I assume those steps relate to
grub2, the file structure has changed, so there are no more
stage file in the
grub directory. In this thread, under #13, you will find a description how to restore grub2 from a LiveCD. EDIT2: It has the following steps (credits drs305):
Boot the Ubuntu Live CD (Try without installing).
From the Desktop, open a terminal - Applications, Accessories, Terminal.
Determine your normal system partition -
sudo fdisk -l (That is a lowercase L).
If you aren't sure, run
df -Th. Look for the correct disk size and ext3 or ext4 format.
Mount your normal system partition:
sudo mount /dev/sdXY /mnt
- If you aren't sure if you mounted the correct partition, once it's mounted run "
nautilus /mnt" to inspect the partition. If it is the correct partition, you should see the normal Ubuntu folders such as /bin, /boot, /etc, /home, etc
sudo mount /dev/sda1 /mnt
- Note: The partition to mount is normally the partition on which Ubuntu was installed: sda1, sdb5, etc. If you have a separate /boot partition, use the device on which the /boot partition is located. Grub 2 works best when installed in the MBR of the drive to which BIOS boots. Also remember that you mount the partition (including the number) in this step, but you do not include the partition number when you run the "sudo grub-install" command later.
- Note: GRUB 2 counts the first drive (X) as "0", but the first partition (Y) as "1"
Only if you have a separate boot partition:
sudo mount /dev/sdXY /mnt/boot
with sdXY being your /boot partition designation.
Reinstall GRUB 2:
sudo grub-install --root-directory=/mnt /dev/sdX
Do NOT include the partition number.
sudo grub-install --root-directory=/mnt /dev/sda
- Note: Substitute the device on which Ubuntu was installed - sda, sdb, etc. Do NOT specify a partition number.
Unmount the partition *:
sudo umount /mnt
- Note: If you mounted a separate /boot partition, unmount it first:
sudo umount /mnt/boot
After reboot: Update the grub menu using
Here's another description. Good luck!
EDIT1: Some more information is also available in the Ubuntu Wiki on