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Old 14-02-2009
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Linux Boot Loader corrupt
  

Hey Guys, please help me! I had some issues with Windows XP SP2 on my dual boot system and hence i repaired my Windows XP SP2 with the windows bootable and now my linux boot loader disappeared. Is there a way tom re-create the linux boot loader so that i can boot in to linux! Please help guys!

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Re: Linux Boot Loader corrupt.

You must provide more details my friend! different variants of linux uses different boot loader like : Ubuntu uses GRUB, fedora has its own Fedora boot loader, and so on. Which was your linux distribution? Provide more details so that you get proper and accurate solution. All the best!
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Re: Linux Boot Loader corrupt.

Well mine was Ubuntu 8.10 64-bit linux. Is there a was to install the linux boot loader again without damaging my Windows XP partition and boot option...!? Please help guys! I work on Ubuntu Linux and i swtich Windows XP just to play games!
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Re: Linux Boot Loader corrupt.

You can boot from floppy to Linux (you do have a boot floppy, don't you?) and run grub and it will re-install itself in the MBR, or you can boot a live Linux CD and get to your installation from there. If you do that, be certain that the version of grub you run is the one in your install, and not the one on the CD (I just discovered that problem on one of my dual boot systems after moving to a new disk drive).

It should require something like:

%grub
>root (hd0,0) Tell grub where the root of the grub install is
>setup (hd0)
>quit

If you have a boot partition that has the grub files in it, you need to specify that partition as the "root". The kernel command in grub.conf will tell the kernel where the root of the file system is.

Once you boot Linux and mount the drives so you can look at grub.conf it should be clear.
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