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#1 SPEhosting

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 18:10

I installed backtrack r3 onto a sd card.... but that seemed to change my grub loader.... now i just get "cant find device" when ever I try and use just my HDD, usb boot linux works fine but I want to get back to my ubuntu partition ;( .... I have never had this issue before can someone walk me through in detail what I need to do...

Its nothing to do with the boot order...

helps please ? :D all my files are encrypted so will be annoying to sort them out if i have to re install :L which i doubt i need to do...


#2 +bman

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 18:42

So I would clarify your situation.

You had Ubuntu installed on an internal hard drive correct?

You then installed Backtrack on a sd card and put that into the same system?

If you run Linux off a USB live stick it works? Is that correct?


Did you use Backtrack at all, or you instantly had issues?

#3 Mike Loney

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 18:44

I have had GRUB issues countless times in the past, especially with the original GRUB. What you need to do is download and install a handy program called boot-repair. It even comes with a GUI. No cryptic terminal commands are needed for the actual repair. https://help.ubuntu....ity/Boot-Repair
Choose the second option but run boot repair from a Live CD/DVD of Ubuntu.

#4 +bman

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 18:46

I have had GRUB issues countless times in the past, especially with the original GRUB. What you need to do is download and install a handy program called boot-repair. It even comes with a GUI. No cryptic terminal commands are needed for the actual repair. https://help.ubuntu....ity/Boot-Repair
Choose the second option but run boot repair from a Live CD/DVD of Ubuntu.


I was going to tell him he needs to repair it which can be quite easy, but more information might be useful first. Maybe he does not need too, could be something else.

#5 Mike Loney

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 18:53

GRUB can be an exterme pain. I have found that for me when I had various different GRUB issues, boot-repair works best. I have used it before and it has worked every time. You do have the right idea to ask for clarification, but the problem is I was posting my response, and then after it was posted and I refreshed the page, you posted literally seconds before I did. I hate it when that happens. No harm done. Not trying to steal any thunder here. :)

#6 HighwayGlider

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 18:58

Damn , your display pic makes me sad. :(

#7 Mike Loney

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 19:01

No I'm not a communist. It was a joke. It's a long story. I got together for a school reunion after being out of high school for several months. I dared one of my buddies to bake a Communist cookie as a joke. Yes I have a heck of an odd sense of humor. They made it because I routinely made fun of Communism in history class.

#8 OP SPEhosting

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 19:34

So I would clarify your situation.

You had Ubuntu installed on an internal hard drive correct?

You then installed Backtrack on a sd card and put that into the same system?

If you run Linux off a USB live stick it works? Is that correct?


Did you use Backtrack at all, or you instantly had issues?


SD card = backtrack ... wouldnt load... OS on HD = ubuntu is safe and fine... linux live usb works fine :)


I fixed it haha! i ran a ubuntu 12.04 live usb and copied the bootloader... i tried to copy the backtrack boot loader first and shat on my self i thought it would work as they are both ubuntu arch... but nope...


sudo mkdir /mnt/boot
sudo mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/boot
sudo mount /dev/sda1 /mnt
sudo grub-install --root-directory=/mnt /dev/sda



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