Only mem test showing on GRUB 1.98

Gary J. Kirkpatrick garyartista at
Tue Jan 20 07:22:43 UTC 2015

On Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 8:22 AM, Gary J. Kirkpatrick <garyartista at>

> 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>
> wrote:
>> 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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