Ubuntu 7.10 MBR trouble lilo/grub. I screwed up the MBR and get "L 99 99" Lilo

Discussion in 'Linux Discussion' started by dazed and confused, May 4, 2008.

  1. errors-but Ubuntu uses grub Can't get either bootloader to install, only run into a series of errors.

    For starters, under the old version of mandrake LILO was functional. I run the basic Ubuntu install, no special options and now it won't boot. I only get the L from lilo and a screen full of 99 99 99 which I found out means it's trying to use the first stage of LILO. Supposedly the standard for Ubuntu is Grub though, so lilo should be gone.

    I am able to boot with the Ububtu Live disc. Is it possible I am trying to load to bootloaders onto a RAM disc created by the live CD to run the Graphical Desktop?

    I have gotten as far as establishing settings but everytime I try to /sbin/grub or grub> setup (hd0)(or whatever does the mbr) or even the step in LILO where it writes to the MBR I seem to run into errors. I cannot perform lilo -u (from clean install). I have tried to run the Super-GrubCD mbr-fix, again errors. If i try the grub prompt where it looks for stage 1 it can't find it.
  2. astazangasta Guest

    astazangasta
    No install program will (or should) overwrite your MBR - that's a surefire way to end up in trouble. Ubuntu uses grub by default, but it won't overwrite some other configuration in your MBR unless you tell it to, I think. But it sounds like you're well past that stage. Try this how-to:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=224351
  3. astazangasta Guest

    astazangasta
    No install program will (or should) overwrite your MBR - that's a surefire way to end up in trouble. Ubuntu uses grub by default, but it won't overwrite some other configuration in your MBR unless you tell it to, I think. But it sounds like you're well past that stage. Try this how-to:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=224351
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