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Wary install went awry; how to do it right? [SOLVED]
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PostPosted: Sun 14 Apr 2013, 23:25    Post_subject:  Wary install went awry; how to do it right? [SOLVED]  

First off, thanks for taking a look at this. I've searched the forums and Google and haven't really found much that's helped me, so I figured I might as well ask for help.

Some backstory: I've had this Dell Inspiron 8500 since 2003. It started having performance issues several years ago, so I wiped it and tried Ubuntu. Loved that, but then it started randomly locking up after a few distro updates. I think it was something to do with Xorg. Well, I haven't used this laptop since then (a couple of years ago), but I wanted to try to breathe some new life into it.

I downloaded Wary Puppy 5.5 earlier today and I've been trying to do a Full internal HDD install. I think the install worked earlier, but when I rebooted, something went wrong with GRUB. I've been slowly digging myself deeper and deeper into a hole (/boot/grub/ is completely empty now) and I'm not sure what I should try next.

So,I think it's gonna be best to just start completely fresh. Please help me reinstall GRUB (if necessary) and get Wary installed so I don't have to keep booting off the LiveUSB. Thanks!

Note: Despite my prior experience with Ubuntu, I still consider myself a Terminal/Linux newbie.

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PostPosted: Mon 15 Apr 2013, 00:10    Post_subject:  

Try this:
Run from the Wary live USB.
Go to
There are two bootloader programs.
Grub bootloader config
Grub4dos bootloader config

I suggest running the Grub4dos bootloader config to install a bootloader to the hard drive. Just choose the default settings and it should install OK.
Now shutdown the computer and remove the Wary live USB.
Now start the computer and you should have a working boot menu with Wary Puppy as a listed choice.
If the install of Wary was good it should boot.
If not best to start over.
Delete what is on hard drive from Wary full install.
Do a fresh install and bootloader config using the Wary live USB.

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PostPosted: Mon 15 Apr 2013, 18:52    Post_subject:  

Thanks a lot! I'm happy to report that solved it. The other grubconfig would only refresh when I attempted to do anything, but Grub4DOS worked great.
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PostPosted: Tue 16 Apr 2013, 02:25    Post_subject: Wary install went awry; how to do it right? [SOLVED]  

Just a reminder that the legacy Grub Bootloader Config is broken in Wary 5.5 However, Barry released a Service Pack which fixes this problem and other issues: http://bkhome.org/blog2/?viewDetailed=00176

That said, one should consider upgrading to Wary 5.5.1 before completing the installation to the hard drive.


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