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Thread: Help! Clean install, no grub, manual restore won't work

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    Help! Clean install, no grub, manual restore won't work

    Had a perfectly stable dual boot XP/Hardy going for about a week. I had to re-install Windows. When trying to add grub back to the MBR, I encountered some errors (unfortunately I didn't log them), so I opted to do a clean Ubuntu install as well.

    Now after the clean install, the system still boots straight to Windows, even if I manually switch the boot order in the BIOS.

    In grub:
    * "find /boot/grub/stage1" turns up "Error 15: File not found"

    root (hd0,0)
    root (hd0,0)
    grub> setup (hd0)
    setup (hd0)
    Checking if "/boot/grub/stage1" exists... no
    Checking if "/grub/stage1" exists... yes
    Checking if "/grub/stage2" exists... yes
    Checking if "/grub/e2fs_stage1_5" exists... yes
    Running "embed /grub/e2fs_stage1_5 (hd0)"... 16 sectors are embedded.
    succeeded
    Running "install /grub/stage1 (hd0) (hd0)1+16 p (hd0,0)/grub/stage2 /grub/menu.lst"... succeeded

    and it still doesn't work. Any help is much, much appreciated!!

    fdisk info below...



    Disk /dev/sda: 750.1 GB, 750156374016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 91201 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x00051088

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 1 24 192748+ 83 Linux
    /dev/sda2 25 3063 24410767+ 83 Linux
    /dev/sda3 3064 91201 707968485 83 Linux

    Disk /dev/sdb: 750.1 GB, 750156374016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 91201 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x8c188c18

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdb1 * 1 3824 30716248+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$

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    Re: Help! Clean install, no grub, manual restore won't work

    First of all, when you say it boots straight into Windows, do you see the Grub message on startup saying "press ESC for menu" or something like that? Or does it truly boot straight into Windows?

    Please boot a Live CD, open a terminal, do the following and post the results:
    Code:
    sudo mount /dev/sda1 /mnt
    cat /mnt/grub/menu.lst
    That should print your menu.lst based on the info you gave. Also for completeness do the following:
    Code:
    sudo grub
    grub> geometry (hd0)
    grub> geometry (hd1)
    grub> find /grub/stage1
    And again, post the results.

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