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    Angry GNU GRUB version 1.97~Beta 4 error

    I think the pc updated, or at least that is the only thing I can figure. Anyhow, pc froze so I reboot system. I have dual setup, after choosing Ubuntu, I receive GNU GRUB version 1.97~Beta 4 error. I am also told to press TAB for further commands, but none of the commands seem to do anything.
    Last edited by sdeannas; March 7th, 2010 at 03:38 AM. Reason: found solution

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    Re: GNU GRUB version 1.97~Beta 4 error

    Same deal, update manager prompted install updates & reboot but now Ubuntu doesn't boot (so have to use Windows to post this message....)

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    Re: GNU GRUB version 1.97~Beta 4 error

    If you're using wubi (installed under windows), see here

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    Re: GNU GRUB version 1.97~Beta 4 error

    Let's get a better look at your setup & boot process. Boot the Ubuntu Live CD/USB. Choose "try ubuntu without any changes", when the desktop loads come back here and do the following:

    1. Download the boot info script. There is a link in my signature.
    2. Once downloaded move the boot info script to the desktop.
    3. Open a terminal and run the command
    Code:
    sudo bash ~/Desktop/boot_info_script*.sh
    This will create a RESULTS.txt file on the desktop. Paste the entire contents of that file back here. Once pasted highlight all text and click the # sign on the toolbar to place code tags around the text.

    See here for more info on the boot info script.

    Above link is to meierfra's Sourceforge web page.
    Multi-boot: Arch linux, Ubuntu 12.04, Windows 7 & Windows 8

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    Re: GNU GRUB version 1.97~Beta 4 error

    http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawik...lems:Wubi_9.10

    This link worked for me.
    When I booted up Xubuntu, it would give me a command prompt but I couldn't do a boot command.
    I went to this link (provided my bcbc) and then I could boot normally.

    -This only worked because I had installed Xubuntu in Windows.

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    Re: GNU GRUB version 1.97~Beta 4 error

    I have had a ubuntu box standing at my dads place, suddenly it stopped working and now I get the same GNU GRUB shell thingy when I boot.

    I have downloaded the boot script and here is the result

    Code:
                    Boot Info Script 0.55    dated February 15th, 2010                    
    
    ============================= Boot Info Summary: ==============================
    
     => No boot loader is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda
     => No boot loader is installed in the MBR of /dev/sdb
     => Grub 2 is installed in the MBR of /dev/sdc and looks on the same drive in 
        partition #5 for /grub.
    
    sda1: _________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       linux_raid_member
        Boot sector type:  -
        Boot sector info:  
    
    sdb1: _________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       linux_raid_member
        Boot sector type:  -
        Boot sector info:  
    
    sdc1: _________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       LVM2_member
        Boot sector type:  -
        Boot sector info:  
    
    sdc2: _________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       Extended Partition
        Boot sector type:  -
        Boot sector info:  
    
    sdc5: _________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       ext2
        Boot sector type:  -
        Boot sector info:  
        Operating System:  
        Boot files/dirs:   /grub/grub.cfg /grub/core.img
    
    =========================== Drive/Partition Info: =============================
    
    Drive: sda ___________________ _____________________________________________________
    
    Disk /dev/sda: 1000.2 GB, 1000204886016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 121601 cylinders, total 1953525168 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    
    Partition  Boot         Start           End          Size  Id System
    
    /dev/sda1                  63 1,953,520,064 1,953,520,002  fd Linux raid autodetect
    
    
    Drive: sdb ___________________ _____________________________________________________
    
    Disk /dev/sdb: 1000.2 GB, 1000204886016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 121601 cylinders, total 1953525168 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    
    Partition  Boot         Start           End          Size  Id System
    
    /dev/sdb1                  63 1,953,520,064 1,953,520,002  fd Linux raid autodetect
    
    
    Drive: sdc ___________________ _____________________________________________________
    
    Disk /dev/sdc: 82.0 GB, 81964302336 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9964 cylinders, total 160086528 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    
    Partition  Boot         Start           End          Size  Id System
    
    /dev/sdc1    *             63   159,573,644   159,573,582  8e Linux LVM
    /dev/sdc2         159,573,645   160,071,659       498,015   5 Extended
    /dev/sdc5         159,573,708   160,071,659       497,952  83 Linux
    
    
    blkid -c /dev/null: ____________________________________________________________
    
    Device           UUID                                   TYPE       LABEL                         
    
    /dev/loop0                                              squashfs                                 
    /dev/sda1        8edecaf8-4069-759e-a61a-3d3ade111a5b   linux_raid_member                               
    /dev/sda: PTTYPE="dos" 
    /dev/sdb1        8edecaf8-4069-759e-a61a-3d3ade111a5b   linux_raid_member                               
    /dev/sdb: PTTYPE="dos" 
    /dev/sdc1        jO42qa-YJ7P-Q9BT-o01c-dz8U-iHLV-590KEJ LVM2_member                               
    /dev/sdc2: PTTYPE="dos" 
    /dev/sdc5        f90cb27d-6a9f-4aa1-ac32-48b7821c381b   ext2                                     
    /dev/sdc: PTTYPE="dos" 
    
    ============================ "mount | grep ^/dev  output: ===========================
    
    Device           Mount_Point              Type       Options
    
    aufs             /                        aufs       (rw)
    /dev/sr0         /cdrom                   iso9660    (ro,noatime)
    /dev/loop0       /rofs                    squashfs   (ro,noatime)
    /dev/sdc5        /media/f90cb27d-6a9f-4aa1-ac32-48b7821c381b ext2       (rw,nosuid,nodev,uhelper=udisks)
    
