One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Well, I tried re-installing Xubuntu, choosing Canada as my country, to see if my problem with java certificates was fixed, and got a problem on the select and install stage.  I tried Debian, and got another failure.

This left me with a dual boot PC which wouldn’t boot Windows OR Linux.  I finally got out an old Sabayon CD, a Gentoo-based distribution, and managed to install that.  The problem is, instead of getting a GRUB menu with the option of selecting which OS to boot, it starts up in the GRUB command-interface.  Thankfully, I had printed out my GRUB menu.lst, and was able to enter the following commands to start Windows:

root (hd0,0)
makeactive
chainloader +1
boot

root with no parameters shows which partition is active, makeactive makes the partition referenced by root active.  chainloader boots the loader of another OS, in this case windows, and boot starts it up.

So even with a wonky menu.lst I was able to start windows at least.  I have burned debian-xfce +lxde on a CD-R, and will try installing it, probably on Sunday.

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