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Re: BIOS and GRUB haywire

Thufir wrote:
> This time, however, I opted to have grub
> install not to the MBR but to /dev/hda.

Um. /dev/hda *is* the MBR.

With DOS-style partitions (what nearly everyone uses), there is a boot
sector / boot record at the start of each partition, *and* a separate
one at the very beginning of the disk. This partition is known as the
MBR, and boot loaders installed there are referred to as being "on

If you had tried putting Grub on a partition's boot record, it would be
"on /dev/hda1" (or whatever).

For the rest of your query: what make is your PC? If you know it, what
make is your motherboard? (Some PCs from certain manufacturers do Odd
Things at boot-up). [1]

Hope this helps,


[1] Arguably, *all* PCs do Odd Things at boot-up. It's just that some do
Different Odd Things...
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