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[Jan. 10th, 2010|09:33 pm]


Hardy Heron recovery...

I've been having this oddball X failure problem. I posted about it a couple of months ago, with no joy. After weeks of moderate dinking (the machine would work, but I could only use it remotely... not really a problem as it was a file server). It turns out the entire problem was a failing graphics card. I've replaced the card, and when rebooting, selected an older kernel... just to see what would happen with the new graphics card. This apparently was a problem as now I'm getting some error when I use the normal kernels, as they say the files don't exist.

Here's my question:

Isn't there a recovery option on the live CD? I've booted from the ISO I used to originally install, and I don't see that as an option. I boot into the live CD, and I don't see that as an option either. I've tried installing, and it never seems to recognize that there exists an existing partition...

Is it a question of editing grub?

I'm really lost. I really, really don't want to go for a complete reinstall...

From: oholiab
2010-01-10 11:12 pm (UTC)
I think you need to paste the output in question here, as otherwise it's impossible to diagnose what the actual issue is.
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[User Picture]From: budhaboy
2010-01-10 11:22 pm (UTC)
Grub opens, I select the version I want to boot, and I get the following grub error:

error 15: file not found.

I'm guessing that somehow grub's become corrupted.
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[User Picture]From: eternal_leave
2010-01-11 06:59 am (UTC)
as far as I can see the problem is that grub is unable to load the kernel image.
please do the following:
while in grub boot menu navigate to the menu entry you want to boot;
press 'e'
copy-paste the output here

after that boot from live-cd and execute 'fdisk -l /dev/sda' (or whatever your HDD name is) as root and copy-paste the output here
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[User Picture]From: budhaboy
2010-01-11 10:16 am (UTC)
I think I've fixed the problem. I changed the following in the bios:

1) I altered the order of which drive is assigned to which position.
2) assigned the boot drive to the drive that has the actual kernel on it.

I'm wondering why the same options in grub are coming up... but it seems to boot perfectly now.

NOTE: there are six drives in the box. four RAID array, 1 'new' boot drive, 1 'old' boot drive, that I'd have sworn I removed after the old one failed.
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