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Calais225
August 4th, 2010, 02:08 AM
Turned on my computer this evening (WinXP and Karmic Koala) and it won't boot. I get this message on a black sceen:


"Minimal BASH-like line editing is supported. For the first word, TAB lists possible command completions. Anywhere else TAB lists possible device/file completions."

then this prompt appears---right after the above, without me entering anything.

"rescue:grub"

Okay, I'm flummoxed. What do I do now?

Thanks,

Bill

sandyd
August 4th, 2010, 02:34 AM
Turned on my computer this evening (WinXP and Karmic Koala) and it won't boot. I get this message on a black sceen:


"Minimal BASH-like line editing is supported. For the first word, TAB lists possible command completions. Anywhere else TAB lists possible device/file completions."

then this prompt appears---right after the above, without me entering anything.

"rescue:grub"

Okay, I'm flummoxed. What do I do now?

Thanks,

Bill
Means grub bootloader went bad
boot up to a livecd and run


wget -c http://cdnetworks-us-2.dl.sourceforge.net/project/bootinfoscript/bootinfoscript/0.55/boot_info_script055.sh
chmod 777 boot_info_script055.sh
sudo bash ./boot_info_script005.sh

Calais225
August 4th, 2010, 03:32 PM
Being such a noob, I just typed, word for word what Carlee suggested. I suspect that each line shown needs me to press enter??? at the end of the lines she posted?

Didn't work the first time when I typed in all of her code and only pressed enter at the end.

Sorry to be so dense.

Bill

Calais225
August 4th, 2010, 04:54 PM
Tried the commands line by line. Worked. But, after the connection timing out several times, I got a 404 error.

Now what?

I do have a dvd form Linux Format Magazine with Fedora and super grub disk on it. Plus an article from the magazine on how to repair grub etc. but I can't figure out how to get the super grub program from the dvd onto the desktop as it just wants to load fedora when i put the dvd in.


Apparently the super grub disk program should repair grub without even a live cd but I can't figure out how.

It says:sudo update-grub
and sudo install-grub

but I can't get the program off the dvd.

Maybe I should try and download it onto a usb key?

Help, please.

Bill

oldfred
August 4th, 2010, 05:30 PM
Carlee code was meant to be copied and pasted into the terminal to avoid typing errors.

Another way:

Boot Info Script courtesy of forum member meierfra
Page with instructions and download:
http://bootinfoscript.sourceforge.net/
Paste results.txt, then highlight entire file and click on # in edit panel(code tags) to make it easier to read.
Or You can generate the tags first by pressing the # icon in the post's menu and then paste the contents between the generated [ code][ /code] tags.

Calais225
August 4th, 2010, 05:41 PM
finally was able to do the code that Carlee suggested.

The file boot_info_script055.sh was saved.

typed chmod 777 boot_info_script055.sh

then typed sudo bash ./boot_info_script055.sh

and got No such file or directory

Now what?

Bill

Calais225
August 4th, 2010, 06:00 PM
Thanks to OldFred I have found the file.

The directions said to paste the results of the txt file here to I will try that.


/home/ubuntu/Desktop/RESULTS.txt

HOpe that is how I was supposed to paste it.

Bill

wondering what to do now?

Calais225
August 4th, 2010, 06:02 PM
or do i just paste this?


Boot Info Script 0.55 dated February 15th, 2010

============================= Boot Info Summary: ==============================

=> Grub 2 is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda and looks for
(UUID=7680772a-b484-4a27-89a4-7442e0ea466d)/boot/grub.
=> Windows is installed in the MBR of /dev/sdb

sda1: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: vfat
Boot sector type: Dell Utility: Fat16
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System: Windows 95
Boot files/dirs: /IO.SYS /MSDOS.SYS /COMMAND.COM

sda2: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: ntfs
Boot sector type: Windows XP
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System:
Boot files/dirs: /boot.ini /ntldr /NTDETECT.COM

sdb1: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: ntfs
Boot sector type: Windows XP
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System:
Boot files/dirs:

sdb2: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: Extended Partition
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:

sdb5: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system:
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:
Mounting failed:
mount: unknown filesystem type ''

sdb6: __________________________________________________ _______________________

File system: swap
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:

=========================== Drive/Partition Info: =============================

Drive: sda ___________________ __________________________________________________ ___

Disk /dev/sda: 40.0 GB, 40020664320 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4865 cylinders, total 78165360 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x9dc96e9e

Partition Boot Start End Size Id System

/dev/sda1 63 64,259 64,197 de Dell Utility
/dev/sda2 * 64,260 78,156,224 78,091,965 7 HPFS/NTFS


Drive: sdb ___________________ __________________________________________________ ___

Disk /dev/sdb: 120.0 GB, 120034123776 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 14593 cylinders, total 234441648 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xec8ab693

Partition Boot Start End Size Id System

/dev/sdb1 63 181,309,589 181,309,527 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sdb2 181,309,590 234,436,544 53,126,955 5 Extended
/dev/sdb5 181,309,653 232,155,314 50,845,662 83 Linux
/dev/sdb6 232,155,378 234,436,544 2,281,167 82 Linux swap / Solaris


blkid -c /dev/null: __________________________________________________ __________

Device UUID TYPE LABEL

/dev/loop0 squashfs
/dev/sda1 07D3-0C03 vfat DellUtility
/dev/sda2 1C885DEF885DC7C2 ntfs
/dev/sdb1 A0E8D896E8D86BD2 ntfs Storage
/dev/sdb5: ambivalent result (probably more filesystems on the device)
/dev/sdb6 808f4aa2-8284-4496-9799-42ae9addfb73 swap

============================ "mount | grep ^/dev output: ===========================

Device Mount_Point Type Options

aufs / aufs (rw)
/dev/sr0 /cdrom iso9660 (rw)
/dev/loop0 /rofs squashfs (rw)


================================ sda2/boot.ini: ================================

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOW S
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
=======Devices which don't seem to have a corresponding hard drive==============

sdc

oldfred
August 4th, 2010, 08:08 PM
You have a random file error that is easily corrected from a liveCD.

ambivalent result (probably more filesystems on the device)

http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/bootinfoscript/index.php?title=Boot_Problems:minix

Calais225
August 4th, 2010, 10:30 PM
Tried several of the suggestions on that page....no luck.

Reinstalled Ubuntu and things are back up and running.

Now to figure out how to removed the extra kernels.