Big problem after upgrading grub

Kenny Hitt kenny at
Thu Oct 29 21:45:26 EDT 2009

Hi.  you didn't say what distro.  If Debian,
you are probably running Squeeze.  I got bit by this problem in Sid at the beginning of September.
The error is occurring during loading stage 2 of grub.  Booting from a cd was the only way to fix it.
If you aren't running Debian, forget this message.


On Thu, Oct 29, 2009 at 06:18:23PM -0500, Cheryl Homiak wrote:
> 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
> "Let the words of my mouth,
> and the meditation of my heart,
> be acceptable in thy sight,
> O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer."
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