[nSLUG] Reinstalling Boot Loader - was Newbie needs help

Betti Ann & Preston Smith prsmith at ns.sympatico.ca
Sat May 14 07:06:19 ADT 2005


Thank you for your clear and helpful explanation.

As soon as I get my XP system stabilized I will spend time getting the 
Ubuntu side running.  Regretfully, I goofed in that I did not create a 
rescue disk so I will have to do a bit more research.  If nothing else, 
my oversight regarding the disk reinforces the need to create and 
protect such a beast. And the process of recreating the loader will take 
me a few steps further into the depths of Linux.


Doug McComber said the following on 11-May-05 19:49:
> HI Preston,
> Of course Windows will always overwrite a Linux boot loader (or any
> other for that matter) because Bill Gates refuses to believe anyone
> would want to use another OS!
> Anyway, rant aside, to reinstall a Linux boot loader one generally
> uses a "rescue" cd.  Usually distribution's install cd doubles as a
> rescue cd, you often just have to type "rescue" at the boot prompt
> (try hitting tab first to get a list of valid boot options).
> I'm not overly familiar with Ubuntu (maybe someonelse can help out?). 
> Its rescue mode may have a menu option for resinstalling the boot
> loader.  If not and you have to do it by hand here is an outline of
> tasks:
> - Get to the console
> - install lilo (if not already installed)
> - edit your lilo.conf file (the rescue cd will probably mount your
> Linux partition for you)
> - chroot to your Linux partition (i.e. chroot /dev/hda3 /bin/bash)
> - run lilo (just type lilo and press return)
> - If there were no errors you're good to go, exit the chroot and exit
> the rescue cd.
> Some of these steps may require more in-depth explanations.  Just ask
> if you need more help!
> Regards,
> Doug
> On 5/10/05, Betti Ann & Preston Smith <prsmith at ns.sympatico.ca> wrote:
>>Hi Doug!
>>Thanks for your reply.
>>The partition was there but it was empty.  I started to reload all of my
>>programs but I decided it was time to migrate from W98 to XP Home.  I
>>bought a version of XP at a good price and loaded it then I reloaded all
>>of my programs.  Of course the XP install deleted the boot loader.
>>How do I restore it?  I was not impressed with Grub installed by Ubuntu
>>and would like to use LILO.  Can you give me a clue how to do this?
>>Doug McComber said the following on 07-May-05 11:15:
>>>Hi Preston,
>>>What exactly do you mean by "delete the vfat partition"?  Do  you mean
>>>the vfat line in fstab is gone?  Or did you delete all the files but
>>>the vfat partition is still there?  Or, did you use a partitioning
>>>tool (such as fdisk) and now the partition (hda1) is no longer there?
>>>>From the console (or an xterm) when you type:
>>>     fdisk /dev/hda
>>>then type p and press enter.  You should see a listing of all
>>>partitions.  Is /dev/hda1 there?  If it is, does it say vfat under the
>>>system column?  If so, then your vfat partition is still there.  If
>>>the hda1 partition is gone you can sometimes recover it by simply
>>>adding a new partition with the same specs (start block, end block,
>>>etc).  This is because as long as the data has not been overwritten it
>>>is still physically on the hard drive.
>>>If on the other hand, you have deleted the files while in Linux, then
>>>I doubt there is any way to recover them.
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