Only mem test showing on GRUB 1.98

Gary J. Kirkpatrick garyartista at
Tue Jan 20 07:22:10 UTC 2015

Thanks for the thoughts.  I've asked him to run mem test and also to tell
me what he was doing.   I doubt he would try to install an o.s. From what
he is saying I gather he would not know how or he would have booted with
one already.

On Mon, Jan 19, 2015 at 9:17 PM, Tommy Trussell <tommy.trussell at>

> On Mon, Jan 19, 2015 at 11:28 AM, Gary J. Kirkpatrick <
> garyartista at> wrote:
>> I installed Ubuntu 10 on a number of computers in Panama when I was a
>> Peace Corps volunteer.  One of them contacted me. When grub loads all he
>> has to choose from is memory test.  Grub version 1.98.
>> 1) Should I just have him go ahead an run the memory test, say over
>> night?
>> 2) He says he ran a program which resulted in this problem.  I do not
>> know what he did.  I think it is probably just a GRUB issue as he is not
>> the kind of user that would somehow wipe the system.
>> I figure to just have him install Xubuntu on a usb and take a look at the
>> drives to see what is there and then run Boot repair.
>> Any thoughts?
> Could it be the "program" this person ran was some sort of installation
> disc -- maybe a Windows or linux OS installer? And maybe he killed the
> power on the box the moment he realized it was erasing things on the drive,
> leaving grub in place but something else changed on the OS partition(s) so
> grub can no longer see them? I don't know how likely it might be, but it
> seems possible.
> Your suggested procedure may be a good first step to identify and/or
> correct the problem, but it might also be instructive (especially to the
> user) to figure out what sequence of events caused it.
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