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Re: Gah... Grub-install issues



On Sat, 2006-03-25 at 20:09 -0800, Hex Star wrote:
> What kind of drive does your computer have (e.g. is it a SATA drive?)?
> There have been cases where some SATA drives have not been working
> properly with grub...
> 

I don't think my drive is a SATA drive.  Mine is a Maxtor Diamond Max
ATA-133, 200GB drive.

Turns out that when I did a grub-install /dev/hda, grub overwrote the
master boot record, destroying not only the MBR for the system-commander
but also took the entire partition #1 out of service which was a Win98SE
partition.  Sigh...  I was experimenting around to try to get a handle
on grub but apparently grub does not seem to be able to create a boot
partition on a partition other than on the first partition.  Heck, it
does not even construct the proper needed files in the grub directory.

I guess I will have to roll up my sleeves, get some strong coffee and
ram this process through as I have done many times before.  Muti-boot
installations are a pain in the rear every time you forget past details
of how you did it before...  sigh.

Dan 

> On 3/25/06, Dan Thurman <dant cdkkt com> wrote:
>         Folks, 
>         
>         I have done this many times, but for some reason
>         I am just having a bad-hair day or something :-(
>         
>         I am trying install FC5 as a multi-boot partition
>         and I have done this many times before, although it
>         has not always been easy in previous releases I
>         have done, but I was able to to get it working from
>         FC1 through FC4 and FC5-T3.
>         
>         In this particular situation, I have installed my
>         /boot partition in /dev/hda3 (hd0,2) and my / partition 
>         in /dev/hda7 (hd0,6) and I told anaconda (first time
>         installation)
>         to install grub at /dev/hda7 and when the install completed,
>         and rebooted - grub fails to run. My multi-boot program
>         (system commander) is running  but I could not launch 
>         fedora from it.
>         
>         Ok, so I whipped out the rescue disc, booted it, and
>         chroot /mnt/sysimage, then looked in /boot and I see
>         that the kernel and the rest of the stuff there including
>         the grub directory.  Looking in the grub directory, all 
>         the stages are there - minus grub.conf
>         
>         Strange...  why is grub.conf missing?  Why is the
>         splash.xpm.gz file missing?
>         
>         Ok, I created grub.conf from scratch, the grub.conf file,
>         rebooted and nope this did not work...  yes, I used the 
>         proper (hd0,6) definitions so that is not the issue.
>         
>         Using the rescue disc again, I went to /boot, and
>         then moved grub to xxxx, then ran grub-install as:
>         
>         grub-install /dev/hda7
>         
>         It ran... and created a new grub directory with all 
>         the stages, minus grub.conf amd splash.xpm.gz files.
>         
>         What is going on?  Do I need to get a strong drink
>         or something?
>         
>         Please advise...
>         
>         Kind regards,
>         Dan
>         
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