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HOWTO install Linux from grub with an USB pendrive

I had a fucked up installation where only GRUB2 survived. The machine CD drive is broken and the BIOS is so old that it doesn't allow booting from USB.

  1. Install an ISO onto an USB drive using pendrivelinux.com.
  2. Insert the USB into the fucked linux and switch it on.
  3. On the grub> prompt, use ls (hd[tab] until you find the USB drive (most probably it's (hd1,msdos1)).
  4. Type set root=(hd1,msdos1).
  5. Type chainloader +1.
  6. Type boot.

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