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  • Brian Perry
    Brian Perry May 11, 2010

    How is it looping during the boot?

  • sir scott
    sir scott May 11, 2010

    are you booting from the LiveCD ? or is your PCLinux installed onto the HDD ?

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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


P.S.: If this information was helpful, please rate this solution.

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