I have now spent 3 evenings trolling the forum trying things out and it seems, making things worse. :o(
Carried out the upgrade using the pre-upgrade described @ fedoraproject.org/wiki/PreUpgrade. there were no messages and I rebooted.
the first time:
The grub menu came up showing
On selecting f16 it started, I got the blue bar a the bottom of the screen and when it was about a quarter of the way, it banged out into a maintenance mode asking for the root password.
So I spent an evening trying to find out anything relevant from the forum.
Almost everything pointed to the newer grub2 not installing properly.
I tried the grub2-install and grub2-mkconfig commands but they returned errors. and I was stuck in maintenance mode.
At some point I must have broken something and I am now not sure what I did(SORRY), but I decided to boot into Windows, because I needed get some info. XP started and I was able to work. I notice the antivirus was out -of-date so I upgraded. the required a reboot.
On rebooting, I got the bios splash-screen followed by a black screen with a cursor top left. Then it continued into a boot loop, splash -black-splash-black....and so on. :o(
So I downloaded the f16 iso and burnt a dvd.
I am able to boot and I can get into the recover fedora installation mode.
nothing I have tried has given me a boot menu.
Here's what I think should have worked but didn't:
bash-4.2# vgchange -a y
2 logical volume(s) in volume group "vg_gandalf2" now active
[root@localhost grub2]# lvscan
ACTIVE '/dev/vg_gandalf2/lv_root' [38.97 GiB] inherit
ACTIVE '/dev/vg_gandalf2/lv_home' [36.38 GiB] inherit
ACTIVE '/dev/vg_gandalf2/lv_swap' [5.19 GiB] inherit
bash-4.2# mkdir /mnt/root
bash-4.2# mount /dev/vg_gandalf2/lv_root /mnt/root
bash-4.2# mount /dev/sda7 /mnt/root/boot
bash-4.2# mount -o bind /dev /mnt/root/dev
bash-4.2# mount -o bind /proc /mnt/root/proc
bash-4.2# mount -o bind /sys /mnt/root/sys
bash-4.2# mount -o bind /run /mnt/root/run
bash-4.2# chroot /mnt/root
sh-4.2# grub2-install --no-floppy --recheck /dev/sda
Installation finished. No error reported.
sh-4.2# grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg
Generating grub.cfg ...
Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-3.3.0-8.fc16.x86_64
Found initrd image: /boot/initramfs-3.3.0-8.fc16.x86_64.img
Found Microsoft Windows XP Professional on /dev/sdb1
exited out of chroot and out of shell. rebooted, no boot menu.
here some info about my system:
Dual boot Win XP pro sp3, Fedora 16
4GB RAM, 2 x 250GB HDD,
#parted -l in parted.txt
#fdisk -l in fdisk.txt
#df -h in df.txt
#os-prober in os-prober.txt
I'm hoping it's something simple, but I just cannot get my head around it. I'd be very gratefull for any help.
Please let me know if you need any more info about the system.