Restore Grub

admin at admin at
Tue Jun 22 03:19:02 UTC 2004

Phil Schaffner wrote:

>On Mon, 2004-06-21 at 18:13 -0500, admin at wrote: 
>>I have a client that develops in both Windows and Linux.  They're using 
>>desktops that used to dual boot Windows 2000 and Fedora Core 2.  We're 
>>about to roll out Windows XP Pro to each of the workstations, and when I 
>>tested on one of them today, the Windows XP install wrote over the MBR 
>>and now Grub no longer comes up, just boots straight into Windows XP.  I 
>>searched the archived and say "grub-install \dev\hda" as a suggestion, 
>>but when I boot off the FC2 CD, it doesnt have grub-install anywhere on 
>>the CD.  Can someone give me another suggestion?
>Nice that they are supporting Linux.  A few suggestions in order of
>1.  Sell them on a cross-platform development environment (Focus of
>current Linux Journal - VMware (http://
> under Linux, or better yet separate dedicated systems
>for testing.  Don't install Windows XP dual-boot.  Dual-boot with M$ is
>a seldom-necessary evil to be avoided if possible, except for situations
>like accommodating the kid's games on a home system.  Hardware is cheap
>compared to the administrative problems accompanying dual-boot.
>2. Make advance preparations for XP clobbering the MBR by using
>"mkbootdisk --iso --device boot.iso `uname -r`" to make a bootable CD
>image that can then be burned to CD-ROM, boot to FC2, and run "grub-
>install /dev/hda".
>3.  Make advance preparations for XP clobbering the MBR by creating a
>grub boot floppy :  "grub-install /dev/fd0", or use attached script to
>make a GRUB boot floppy with a menu, boot to FC2, and run "grub-
>install /dev/hda". 
>4.  Boot FC2 CD in rescue mode, mount the installation under "/mnt/
>sysimage", IIRC, following directions, and run "grub-install /dev/hda"
>("\" is M$ notation for directory separators) after Bill Gates clobbers
>your MBR.  Beats me why you say it is not there.
I just did what you suggested.  Now when I do this, I get:
/sbin/grub: Not Found

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