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Gentoo Linux Install Problem

Trying to install Gentoo Linux from live CD, once it begins partitioning it damages the GRUB, and causes my system to be unbootable.

What am I doing wrong?

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Hi if you are using the live cd, dont go for install. Boot it to the desktop instead of install it to the hard disk. 

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When a Windows install kills your dual boot to Linux


Distro installers are pretty good at identifying an existing Windows installation and setting up dual booting, but should you have to reinstall a spyware-riddled Windows install you'll find that your machine boots straight into Windows and that your Linux installation is gone!
Don't panic: all Windows has done is overwrite the Grub bootloader with its own equivalent, removing your boot menu. All your data is still there - you just need to reload the bootloader configuration into the disk's master boot record (MBR). You'll need to boot from a Live CD to do this, this, then open a terminal and run

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setup (hd0)
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Backup, Repairing and Reinstalling GRUB
  • To make a backup a copy of the existing menu.lst file use: cp /boot/grub/menu.lst /boot/grub/menu.lst.oldYou can try re-installing the grub using the Ubuntu Live CD, in two different ways.

GUI
  1. Boot your computer up with Ubuntu CD
  2. Go through all the process until you reach "[!!!] Disk Partition"
  3. Select Manual Partition
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  6. Finish the manual partition
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  10. Jump to "Install Grub ...."
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If you are getting message the message "selected boot device not available" that is because you have do not have a bootable HDD (Hard Disk). Please do the following:

Insert the Windows XP Operating system Disk.
Restart the computer and start Tapping the F12 key, It will give you the boot options.
Select to boot from CD/DVD-Rom
When prompted press any key to boot from CD-Rom
Once the computer is booted from CD, follow the instructions to install the Operating system.
Note: You can also go to BIOS (by pressing F2 or Delete) and change the boot device to CD-ROM

Once you finish installing the Windows Operating system. You can go ahead with installation of your Linux Operating system. After you finish Installing Linux you will get the option in GRUB to select the Operating systems.

If you have already installed Linux and want to install the Windows, Follow the same procedure but it will directly boot Windows after you finish Installing Windows. You will have to write the GRUB again for your Linux system.

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Its GRand Unified Bootloader used in Linux OS.
Normally you get this error when GRUB is not able recognise the partition from which you are trying to boot the system. Make sure the boot partition on your system is recognisable by GRUB (such as EXT3).

You can try to restore the GRUB using the LIVE CD
  1. Boot From Live CD
  2. Open Terminal Window
  3. type >sudo grub
  4. then type : find /boot/grub/stage1
  5. you'll get something like: (hd0, 1)
  6. then type : >root (hd0, 1)
  7. type: > setup (hd0)
  8. >quit
  9. >exit
Remove the Live CD and reboot the system.


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Pc linux OS reboot loop


It might be cause by The MBR was messed up by a bad grub install. You can try to fix the grub.

If you want to try reinstalling grub, boot from the live CD, log in as root, open a Konsole window, and at the prompt, ([root@localhost ~]#) type;

[root@localhost ~]# grub <Enter>

GNU GRUB version 0.97 (640K lower / 3072K upper memory) <-- This is the output from grub after <Enter>

[ Minimal BASH-like line editing is supported. For the first word, TAB
lists possible command completions. Anywhere else TAB lists the possible
completions of a device/filename. ]

grub> <-- The grub prompt.

From the grub prompt type;

grub> find /boot/grub/stage2 <Enter>
(hd0,0)
(hd0,4)
(hd0,5)
(hd0,9)
(hd0,11) <-- You'll only have one, use it
(hd1,0)
(hd1,2)
(hd1,4)

grub> root (hd0,5) <Enter> <-- Use what showed up above for yours
Filesystem type is ext2fs, partition type 0x83 <-- Grub reports both ext2 and ext3 as ext2. Don't worry about it.

grub> setup (hd0) <Enter> <-- That is a zero (hd0), not a letter
Checking if "/boot/grub/stage1" exists... yes
Checking if "/boot/grub/stage2" exists... yes
Checking if "/boot/grub/e2fs_stage1_5" exists... yes
Running "embed /boot/grub/e2fs_stage1_5 (hd0)"... 15 sectors are embedded.
succeeded
Running "install /boot/grub/stage1 (hd0) (hd0)1+15 p (hd0,5)/boot/grub/stage2 /boot/grub/menu.lst"... succeeded
Done.

grub> quit <Enter>

Your done; grub is reinstalled


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Do u have only one os loaded?.just reload the grub by booting it from a gentoo linux cd

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Do you have any other OS's installed? Its with the Grub. mostly looking for another OS. let me know.

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