After deleting old Linux partitions in order to free space on hard disk, I got an error from GRUB:

error: no such partition

And then I saw a grub rescue> prompt. After googling around I found that in order to boot normally I have to type the following commands.

set prefix=(hd0,msdos5)/boot/grub
set root=(hd0,msdos5)
insmod /boot/grub/linux.mod
linux /vmlinuz root=/dev/sda5 ro
initrd /initrd.img

Here is the boot info summary report created by Boot-Repair.

However, on each reboot I have to type this again. How can I tell to GRUB once and all what configuration file to use?

  • I have the exact same problem, however when I try to use insmod I'm prompted with error: unknown filesystem.. When I ls I'm presented with (hd0) (hd0,msdos2) (hd0,msdos1). I've tried setting either of these as prefix and then root but whenever I try to insmod I'm prompted with the same error: unknown filesystem.. What can I do? – piperchester May 8 '13 at 17:02
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    @PolyShell I think you better ask this as a separate question. – jutky May 8 '13 at 19:47

Try these commands

sudo update-grub
sudo grub-install /dev/sda

If you want a graphical option, try boot-repair

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yannubuntu/boot-repair && sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install -y boot-repair && boot-repair

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  • Thanks a lot. Previously I was running Boot-Repair from a liveCD and it didn't helped, and after I've found what commands to type in grub rescue I haven't tried it once again. Thanks again. – jutky Dec 26 '11 at 0:28
  • It worked exactly like advertised when I tried it (installing and using boot-repair). This was on an Acer netbook where I had chosen a wrong item in the GRUB menu, "Windows Recovery Environment (loader) (on /dev/sda1)", during boot time. – Peter Mortensen Jun 19 '16 at 12:02

Did you run update-grub to update /boot/grub/grub.cfg?

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