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Re: Problem with reinstallation, bootloader

From: Marek Benc
Subject: Re: Problem with reinstallation, bootloader
Date: Wed, 05 Nov 2014 20:36:15 +0100
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Riccardo Mottola wrote:
> Riccardo Mottola wrote:
>> Hi,
>> since I cannot boot my machine anymore since weeks, even after trying
>> to install the previous versions of hurd, gnumach and libc I did not
>> get the box to end the boot sequence. Thus, since I reinstalled
>> everything, I have all my /home data in a separate partition anyway.
>> Since my CD was not properly readable anymore for an install, I
>> downloaded  the first debian HURD install CD. It is from 2013.
>> I used the "text only" install. The pseud-graphical (exactly as the
>> rescue mode) sends my monitor (I tried both an LCD and a CRT) to a
>> black screen, but with a signal, but not out of sync. Very strange.
>> Anyway, installation went smooth except two things
>> 1) no network detected (although HURD supports my network card since
>> years)
>> 2) no bootloader installed
>> the first is a minor problem I hope, once installed it will perhaps
>> work, maybe just some modules or drivers where missing ?
>> The second however is a problem: my reinstalled system is not
>> bootable. No particular errors where shown and I tried twice
>> repeating the installation step. How may I fix that using the CD?
>> Riccardo
Hi there.

My best bet would be to load up the CD in expert mode, pick the option
to go to the console, mount and chroot into the system and manually
install the bootloader to the disk from there. ( # grub2-install
--no-floppy /dev/hd0 (or whatever disk you're booting from); #
update-grub2 )

Also, in my case, switching to a non-stripped kernel (such as
gnumach-image-1.4-486-dbg) fixed the problem of the system stopping at
starting exec (Which I recall you were having as well), so while you're
in the chroot, installing that would also be a good idea (perhaps
copying the .deb onto the hard drive using a live GNU/Linux CD?)


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