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Installed mandriva over fedora core 6 cause I don't like FC6 but Mandriva hasn't come up in the boot loader and it still says fedora core 6, when I try ...
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    Problems with mandriva installation


    Installed mandriva over fedora core 6 cause I don't like FC6 but Mandriva hasn't come up in the boot loader and it still says fedora core 6, when I try to boot FC6 it comes up with:

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    Booting 'Fedora Core(2.6.18-1.2798.fc6)'
    
    root (hd0,4)
    
    Filesystem type is ext2fs, partition type is 0x83
    
    Kernal /vmlinux-2.6.18-1.2798.fc6 ro root=/dev/volgroup00/logvol00 rhgb quiet
    
    Error 15: file not found
    
    Press any key to continue
    Thankfully what evers gone wrong hasnt gone anywhere near my windows vista partition so I can still use my pc. If there's no easy way to fix this then can you instead tell me how to remove linux from my system (inluding grub).

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    did you change anything in Boot Loader section during Mandriva Installation?
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    No I left all the bootloader stuff as default

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    in that case, Mandriva Installation wasn't successful. installer has missed GRUB installation somehow or you have installed GRUB in boot sector of / (root) partition.

    boot up from Mandriva from DVD, mount its root partition ( /boot, if you created it ) and post the contents of /boot/grub/menu.lst file.
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    How do I do that? (I should have explained from the begining that I'm almost a compleet noob when it comes to linux)

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    boot up from Mandriva Installation DVD and select Rescue System.
    select Re-install Boot Loader in next Menu. if it throws any error, Select Mount Your Partitions Under /mnt and Go to Console.
    execute this
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    less /mnt/boot/grub/menu.lst
    post output here.
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    Ok will do cheers

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    Hi guys sorry for not getting back to you sooner but I've had a flurry of a-level exams and haven't had time to even think about computers let alone try and fix my installation of mandriva.

    Ok I did what you asked and this is what was returned:

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    /mnt/boot/grub/menu.lst: No such file or directory [root@rescue/]#
    Dunno whats wrong but I saw an option to reinstall the windows boot loader. If I did that and then wiped the linux partition using vista, then reinstalled mandriva using the "install on free space on windows partition" would that solve the problem?

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    you booted up in Rescue Mode and correct path is
    Code:
    less /boot/grub/menu.lst
    try to re-install GRUB.
    Code:
    grub-install /dev/hda

    if your harddisk is SATA, replace hda with sda.
    in case, it doesn't work post the contents of menu.lst file here.

    If I did that and then wiped the linux partition using vista, then reinstalled mandriva using the "install on free space on windows partition" would that solve the problem?
    it should sort out the problem but i suggest you to post menu.lst here before re-installing. its easy to fix this problem.
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    Ok then... Did what you said and just got more errors! GRRR! LOL

    Code:
    less /boot/grub/menu.lst
    gave out another
    Code:
    No such file or directory
    and

    Code:
    grub-install /dev/hda
    gave out
    Code:
    mkdir: cannot create directory '/boot': File exists
    so... erm... what do I do now?

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