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    Grub error : unknown filesystem

    I have an ASUS EEE 901 which i had previously installed Ubuntu on. I tried to upgrade recently to 10.04 using a flash drive, since I don't have a cd drive on it.
    Now every time I try to boot I get

    error:unknown filesystem
    grub rescue>

    I tried looking up grub rescue commands but I can't make heads nor tails of it.

    Looking through solutions posted here for other people who've had similar problems it seems they all require me to boot with a LiveCD, which I obviously can't do.

    any ideas?

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    Re: Grub error : unknown filesystem

    Often all you have to do is reinstall grub.

    Your USB that you used for installing should be the same as a liveCD except bootable from a USB port.
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: Grub error : unknown filesystem

    I tried that but I get the same error message even when i boot from the usb drive.

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    Re: Grub error : unknown filesystem

    If you are getting the same message, are you sure you switched to boot from the USB. If you were able to install from it you have to be able to boot and then the error message must be from your internal drive.
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
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    Re: Grub error : unknown filesystem

    From the grub rescue, you should be able to boot your ubuntu installation using the following commands. If you know what partition ubuntu is on, then don't bother with the ls commands. e.g. /dev/sda1 is (hd0,1) and /dev/sda5 is (hd0,5), /dev/sdb1 is (hd1,1) etc.

    Code:
    #show you the available partitions
    ls
    #look for boot files on the partitions
    ls (hd0,1)/boot
    # continue until you see vmlinuz-2.6.xxxx
    #then boot that linux replacing hd0,1 with your partition
    insmod ext2
    set root=(hd0,1)
    # in the next command sda1 represents (hd0,1), sdb2 would be for (hd1,2)
    linux /vmlinuz root=/dev/sda1 ro quiet splash
    initrd /initrd.img
    boot
    Then once you've booted successfully, you just install the grub bootloader and regenerate your grub menu for good measure:
    Code:
    sudo grub-install /dev/sda
    #and just in case
    sudo update-grub
    And you should be good to reboot.

    Caveat: I just tried the above instructions and it booted my ubuntu - with the following difference. Since I booted from my usb, grub sees it as (hd0) but it's /dev/sdb. If you boot from your harddrive, then the mapping shown above (hd0 = sda) should work.

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