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Reinstalling grub on an unbootable Debian system

Fixing an unbootable computer after a failed grub installation can be a bit tricky. Here’s what I ended up doing. More here

First of all, boot the machine up and get access to the root partition:

Get a Debian installation CD for the same architecture (i.e. don’t use an i386 CD if your root partition is amd64). The distro version doesn’t matter too much: a lenny CD will boot squeeze/sid just fine.
Boot the install CD and select Rescue mode under Advanced options.

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