Neal Weissman wrote:Boot from the Live DVD. Let the GUI come all the way up.
can you flesh out this answer: the solaris11 live dvd has no obvious option to repair GRUB -- all i see is the option to install Solaris, which will accomplish what i do not want, viz., overwriting my current Sol11 Install.
Neal Weissman wrote:Should be unmounted unless Solaris is running and has mounted the partitions. Re-installing GRUB and then booting some other OS will not resolve this.
i can't follow your unstruction installgrub /boot/grub/stage1 /boot/grub/stage2 /dev/dsk/whateverdevice_ -- it seems to make no accommodation for the live dvd source of GRUB.
besides, GParted's report states the partitions themselves are "unmounted," and i see no way to mount them, so reinstalling GRUB may not solve this problem.
one more thing that seems to be problematical: GRUB appears to be for Linux, and i believe that i (a noob) descried differences between the GRUB used by Solaris and the GRUB described at sourceforge.Grub will boot whatever it can. Solaris GRUB can boot ext2fs file systems but Linux GRUB has no knowledge of either UFS or ZFS. Both of those are used to boot Solaris. UFS for older Solaris and ZFS for newer Solaris.