Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Linux to the rescue

Yesterday, I wrote that Windows killed my laptop. A few updates, and my laptop wouldn't boot anymore - not to Windows, not to Linux, nothing.

Fortunately, I have a USB flash drive with Fedora 15 beta, so I was able to boot from that and get back to work.

A few of you suggested that one of the Windows updates had messed up the boot sector. I thought that sounded a likely culprit. A little googling, and I quickly found several suggestions to restore the Linux "GRUB" boot selector.

So, now my laptop boots again! That's Linux to the rescue.

3 comments:

  1. There's an article floating around on the Interwebz about how "Windows 7 has declared war on GRUB" (or something like that). It details problems similar to, and in some instances even worse than, yours.
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    a Linux Mint user since 2009 May 1

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  2. Here's the link:

    Windows 7 Declares War on GRUB, posted 6 May, 2011 by ZDNet UK.

    You are not alone.

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  3. Good to hear it's working again. I was going to suggest MSWin screwed the MBR but I shut down my computer without realizing I didn't complete the post.

    In one instance (about 4 years ago) WinXP was putting up such a fight that I set up grub to run from the partition record instead and booted grub via ntldr.

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