiny text-editing cursor and even the cursor froze. Also, the Caps Lock and the Num Lock lights were flashing in sync rapidly. After a while I forced it to shutdown and then restarted it. GRUB boots, giving me a list and the option to go to a command line, but if I select 2.6.38-8-generic or the recovery mode, it freezes and the lights flash as described above.

In other words, all I can get to is a very basic CLI through GRUB.

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Jul 25, 2011

Upgraded from 10.10 on my tower (scratch built, AMD Phenom II X6 1090T 3.2GHz, 16 GB RAM, 2x Sapphire Radeon HD6870 1GB) and it seems to have gone very wrong.

At the final post-installation reboot I get BIOS post, a black screen that hangs around alarmingly long, then the Ubuntu splash screen, then another black screen that seems, if anything, even MORE black (don't know how that works, but that's how it looks - it's not OFF but it's VERY black) and a whole lot of nothing going on.

Tried Ctrl-Alt-F1 to get to a TTY session, no go, no reaction. Just my friendly black screen. Tried F2-F6 as well, same deal. Tried Ctrl-Alt-F7 through F12 on spec, also no response. So Control-SysRq-K... and I DO get a response - I get a black screen with a number in []s and SysRQ: SAK. No TTY. Still doesn't like Ctrl-Alt-F1.

No disk thrashing. Nothing but gently whirring fans and my error message.

-UPDATE I take it back, it finally gave me a TTY login.

So. Um. Any guesses what happened to my poor XWindows setup?

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May 25, 2010

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