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Re: BIOS and GRUB haywire



On 9/1/06, James Wilkinson <fedora aprilcottage co uk> wrote:
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
/dev/hda".

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

Yes, this is what I did.  Thanks for clarifying.

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]
[...]


I should've included those details.  The mother board and CPU are just
out of the box.  The company who built the box said to bring it in, I
probably won't be able to get it back until monday.  It's still within
the 30 day warranty period.

If they fix it for free, all's good.  I'm concerned that I did
something to cause this, with regards to GRUB, but don't even know if
that's possible, so am concerned about re-purchasing the same
computer, essentially.


-Thufir


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