    
    ============================= sdc5/grub/grub.cfg: =============================
    
    #
    # DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE
    #
    # It is automatically generated by /usr/sbin/grub-mkconfig using templates
    # from /etc/grub.d and settings from /etc/default/grub
    #
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/00_header ###
    if [ -s /boot/grub/grubenv ]; then
      have_grubenv=true
      load_env
    fi
    set default="0"
    if [ ${prev_saved_entry} ]; then
      saved_entry=${prev_saved_entry}
      save_env saved_entry
      prev_saved_entry=
      save_env prev_saved_entry
    fi
    if [ ${recordfail} = 1 ]; then
      set timeout=-1
    else
      set timeout=10
    fi
    ### END /etc/grub.d/00_header ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###
    set menu_color_normal=white/black
    set menu_color_highlight=black/white
    ### END /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###
    menuentry "Ubuntu, Linux 2.6.31-22-server" {
            recordfail=1
            if [ -n ${have_grubenv} ]; then save_env recordfail; fi
    	set quiet=1
    	linux	/vmlinuz-2.6.31-22-server root=/dev/mapper/pufferfish-root ro   quiet splash
    	initrd	/initrd.img-2.6.31-22-server
    }
    menuentry "Ubuntu, Linux 2.6.31-22-server (recovery mode)" {
            recordfail=1
            if [ -n ${have_grubenv} ]; then save_env recordfail; fi
    	linux	/vmlinuz-2.6.31-22-server root=/dev/mapper/pufferfish-root ro single 
    	initrd	/initrd.img-2.6.31-22-server
    }
    menuentry "Ubuntu, Linux 2.6.31-20-server" {
            recordfail=1
            if [ -n ${have_grubenv} ]; then save_env recordfail; fi
    	set quiet=1
    	linux	/vmlinuz-2.6.31-20-server root=/dev/mapper/pufferfish-root ro   quiet splash
    	initrd	/initrd.img-2.6.31-20-server
    }
    menuentry "Ubuntu, Linux 2.6.31-20-server (recovery mode)" {
            recordfail=1
            if [ -n ${have_grubenv} ]; then save_env recordfail; fi
    	linux	/vmlinuz-2.6.31-20-server root=/dev/mapper/pufferfish-root ro single 
    	initrd	/initrd.img-2.6.31-20-server
    }
    menuentry "Ubuntu, Linux 2.6.31-19-server" {
            recordfail=1
            if [ -n ${have_grubenv} ]; then save_env recordfail; fi
    	set quiet=1
    	linux	/vmlinuz-2.6.31-19-server root=/dev/mapper/pufferfish-root ro   quiet splash
    	initrd	/initrd.img-2.6.31-19-server
    }
    menuentry "Ubuntu, Linux 2.6.31-19-server (recovery mode)" {
            recordfail=1
            if [ -n ${have_grubenv} ]; then save_env recordfail; fi
    	linux	/vmlinuz-2.6.31-19-server root=/dev/mapper/pufferfish-root ro single 
    	initrd	/initrd.img-2.6.31-19-server
    }
    menuentry "Ubuntu, Linux 2.6.31-14-server" {
            recordfail=1
            if [ -n ${have_grubenv} ]; then save_env recordfail; fi
    	set quiet=1
    	linux	/vmlinuz-2.6.31-14-server root=/dev/mapper/pufferfish-root ro   quiet splash
    	initrd	/initrd.img-2.6.31-14-server
    }
    menuentry "Ubuntu, Linux 2.6.31-14-server (recovery mode)" {
            recordfail=1
            if [ -n ${have_grubenv} ]; then save_env recordfail; fi
    	linux	/vmlinuz-2.6.31-14-server root=/dev/mapper/pufferfish-root ro single 
    	initrd	/initrd.img-2.6.31-14-server
    }
    ### END /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###
    menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+)" {
    	linux16	/memtest86+.bin
    }
    menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+, serial console 115200)" {
    	linux16	/memtest86+.bin console=ttyS0,115200n8
    }
    ### END /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
    if [ ${timeout} != -1 ]; then
      if keystatus; then
        if keystatus --shift; then
          set timeout=-1
        else
          set timeout=0
        fi
      else
        if sleep --interruptible 3 ; then
          set timeout=0
        fi
      fi
    fi
    ### END /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###
    # This file provides an easy way to add custom menu entries.  Simply type the
    # menu entries you want to add after this comment.  Be careful not to change
    # the 'exec tail' line above.
    ### END /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###
    
    =================== sdc5: Location of files loaded by Grub: ===================
    
    
      81.9GB: grub/core.img
      81.9GB: grub/grub.cfg
      81.7GB: initrd.img-2.6.31-14-server
      81.7GB: initrd.img-2.6.31-19-server
      81.7GB: initrd.img-2.6.31-20-server
      81.7GB: initrd.img-2.6.31-22-server
      81.7GB: vmlinuz-2.6.31-14-server
      81.7GB: vmlinuz-2.6.31-19-server
      81.7GB: vmlinuz-2.6.31-20-server
      81.7GB: vmlinuz-2.6.31-22-server
    I really hope you can help me get the computer to boot.... as you can see I have two rather large disks in a raid (mirrored) if it is not possible to "save" the linux installation is there a way I can at least recover the data on the raid?

    Thanks
    Jacob

    Edit> Checked the SMART status on the boot drive, there seems to be two errors. "Reallocated sector count" and "Current pending sector count" could these errors be the reason I now have boot issues? can it be fixed?
    thanks
    Last edited by Dr Strangelove; July 20th, 2010 at 03:45 PM. Reason: found SMART errors on boot drive

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