Ok, i'll start by apologizing in advance for the wall of text i am about to create. The other day, i decided to put sl 5.0 on my system, and proceeded to delete a previous install from my harddisk (using windows disk manager >.<), i deleted the linux partition and the boot partition (i know, terrible idea) and rebooted. that's when i ran into the first problem. GRUB loaded up into it's command-line form (which i'd never seen before, and scared me half to death), after some looking around the internet on my ipod, i discovered the correct lines of code to boot windows, (using chainloader) and booted up fine. however, i couldnt use the graphical loader, and tried some other stuff (setup (hd0,1)) which seemed to work (reported "successful") and i rebooted again. this time though, i got something saying only:
and it stayed there with the underscore flashing, and never loaded up. needless to say, i can't load into any OS of the harddisk, so i used the sabayon livecd. The GRUB editor in the livecd provides an "install/restore GRUB" option, but i keep getting an error saying:
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grub-install returned with unknown exit code 1. an error may have occured
I think maybe this is because the installer isn't recognizing the hard drive, since the suggestions list only the partitions of the live cd.
In any case, I also discovered that i don't have any "menu.lst" file ( a box opens when i enter the grub editor alerting me to that), which would explain the lack of a graphical interface to GRUB, and that i can
access the grub command line through the "grub" command in the livecd bash.
Summarily, i need to know whether or not there is any way to either: Install, Get, Create, or Find a menu.lst file and otherwise fix or re-install grub; or boot into windows and use a "Fixmbr" command to overwrite the grub files (re-installing them at another time), and/or rid the hard drive of GRUB entirely.
Thanks for taking the time to help a noob who's basically bricked his system