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You can try zeroing the MBR (not including the partition table) and rerun
grub-install. Try the following:

dd if=/dev/hda of=mbr.bak bs=512 count=1

this will make a backup of your mbr including the partition table. Then run:

dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda bs=443 count=1

After the 443 byte it is the partition table so it is recommended not to zero
the partition table or you will really cry. Then rerun grub-install /dev/hda.

If something happen, you can then restore the mbr again.

Kenneth Jacker <khj@be.cs.appstate.edu> writes:

>   km> I recommend making a boot floppy:
>   km> http://www.linuxjournal.com/article.php?sid=4622
> Well I was able to make the boot floppy ...
> But *now*, I can't even run "grub-install /dev/hda" without an error
> message:
>       /dev/hda does not have any corresponding BIOS drive
> Note that I can continue to boot normally with LILO from /dev/hda.
> So, I must have messed something up in my earlier attempts ... :-(
> Anyone know how to get around *this* problem?  I looked through
> archives, but found nothing that will help ...
> Thanks,
>   -Kenneth
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Andres Roldan <aroldan@fluidsignal.com>
CSO, Fluidsignal Group

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