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GRUB won't load after installation

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http://www.linuxforums.org – Greetings, I'm new to Linux but not to computers. I recently installed MEPIS 8.0 after enjoying my experience with it as a Live CD. After about a week of using it, I decided to remove WinXP since I didn't want to upgrade to Win7, and I installed MEPIS Linux as my only OS. Now that MEPIS is installed, I can't boot with it from the hard drive. GRUB never comes up at all and I get a flashing underscore with a dark screen. I have no other OS installed either and I only use one SATA hard drive. GRUB was installed to the MBR. I tried rebooting with the LiveCD and I used the System MEPIS Assistant ->Repair System Boot and reinstalled GRUB to the MBR. I made sure "Use initrd" was checked. This didn't work. I then tried installing it to the root partition using this same menu--this didn't work either. Below is /sda1/boot/grub/menu.lst Code: timeout 15 color cyan/blue white/blue foreground ffffff background 0639a1 gfxmenu /boot/grub/message title MEPIS at sda1, newest kernel root (hd0,0) kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/sda1 nomce quiet splash vga=791 initrd /boot/initrd.img boot title MEPIS at sda1, previous kernel (if any) root (hd0,0) kernel /boot/vmlinuz.old root=/dev/sda1 nomce quiet splash vga=791 boot title MEPIS at sda1, kernel 2.6.27-1-mepis-smp root (hd0,0) kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27-1-mepis-smp root=/dev/sda1 nomce quiet splash vga=791 initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.27-1-mepis-smp boot title MEMTEST kernel /boot/memtest86+.bin BTW, I even tried installing other distros like Ubuntu and Debian and they have the same problem among others, so I reinstalled MEPIS again. I hope I can get this fixed before school starts in January otherwise I will have to go back to Windows again to do my school work. :( Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks. (HowTos)