View Full Version : [ubuntu] GRUB on floppy, formatted C, lost Ubuntu

July 20th, 2008, 04:40 PM
I recently upgraded to Hardy Heron. My setup was a triple boot of sorts: Windows 98SE and Dr-DOS dual boot on the HD. Then, using the GRUB on a floppy I would get into Ubuntu. All this worked fine.

Well, to use some necessary software it was necessary to upgrade to Windows XP. I wanted a clean install, and naively thought that the GRUB floppy had all the necessary information to boot into Ubuntu. So, I formatted the C: drive and installed Windows XP and DR-DOS. Alas! -- now when I boot up from the floppy all I get is a grub> prompt.

I do have both the alternate install and the live CDs for Hardy Heron.

What should I do now to get back Ubuntu? Any help would be most gratefully appreciated.


July 20th, 2008, 04:58 PM
Does it boot straight to Windows without the floppy?
To start boot the Ubuntu live cd, open terminal and run this and post the output...

sudo fdisk -lu
(small L)
This will list your partitions so we can see whats there.

July 20th, 2008, 09:01 PM
From the command sudo fdisk -lu I got:

device boot [...] ID system

/dev/sda1 * 6 FAT16
/dev/sda2 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda3 83 Linux
/dev/sda5 6 FAT16
/dev/sda6 b W95 FAT32
/dev/sda7 b W95 FAT32
/dev/sda8 b W95 FAT32
/dev/sda9 82 Linux swap /Solaris

On your question: When I boot up without the floppy I get a dual boot installed by DR-DOS: either Windows or DR-DOS.