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    Question Grub2 menu not showing. Can't select OS :(

    I recently installed Linux Mint 9 (corresponding to Lucid Lynx) on my laptop using an usb stick. And I don't know how but I somehow managed to get grub installed onto the usb, while the OS onto the hard-disk. So now I can't boot into my machine without using the usb drive.

    I tried the standard way of reinstalling grub2. The procedure worked without any errors but didn't solve the problem either.

    Is there any way that I can resolve this issue without reinstalling the OS? I had put in far too much time into configuring Mint and would very much like to not do a reinstall.

    Thanks in advance
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    Re: Grub2 menu not showing. Can't select OS :(

    Did you try using synaptic to completely remove grub, then reinstall it?

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    Re: Grub2 menu not showing. Can't select OS :(

    Moved to Other OS/Distro Talk.
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    Re: Grub2 menu not showing. Can't select OS :(

    Tried reinstalling grub completely to no avail. Also tried using boot-repair options to restore grub.

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    Re: Grub2 menu not showing. Can't select OS :(

    That is not what I asked. Did you completely remove grub & reinstall it?

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    Re: Grub2 menu not showing. Can't select OS :(

    Yes.

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    Re: Grub2 menu not showing. Can't select OS :(

    Ok, open your terminal & try this sudo apt-get purge grub-pc then sudo grub-install /dev/sda (assuming you want it on your first hard drive)

    Make sure you don't reboot after purging, you won't have a boot loader installed, which you probably already know. You may have to reinstall it before you can use the grub-install command.

    Here's an article on an application and/or liveCD that might make it easy if you want to use it, or the command line method won't work.

    http://www.webupd8.org/2011/06/boot-...sues.html#more
    Last edited by cbowman57; June 19th, 2011 at 04:14 PM.

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    Re: Grub2 menu not showing. Can't select OS :(

    The command "sudo grub-install /dev/sda" is returning error that grub-install.real is not found. Shouldn't I reinstall grub-pc before using that command?

    I have already tried boot-repair, but from my local installation rather than live cd; will do that now.
    Last edited by varunrajan; June 19th, 2011 at 04:20 PM.

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    Re: Grub2 menu not showing. Can't select OS :(

    Quote Originally Posted by varunrajan View Post
    The command "sudo grub-install /dev/sda" is returning error that grub-install.real is not found. Shouldn't I reinstall grub-pc before using that command?

    I have already tried boot-repair, but from my local installation rather than live cd; will do that now.
    I'm guessing that you will have to reinstall it before using grub-install. There is also the grub-install --force /dev/sdx method but if it were me I'd like it to install cleanly.

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    Re: Grub2 menu not showing. Can't select OS :(

    Purged and reinstalled grub, and executed the grub-install command. Also tried running boot-repair from liveusb but still no luck.

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