I am a Debian newbie. I have win7 ultimate installed. I wanted to install Debian alongside it. I installed Debian squeeze 6.0 from a live CD. It installed successfully (during the course of installation, I also installed GRUB which was listed in the installation steps.)and asked me to reboot the system and remove the Live CD so that I can boot from harddisk. When I reboot, it is showing the following error.
Welcome to GRUB!
error: file not found.
Entering rescue mode..
I can't boot into any of the OS. I am posting this topic from a friend's laptop.
I being a Linux newbie, did not know how to use the rescue console. So I went to the techsupport. They said that they will restore the windows boot loader but they won't make further changes that will allow me to boot Debian also. So, Debian will be present as a dead installation in my system. Please suggest a way so that I can boot Debian also without using GRUB and without losing "my ability to boot at least win7 without the help of techsupport". I heard that we can do this by editing boot.ini file but I don't know how. The following is some information about my partitions. I have single hard disk drive. primary partition of 40.9 GB. Before installing Debian, it had 3 other logical partitions (#5 40.9 GB,#6 40.9 GB,#7 37.4 GB all NTFS).During Debian installation I re-sized partition #5 to 20GB. I got 20GB free space where in I installed Debian. It created 3 more partitions (#8 5.5 GB ext3 B, #9 695.2 MB SWAP, #10 14.7 GB ext3). I don't have a win7 installation CD.