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Wednesday, July 21, 2010


Rescatux is a GNU/Linux rescue cd (and eventually also Windows) but it is not like other rescue disks. Rescatux comes with Rescapp. Rescapp is a nice wizard that will guide you through your rescue tasks.


Initial common steps for every option

  • Burn the Rescatux ISO in a cdrom
  • Make your PC boot from the cdrom
  • At Debian Live Boot screen just press ENTER

Recover Grub option

  • Select Restore grub / Fix Linux Boot option and click on OK button
  • Select the partition where your main Linux is and click on OK button
  • Select the hard disk where you want Grub to be installed (usually the first one)
  • Grub was installed OK confirmation / Grub was not installed error will appear

Final common steps for every option

  • Look for System -> Shutdown in the top tray in order to halt your machine

Quick links

Rescatux Development Wiki

Debian Live

SG2D Integration

Debian Live

grub-install script


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Rescatux is a GNU/Linux live distribution that includes a graphical wizard for rescuing broken GNU/Linux installations. Among many other options you can restore your grub whenever you have reinstalled Windows.

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On 01/26/2010 02:42 AM, Dotan Cohen wrote:
> Is there some LiveCD that will install Grub to the MBR of the
> harddrive of my choice, and automatically configure the relevant
> menu.lst for the different kernels that each OS has?

Dotan, if we are talking only of grub-legacy not grub2, then at grub
prompt do a 'root' and 'setup' like
root (hd0,x)
setup (hd1)

But watch out for mapping if harddrive is not the master drive
Also you would need to update-grub first for that (hd,x). You cannot do
that at grub-prompt.

Reminder, grub legacy will not detect ext4 and grub2 config files. So if
you have an OS on grub2 or ext4, it's best to go with grub2 and set that
to mbr.

> I have found SuperGrub but in addition to being unmaintained, it does
> not automatically configure menu.lst. It seems that SuperGrub will
> only restore a previous grub, it will not help install a new Grub
> setup. Furthermore, SuperGrub does not support Grub2.

SuperGrub is being maintained and I think they've come up with a version
that uses grub2. It is grub-legacy that is not being maintained. But I
do not use SuperGrub, so I am not sure if it is more useful now. I find
the blank grub-legacy cd and now the blank grub2 cd more than adequate.

Strongly recommend you make a grub2 cd by 'grub-mkrescue'. It will boot
up any OS in your computer, whether or not you've a functioning menu.lst
or grub.cfg or a corrupted windows mbr.

regards - goh lip

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Rescatux Research Links...
Grub-install script - Rescatux
Rescatux display - Google Search
BerliOS Developer: Project Summary - Rescatux
Super Grub Disk Homepage
[all variants] Rescatux 0.01 PRE-ALPHA released (Grub rescue disk) Please test [Archive] - Ubuntu Forums
Re: Grub disk: something automatic? - msg#02704 - ubuntu-users


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