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I am trying to do this ,like the title says. I have retrieved the 2 necessary files and placed them in /boot Then I rebooted, went into Grub2

Now however, i am not getting grub to recognise the paths. Or else I am doing something really wrong: As I said, I have booted into Grub2, having previously placed both files inside /boot So, the syntax for me in steps 2 and 3 should be:

linux /boot/linux


initrd /boot/initrd.gz. 

But I am getting 'No such partition'

I am missing something obvious.. but what?

Help, as always, would be appreciated


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Check your root correctly. Either look in your /boot/grub/grub.cfg for the first line which starts with set root=. E.g:

set root='(hd0,msdos5)'

Or use uuid look up:

search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root YOUR_PARTITIONS_UUID_HERE
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If you are sure about placement of those two required files in /boot then the only place you can do mistake is Step 1.

I mean


as they are saying

Replace the root partition with the drive and partition on which your /boot is located. You can look at and copy the root line of any existing boot menu entry if you are at all unsure what this is, or you can try tab-completing after root ( or root (hd0,

To know your root partition , there it self type as


and then press a TAB key , it will automatically choose that.

hope that helps.

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Thanks for responding! you are probably right that things went wrong in the first step. I rechecked my partitioning and /boot is sda2 on hd0. So i'm assung in step 1 I need to put root=(hd0,2). When I enter that, it no longer says 'No such partition'. Succes right! wrong :) When I enter the path to linux like mentioned above, I get 'file /boot/linux' not found, although I am sure it is there (i did an ls -l to doublecheck). Can this be a rights issue? – matv1 Dec 18 '13 at 20:00
hmm apparently not. I chmoded the owner to root for both files, and chowned so root had rwx on both. No change though. I even granted all rights to all owners (after a succesfull net install, this will be overwriten anyway right?), but even that doesn't help. Still the error is: file '/boot/linux' not found.. So I'm still stuck on this – matv1 Dec 18 '13 at 21:08

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