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Re: Please Fix Grub Soonest! It's Killing My PCs. No Joke!

From: Felix Miata
Subject: Re: Please Fix Grub Soonest! It's Killing My PCs. No Joke!
Date: Sat, 17 Jul 2010 01:03:13 -0400
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On 2010/07/16 15:04 (GMT-0400) address@hidden composed:
[a lot about bootloader incompatibility]

Note that Grub 2 has still not reached v2 yet, still betaware @v1.9whatever.
Some Linux distros are aware of this and do not use Grub "2" as default, if
they offer Grub 2 at all.

http://fm.no-ip.com/PC/install-doz-after.html shows how you can use Windows
as the primary bootloader once you have reinstalled standard MBR code. Just
about any old WinDOS or recent PC DOS or FreeDOS system floppy containing
FDISK can do that (FDISK /MBR). Multiboot with Windows is easy enough, and
typically more reliable, when using standard MBR code.

Once you have Windows back in business, you can boot Knoppix DVD or CD and
manually install Grub 1, preferably to a primary partition formatted ext2 or
ext3. That can either chainload Linux / partitions with valid bootloaders
installed, or load kernels and initrds from them directly, as long as they
are not formatted with newer filesystem features that Grub 1 does not
understand. The Grub 1 from Knoppix can actually be installed to any and
every Linux / partition you please, limited only by the just mentioned
filesystem features. Since I never put Grub on MBR, only format partitions
ext2 or ext3, and only with 128 inode sizes, with no disks bigger than 2T, I
never have boot loader problems that aren't quick and easy to solve from
mature, existing & easy-to-find documentation.
"The wise are known for their understanding, and pleasant
words are persuasive." Proverbs 16:21 (New Living Translation)

 Team OS/2 ** Reg. Linux User #211409

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