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    HDD Install won´t boot (Grub in root partition:-( )

    Hi,

    I installed Knoppix 3.9 on hda3 in the "Beginner"-Mode (i think). I decided not to install Grub in the mbr, because i was afraid of losing my Win XP-Installation. "Grub-MBR-Install" sounds really dangerous...

    Is there any way to install Grub to the mbr yet? Or do i have to run the whole install-script again?




    weirdjd

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    A HD install of Knoppix is not recommended as it is not easy to support if you are not an expert or do not want to become an expert. See http://www.knoppix.net/wiki/Hd_Install_HowTo

    I assume that your C: drive is partition hda1 & your Linux install partition is hda2 is using the ext3fs filesystem.
    Boot the Knoppix 3.9 CD. In a konsole window, at the command prompt, mount the hda2 partition.
    sudo mount -t ext3 /dev/hda2 /mnt/hda2
    Then you must check to see if the grub boot menu exists.
    sudo kate /mnt/hda2/boot/grub/menu.lst

    If it doesn't, well it is probably easier to run through the whole install again. If it does exist then you can proceed. You will chroot into the /mnt/hda2.
    sudo chroot /mnt/hda2/ /bin/bash

    If that is successful then then run grub-install & apply grub to the MBR.
    grub-installer /dev/hda

    If that is successful, type exit:
    exit

    Then unmount the /mnt/hda2.
    sudo umount /mnt/hda2

    Then reboot knoppix via the GUI or with the command:
    sudo init 6

    if you have any problems with this, then please leave detailed info & questions.
    I hope this helps.
    James

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    thanx

    I know, I know... it's a live-cd. I thought i could speed it up a little.
    I tried the persitent-image-thing - and it works. Thats enough for the moment. I will try to install a real Debian during the semester break.

    Thanks anyway.

    weirdjd

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