Big problem after upgrading grub

James & Nash james.austin1984 at
Thu Oct 29 19:29:38 EDT 2009

Hi Cheryl,

I have a Toshiba Techra, and to boot from CD without setting it in the BIOS 
as like you, I cannot see the screen, I hold down F12 and then press the 
right arrow as I have been told that this will boot from the CD drive.


Take care

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Cheryl Homiak" <cahomiak at>
To: "Speakup is a screen review system for Linux." <speakup at>
Sent: Thursday, October 29, 2009 11:18 PM
Subject: Big problem after upgrading grub

> Hi all.
> On one of my computers, I mistakenly thought the new grub was working 
> okay and I ran the upgrade-from-legacy command. It's obvious I didn't 
> know what I was doing!!! At any rate, now the computer won't boot and  of 
> course since I can't read the screen I have no idea what's going  on. To 
> make things worse, it isn't set to boot from cdrom so I can't  just pop in 
> a cd and try to use it; it's a thinkpad t23 laptop though  I don't think 
> that makes much difference with this problem. what I  want to know is:  is 
> there anything I can do to get a command prompt  of some kind and type 
> something to get grub to try another device if  that's the problem or is 
> there anything else I can do or am I going to  have to wait and see if 
> somebody can help me try to set the cdrom to  boot; for some reason I've 
> had problems doing this though I've had  other thinkpads and gotten them 
> to reboot from cdrom.
> I know this was all my own fault for running the upgrade command and  if I 
> have to wait and try to get sighted help I'll of course do that,  but if 
> anybody has any suggestion of something I can try on my own  I'll try just 
> about anything. There is a floppy drive I can attach or  insert but I 
> think that would be pretty complicated; it might be a  possibility though.
> Tia.
> -- 
> Cheryl
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> and the meditation of my heart,
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