I'm fixing up an old win xp computer. I wiped it clean and installed Lubuntu on it. After a succesful installation of the alternative lubuntu 12.10 32-bit ISO using unetbootin, guess what? The computer failed to start from the HDD.
I noticed that during the installation, the installer recognized the thumb drive as sda en the harddrive as sdb. After the installation was done, it asked me if I wanted to install the bootloader in the MBR, which I OK'ed. It seems it has installed it on the mbr of the stick. The only way to start the computer is to leave the thumb drive in and set the it as primary boot device. The pc then happily boots with a rattling hard drive...
Is there an 'easy' way to copy / move the boot loader to the actual computer HDD?
Below is the output of 'sudo fdisk -l':
Disk /dev/sda: 80.0 GB, 80025280000 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9729 cylinders, total 156299375 sectors Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes Disk identifier: 0x000d45b5 Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sda1 2048 154269695 77133824 83 Linux /dev/sda2 154271742 156297215 1012737 5 Extended /dev/sda5 154271744 156297215 1012736 82 Linux swap / Solaris Disk /dev/sdb: 4009 MB, 4009754624 bytes 23 heads, 23 sectors/track, 14804 cylinders, total 7831552 sectors Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes Disk identifier: 0xf7015406 Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System /dev/sdb1 * 8064 7831551 3911744 b W95 FAT32
I solved the issue by running 'sudo grub-install /dev/sda' Sorry for jumping the gun here and cluttering up the forum...
Last edited by Erik (2012-12-30 18:03:11)