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    bootloader install failed (10.04)

    Hi,

    I have been trying to install Ubuntu 10.04.1 but I am having trouble on the installation.

    At 93% of the installation, ubuntu displays an error message "Bootloader install failed" and then it gives me an option to change location. I have tried all three options (it was something like sda1, sda2 - forgive me, but I can't exactly remember what they were) but the result is always "Bootloader install failed"

    So the only option I have left is to install without a bootloader (and manually install it) or cancel the installation. Unfortunetely I am not linux savy enough know how to manually install a bootloader.

    I am doing a fresh ubuntu install, and choosing the 'use entire hdd' for the partitions as I will not be duel booting to another OS.

    Currently, I installed ubuntu 8 without a single problem (beside some driver issues), just so I could register on the forums for assistance.
    Almost tempted to upgrade ubuntu 8 to 9.06, then perform another upgrade to get the latest version installed (the only thing thats stopping me is my bandwidth limitation per day)

    Any ideas?

    Thanks

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    Re: bootloader install failed (10.04)

    How many hard drives are on your system?
    Are you installing to an internal or external hard drive?
    Do you have anything like a flash drive or external hard drive plugged into the system while you are installing Ubuntu?
    Boot from the live CD, open a terminal, and run:
    Code:
    sudo fdisk -l
    This will list your hard drives and partitions.

    Also, be sure to run the option "check disc for defects" when you boot the 10.04 CD. This will verify that the CD is good. I don't think this is the problem here, although it is always good to rule out a bad CD when an install fails.

    If you must install grub2 manually from the 10.04 live CD, follow this:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Gr...ing%20GRUB%202
    If you only have 1 hard drive, then grub2 should just install to the MBR of that hard drive.

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    Re: bootloader install failed (10.04)

    Thank you for the reply.

    1. I have one hard drive on my system
    2. This is an internal hd
    3. I have no USB devices attached to the computer while install ubuntu
    4. my sudo fdisk -l contents
    Code:
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo fdisk -l
    
    Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x000f1983
    
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sda1   *           1       60045   482311431   83  Linux
    /dev/sda2           60046       60801     6072570    5  Extended
    /dev/sda5           60046       60801     6072538+  82  Linux swap / Solaris

    I will try install this again, and manually install the bootloader from the link you pasted (if it fails again)

    I will report back on my progress

    Thanks

    P.S I seem to have missed the option "check disc for defects" on the boot up

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    Re: bootloader install failed (10.04)

    I'm having the same problem... new HDD, only one HDD and stops install at 93% and wont let me install any further.

    I burned the disc from my mac and verified the disk before burning...

    here is what I have

    PHP Code:
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo fdisk -l

    Disk 
    /dev/sda640.1 GB640135028736 bytes
    255 heads
    63 sectors/track77825 cylinders
    Units 
    cylinders of 16065 512 8225280 bytes
    Sector size 
    (logical/physical): 512 bytes 512 bytes
    I
    /O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes 512 bytes
    Disk identifier
    0x00035a14

       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sda1               1       77074   619095040   83  Linux
    /dev/sda2           77075       77826     6034433    5  Extended
    /dev/sda5           77075       77826     6034432   82  Linux swap Solaris 

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    Re: bootloader install failed (10.04)

    Complete the install without the boot loader. Then fix it from a live cd session using the section entitled 'Reinstalling Grub 2' from the following as a guide: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2#Reinstalling GRUB 2

    Sometimes the installer throws you a quirk in installing the boot loader. The above should allow you to fix it. Good luck.
    12.10 Quantal w/grub2/Mint13 installed on raid0, Gigabyte AMD MB, AMD 64x4 CPUs at 3.2GHz, 16 GB ram, HD7770 ATI video, dual boot win7 on 64gb ssd and win8 on 1Tb SATA raid. 13.04 installed on raid0 and ssd

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    Re: bootloader install failed (10.04)

    Having the same problem.
    I have a T3500 PC with 2 320G SATA drives in a RAID configuration. First I resized Windows XP using GPARTED. Then I installed UBUNTU 10.04 in the open space. When I got to Grub install it failed. None of the options provided worked so I proceeded with install. I then tried to install Grub2 separately per
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2
    but the first 2 methods failed. I didn't try method 3 CHROOT Any suggestions?
    Thanks
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo fdisk -l
    Warning: invalid flag 0x0000 of partition table 5 will be corrected by w(rite)

    Disk /dev/sda: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0xdd3add3a

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 50993 77827 215536896 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda2 1 50993 409600769 5 Extended

    Partition table entries are not in disk order

    Disk /dev/sdb: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0xffffffff

    Disk /dev/sdb doesn't contain a valid partition table

    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo blkid
    /dev/loop0: TYPE="squashfs"
    /dev/sdb: TYPE="isw_raid_member"
    /dev/mapper/isw_eagajidbdb_01: UUID="42041D09041D0219" TYPE="ntfs"
    /dev/mapper/isw_eagajidbdb_05: UUID="9b67f6cb-b0ee-4992-87dd-1995d4454ff3" TYPE="ext4"
    /dev/mapper/isw_eagajidbdb_06: UUID="9d3cc8b0-1cbc-4c87-a826-e38ca10ede40" TYPE="swap"
    Last edited by SuperRook; April 8th, 2011 at 10:58 PM.

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    Re: bootloader install failed (10.04)

    Which is your boot drive? The grub install will fail if you try to install the boot loader to any drive that is a raid component. The failure is not actually fatal and can be fixed by reinstalling grub.

    If the raid is your boot drive using the two step method as follows should work:
    Code:
    sudo mount /dev/mapper/isw_eagajidbdb_05 /mnt
    
    sudo grub-install --root-directory=/mnt/ /dev/mapper/isw_eagajidbdb_0
    I am guessing at the name '/dev/mapper/isw_eagajidbdb_0' but you can look in the directory /dev/mapper to verify the actual name. It should be the first one listed after control and represents the link for the raid overall. The other three names represent the partitions on the raid.
    12.10 Quantal w/grub2/Mint13 installed on raid0, Gigabyte AMD MB, AMD 64x4 CPUs at 3.2GHz, 16 GB ram, HD7770 ATI video, dual boot win7 on 64gb ssd and win8 on 1Tb SATA raid. 13.04 installed on raid0 and ssd

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    Re: bootloader install failed (10.04)

    Thanks ronparent. My pc is now booting into grub. I believe all that remains is setting up grub for multiboot.

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