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    MBR modified by failed schillix installation

    I thought I would try to get some help in this part of the forum.

    2 HD
    debian /boot is on hd0,0 or hda,1 and multi-boots the other systems installed on both hd0 and hd1

    I failed to install schillix, and had chosen to dual-boot schillix and debian in schillix installation menu.
    Schillix never started, but has modified the MBR and each time I boot the system it presents me with a black screen and 5 options from F1 (default) to F5, all for linux.
    only F1 leads me to the debian multi-boot menu from where only debian now boots.
    what schillix has done is moving partitions numbers, (except the debian one, as I chose debian to dual-boot).

    I noticed once I could start fedora from the debian menu, but fedora wouldn't see the /Data (a partition I mount for each system to share) on it's real /dev/hdc8 but as /dev/hdd (showing the contents of previous view of cd-rom)... now fedora won't start anyway.

    I am not concerned about the other systems, I can always repair or reinstall, what I'd like to do is boot without getting that pre-boot black screen with options F1-F5,
    In clear I'd like to get rid of that schillix aborted bootloader.
    I thought you freeBSD users might know.

    I thank you for your time.

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    I'm not a debian user, but I know you can boot debian w/ GRUB and if you install it, I'm thinking you can make a debian boot floppy? Do that and save it. Then you can use command 'grub-instsall' from the grub command line and re-write your debian boot to the mbr, or while booting w/ the floppy you can use commands to edit yr boot menu and maybe recuperate some of what you lost. At least you won't have a black screen w/ F1...etc.

    Long way around, especially if yr not familiar w/ grub, but maybe worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lynnevan View Post
    I'm not a debian user, but I know you can boot debian w/ GRUB and if you install it, ...Long way around, especially if yr not familiar w/ grub, but maybe worth it.
    Thank you for answering my query, I haven't been visiting the forum for quite a long time and have just seen your post.

    I haven't sorted the problem out yet. I have debian /boot on a separate part which is untouched, and have installed suse since with it's grub on the MBR.

    I had tried to rescue with debian cd, but no rescue menu would allow me to point to my /boot partition, and I don't want to rewrite it with previous kernel.. so I'll see.

    Thank you very much for your time.

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    Download the GAG floppy boot loader, bypass the MBR, and reinstall the mbr from inside Debian.
    arrogance breeds ignorance

    Screaming Electron, Full of BSD Goodness

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