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Something has gone wrong and now we no longer have a Linux kernel (not even recovery mode) installed. GRUB is still there, but it runs the memory test.

How can I fix this? Everything I've looked at applies to 2010 or something silly.

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Restore it from a backup? – Sven Mar 14 '14 at 10:09
Unfortunately there are no recent backups. That's what I believe has corrupted everything. – James Mar 14 '14 at 10:11
This site is for Professional Sysadmins, who take backups. – Chopper3 Mar 14 '14 at 10:14
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This link should help:

Basically, boot from a 13.10 live CD, reinstall your kernel (after making sure you where it and the relevant GRUB2 modules are supposed to be.

Hard to say but I'd guess you screwed up your EFI business in GRUB and now its lost.

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Ok, I've mounted /dev/skyler-vg/root and ran apt-get install linux-image-generic restarted but GRUB isn't picking them up. – James Mar 14 '14 at 10:46
And you're using grub-install and checking your grub.conf? – quadruplebucky Mar 14 '14 at 10:48
Am I running grub-install from the /mnt/skyler-vg/root? I'm not particularly great with the GRUB side of Linux, – James Mar 14 '14 at 10:50
Your grub.conf matters more, make sure its pointing to efi modules if you're using them and then to your kernel, which is likely on a different part. – quadruplebucky Mar 14 '14 at 10:58
Since I'm booting into a Live CD, how can I find where the GRUB partition is? fdisk -l? – James Mar 14 '14 at 10:59

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