View Full Version : [ubuntu] Need Grub (dell 2400 booting from External HD)

October 26th, 2010, 03:48 AM

First time user of Ubuntu and first post on this forum. So i installed Ubuntu on an external hard drive, it took me a couple days. I followed the web sights direction and when i saw the option for windows or Ubuntu, clicked Ubuntu and that brought me to this:

GNU GRUB Version 1.98+2010...

Minimal BASH-like line editing is suported. For the first word, TAB list possible command completion. Anywhere else TAB list possible device or file completions.


If anyone could Give me the grub for this Id greatly appreciat it. Also if you have anything i could read or educate myself with id also appreciat it but just the grub would be exelent either way.

No tricksters Im having a profetional check this stuff before i use any of it, if your wondering why they cant help me, they are buisy.

-Thanks For Your Time.

October 26th, 2010, 04:51 AM
Welcome to the forum.

Do you know the drive & partition you have installed to?

Can you manually boot:
X is drive 0,1 etc
Y is partition 1, 2 etc
Grub uses hd0,1 for first drive, first partition but Ubuntu is sda1 or drive 0 = a, partition 1 = 1
Adjust drive, partition to your install Example is sda5 or hd0,5:
#If on (hd0,5) or sda5
sh:grub>ls (hd0,5)/
#Should show the links vmlinuz & initrd.img
sh:grub>linux (hd0,5)/vmlinuz root=/dev/sda5
sh:grub>initrd (hd0,5)/initrd.img

Display the drives/partitions known to GRUB 2.

ls (hdX,Y)/
Display the contents of the / folder of the designated drive/partition.

If you need detailed help:
Boot Info Script courtesy of forum member meierfra
Page with instructions and download:
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.

More info:
General info:
The Grub 2 Guide (formerly Grub 2 Basics)