Semi urgent (and possibly stupid problem)

Mark Haney mhaney at
Mon Oct 13 18:39:36 UTC 2008

I've got one system here that is an older HP model.  Now, I dual boot 
between XP and Fedora 9, but I do it rather differently.  Because of the 
'recovery' features built into the HP box, any MBR change is 
automatically 'fixed' the next reboot.  So, instead of trying to get 
grub to play nice with the XP boot loader, I've simply skipped that and 
used a CD-RW boot disc, that I update whenever new kernels are released.

(Don't beat me to the good part...)

Well, I had just created a new bootdisk using the latest kernel, but 
before burning it to CD my daughter boots to Windows to play Call of 
Duty 4.  Which, isn't a bad thing.

The /bad/ thing is that my current bootdisk must have been damaged 
somehow because on a reboot with it, it loads vmlinuz then hangs on 
loading initrd.img.

Which leaves me in the lurch as I cannot find my older backup boot CD. 
(I know I know, but I'm in the middle of moving everything into an extra 
1000sq ft I added onto my house for a library.

So, anyone got any real quick and easy ways to fix this?  I'd really 
like to just boot a rescue CD (or something) and get to the new boot ISo 
and burn it from another system.  However, any options will do.

Libenter homines id quod volunt credunt -- Caius Julius Caesar

Mark Haney
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