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Test 3 LiveCD Hard Drive install won't boot!

Failed to execute /init
Kernel panic - not syncing: No init found. Try passing init= option to kernel.

In days gone by, some of the bleeding edge live CD -> hard drive installations didn't boot. This was actually a good thing. It gave me the opportunity to learn how to fix the Linux boot. I'm leaving these notes here just in case I ever have to do it again. In Windows, this is done booting the Windows CD and choosing the repair option, using commands like HELP, FDISK /MBR and FIXBOOT. If you have installed Fedora to your hard drive and it won't boot, just boot to the Fedora Rescue CD or Live CD and run some commands. These are only suggestions. We are not responsible for data loss. You do have backups, don't you? You may need to change these commands to suit your system architecture.

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chroot /mnt/sysimage
grub-install /dev/sd0# <-- boot device reported by fdisk -l

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/usr/sbin/setenforce 0
vgchange -ay
ls /dev/mapper # look for LogVol or rootvol
mount /dev/mapper/blah-lv_root /mnt # change this
mount --bind /dev/ /mnt/dev
mount --bind /sys/ /mnt/sys
mount -t proc none /mnt/proc
/usr/sbin/chroot /mnt
fdisk -l
mount /dev/sd0 /boot # <-- boot device reported by fdisk -l
grub-install /dev/hda

If that doesn't work, try this:
ls /boot# <-- look for a file like config-2.6.55-1.fc10.i686
# figure out your preferred or latest kernel version number e.g. 2.6.55-1.fc10 and replace it in the line below:
/sbin/new-kernel-pkg --mkinitrd --depmod --install 2.6.55-1.fc10
exit
echo DONE! Press CTRL-ALT-DEL to unmount all filesystems and reboot

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