I installed Forsight Linux onto two existing partitions on my 1st hd. I installed it without a boot loader, because it wouldn't let me install grub on it's root partition.
Now I can't boot any of my Linux Os's without using Super Grub disk to boot the partition directly. I have had problems in the past overwriting grub stage 1 in the MBR boot loader section, and have always been able to fix things, with my super grub disk, or by just restoring grub via the following commands.
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grub> find /boot/grub/stage1
(hd0,8) .... this should read hd0,8 inside ( )
grub> root (hd0,6)
grub> setup (hd0)
Checking if "/boot/grub/stage1" exists... yes
Checking if "/boot/grub/stage2" exists... yes
Checking if "/boot/grub/reiserfs_stage1_5" exists... yes
Running "embed /boot/grub/reiserfs_stage1_5 (hd0)"... 19 sectors are embedded.
Running "install /boot/grub/stage1 (hd0) (hd0)1+19 p (hd0,6)/boot/grub/stage2 /boot/grub/menu.lst"... succeeded
Nothing is working for a fix this time. I did notice that Forsight, which is a RedHat derivative, had a different boot loader available along with grub. Even though I definitely chose to NOT install a boot loader, the installer created 2 small partitions on unallocated space on my 2nd hd. One was called /boot, the other, I dont recall but it was some strange file format, not reiserfs, ext2 or3. I just deleted them both after the boot problems
I disconnect my other 2 hd's trying to get my Ubuntu 8.04 booting again. Im' at a loss!!!
Ubuntu 8.04 root is on hda7, and I want to use it's grub to boot all the Linux distros.
Below is my current fdisk-l results with just the first hd connected.
Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xedaaedaa
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 1 5436 43664635+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda3 5437 19457 112623682+ f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda5 5437 7646 17751793+ b W95 FAT32
/dev/sda6 7647 7910 2120548+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda7 7911 8837 7446096 83 Linux
/dev/sda8 8838 11068 17920476 83 Linux
/dev/sda9 * 11069 11995 7446096 83 Linux
/dev/sda10 11996 12922 7446096 83 Linux
/dev/sda11 12923 19457 52492356 b W95 FAT32
I keep my 3 windows installs on my 3rd hd. I select it to boot first in bios options during reboot when I want to boot into windows Vista, XP mce, or XP pro so that Vista,s boot loader handles Windows booting completely separate from grub. I disabled and no longer use the Win OS on the NTFS partition on 1st hd. The fat32 partitions are for storage/sharing between OS's. I create a separate root and home partition for each Linux OS