View Full Version : GRUB Project, Please Contribute

Computer Guru
3rd November 2005, 09:19 PM
I have Fedora Core 4, and am sick and tired of users asking me how to fix/reinstall Grub, and me having to direct them to Recue Mode.

So, I am *trying* to put together a ISO or Floppy Image (both bootable) that users can boot form an install Grub to the MBR directly, without going via Linux.

I hear rumors about a Windows version of an ANCIENT Grub installer, named grubinstaller.exe

1) I cannot find the file
2) It needs to be updated to Grub2

Then I can add it to a bootable floppy and have it install Grub directly.

I know this is FEDORAforums, and not GRUBforums, but you guys have the best Linux Communitty I have ever seen, and I am sure that if I need help, this is where I should come to get it. ;)

4th November 2005, 01:13 AM
GRUB comes with a helper program called 'grub-install'. Perhaps you could use that?

Computer Guru
4th November 2005, 08:09 AM
I checked it out. Thanks for the name, but I'm still slightly stuck.

To actually run this script, you would have to be booted into a Linux kernel..... I'm looking for a solution that would fit on a floppy, and the Linux kernel most certainly wont.

thanks though

4th November 2005, 10:56 AM
I don't remember if Knoppix has GRUB. You can check that . If not there is this link, http://www.thefreecountry.com/utilities/partitioneditors.shtml . Its got some really cool recovery tools
I havn't tried this one myself since I never felt the need but this seems like the thing you are looking for http://www.toms.net/rb/
I don't think its got grub, but it will atleast get you into a linux enviornment.
Let us know if it works. I am sure many will want this kind of rescue thingy.

Computer Guru
4th November 2005, 02:00 PM
Thanks for the links mndar...

I will check them out and if they are what I am looking for, try my best to get compiling.
If it works out I will most certainly post a link to the development project website/download here.

Keep the suggestions coming guys ;)

5th November 2005, 02:51 AM
Anaconda's wish list includes a more full featured rescue CD that reinstalls the bootloader (http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/AnacondaWorkItems?#rescue). You'd probably want to talk to the anaconda list.

Having this on rescue mode would be very nice, you could say "Boot CD1, linux rescue, fixgrub"

Computer Guru
5th November 2005, 01:46 PM
Thanks! I will most certainly let Anaconda know about this once its done.
I am having issues with my FC4, soon as they are fixed I will get to word developing.
I already posted asking for help on FedoraForums. Thanks guys