bad grub

Brian Astill bastill at
Sun May 15 01:05:02 UTC 2005

I have my own bootloader, so I didn't want grub when I installed hoary 
recently, so answered the grub questions "No".  I was _very_ annoyed when the 
install reboot presented me with that obscure ">grub" prompt.  :-(

Is this a bug in ubuntu?

I got the system going again (thanks to google and my other system) by:
grub> root (hd1,0)
grub> kernel /vmlinuz root=/dev/hdb1
grub> initrd /initrd.img
grub> boot

Then updated (using synaptic/smart updates) and looked at the system and 
noticed that /boot/grub did not contain a "menu.lst" file.  Thinking that 
this was the reason for the "grub>" prompt, I put a menu.lst in that 
directory.  On reboot all I got was GRUB and a freeze only cured by 
ctrl-alt-delete.  Maybe that "menu.lst" was faulty? - So I removed it using 
Freesbie.  Unfortunately, that didn't help.  Selecting "Linux" from my 
bootloader still gives me that uppercase word GRUB and a complete freeze.

Anyone know how I can recover?  Even a return to the "grub>" prompt would be 


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