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    Re: "Error: no such partition" after new 11.10 install

    Quote Originally Posted by fantab View Post
    Please read this information GRUB RESCUE and try to recover GRUB.

    Keep the forum posted.

    I've been playing around with grub rescue and am consistently running into the following error from "ls (hd0,6)":
    Code:
    error: no such partition.
    Also, the output of plain "ls" is:

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    (hd0) (hd0,msdos5) (hd0,msdos1)

    I'm assuming that (hd0,msdos1) is my WinXP NTFS file system, and (hd0,msdos5) is the other NTFS file system. Shouldn't I expect the Linux file systems to show up here as well?

    And the partition table looks fine when I view it after booting from a USB image...

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    Re: "Error: no such partition" after new 11.10 install

    Somehow you have lost grub from the MBR of /dev/sda and it has been replaced by Lilo.
    I would suggest re-installing grub as a first measure at this stage.
    Please boot from the Ubuntu live cd/usb and select "try Ubuntu" then when the desktop loads open up a terminal and run these two commands, one at a time, pressing enter after each line.
    Code:
    sudo mount /dev/sda7 /mnt
    sudo grub-install --boot-directory=/mnt /dev/sda
    This should report no errors and should put grub back in the MBR of the drive.
    See if it boots after that. Other measures may still need to be taken.
    If it won't boot please install gawk again and re-run the boot script.

    It does look like there has been a wubi installation at some time.

    By the way is this on an older pc?
    Last edited by Quackers; November 22nd, 2011 at 01:10 AM.
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    Re: "Error: no such partition" after new 11.10 install

    Quote Originally Posted by Quackers View Post
    Somehow you have lost grub from the MBR of /dev/sda and it has been replaced by Lilo.
    I would suggest re-installing grub as a first measure at this stage.
    ...
    By the way is this on an older pc?

    The last boot_info_script output showed LILO because I had used LILO to restore the MBR in order to boot back to Windows.

    I manually installed grub anyway as you suggested (in case the installer was doing something strange), but am getting the same error on boot. boot_info_script output reflecting this state is below.

    It is an older system - Dell Inspiron 9300

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                      Boot Info Script 0.60    from 17 May 2011
     
    ============================= Boot Info Summary: ===============================
     => Grub2 (v1.99) is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda and looks at sector 1 of 
        the same hard drive for core.img. core.img is at this location and looks 
        for  on this drive.
     => Syslinux MBR (3.61-4.03) is installed in the MBR of /dev/sdb.
    sda1: __________________________________________________________________________
        File system:       ntfs
        Boot sector type:  Windows XP
        Boot sector info:   No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
        Operating System:  Windows XP
        Boot files:        /boot.ini /ntldr /NTDETECT.COM /ubuntu/winboot/wubildr 
                           /ubuntu/winboot/wubildr.mbr
    sda2: __________________________________________________________________________
        File system:       Extended Partition
        Boot sector type:  Unknown
        Boot sector info:  
    sda5: __________________________________________________________________________
        File system:       ntfs
        Boot sector type:  Windows Vista/7
        Boot sector info:   No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
        Operating System:  
        Boot files:        
    sda6: __________________________________________________________________________
        File system:       swap
        Boot sector type:  -
        Boot sector info:  
    sda7: __________________________________________________________________________
        File system:       ext4
        Boot sector type:  -
        Boot sector info:  
        Operating System:  Ubuntu 11.10
        Boot files:        /boot/grub/grub.cfg /etc/fstab /grub/core.img 
                           /boot/grub/core.img
    sda8: __________________________________________________________________________
        File system:       swap
        Boot sector type:  -
        Boot sector info:  
    sdb1: __________________________________________________________________________
        File system:       vfat
        Boot sector type:  SYSLINUX 3.85 2010-02-20
        Boot sector info:   Syslinux looks at sector 1593904 of /dev/sdb1 for its 
                           second stage. No errors found in the Boot Parameter 
                           Block.
        Operating System:  
        Boot files:        /syslinux.cfg /ldlinux.sys
    ============================ Drive/Partition Info: =============================
    Drive: sda _____________________________________________________________________
    Disk /dev/sda: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 38913 cylinders, total 625142448 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Partition  Boot  Start Sector    End Sector  # of Sectors  Id System
    /dev/sda1    *          2,048   245,762,047   245,760,000   7 NTFS / exFAT / HPFS
    /dev/sda2         245,764,094   625,141,759   379,377,666   5 Extended
    /dev/sda5         245,764,096   450,564,095   204,800,000   7 NTFS / exFAT / HPFS
    /dev/sda6         614,408,192   625,141,759    10,733,568  82 Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/sda7         450,566,144   610,213,887   159,647,744  83 Linux
    /dev/sda8         610,215,936   614,406,143     4,190,208  82 Linux swap / Solaris
     
    Drive: sdb _____________________________________________________________________
    Disk /dev/sdb: 1967 MB, 1967128576 bytes
    57 heads, 56 sectors/track, 1203 cylinders, total 3842048 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Partition  Boot  Start Sector    End Sector  # of Sectors  Id System
    /dev/sdb1    *            137     3,842,047     3,841,911   b W95 FAT32
     
    "blkid" output: ________________________________________________________________
    Device           UUID                                   TYPE       LABEL
    /dev/loop0                                              squashfs   
    /dev/sda1        BA9869439868FEEF                       ntfs       
    /dev/sda5        51136EA21925F6BF                       ntfs       Data
    /dev/sda6        316aa5fc-5882-4967-bd4d-a1fe880746e1   swap       
    /dev/sda7        ba28fd7a-441d-44f6-ad4a-17f1bc32c275   ext4       
    /dev/sda8        dfc979fe-9fe2-4410-9a24-0fa6dec53720   swap       
    /dev/sdb1        9854-6253                              vfat       PENDRIVE
    ================================ Mount points: =================================
    Device           Mount_Point              Type       Options
    /dev/loop0       /rofs                    squashfs   (ro,noatime)
    /dev/sda7        /mnt                     ext4       (rw)
    /dev/sdb1        /cdrom                   vfat       (ro,noatime,fmask=0022,dmask=0022,codepage=cp437,iocharset=iso8859-1,shortname=mixed,errors=remount-ro)
     
    ================================ sda1/boot.ini: ================================
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    [boot loader]
    timeout=30
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    =========================== sda7/boot/grub/grub.cfg: ===========================
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    #
    # DO NOT EDIT THIS FILE
    #
    # It is automatically generated by grub-mkconfig using templates
    # from /etc/grub.d and settings from /etc/default/grub
    #
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/00_header ###
    if [ -s $prefix/grubenv ]; then
      set have_grubenv=true
      load_env
    fi
    set default="0"
    if [ "${prev_saved_entry}" ]; then
      set saved_entry="${prev_saved_entry}"
      save_env saved_entry
      set prev_saved_entry=
      save_env prev_saved_entry
      set boot_once=true
    fi
    function savedefault {
      if [ -z "${boot_once}" ]; then
        saved_entry="${chosen}"
        save_env saved_entry
      fi
    }
    function recordfail {
      set recordfail=1
      if [ -n "${have_grubenv}" ]; then if [ -z "${boot_once}" ]; then save_env recordfail; fi; fi
    }
    function load_video {
      insmod vbe
      insmod vga
      insmod video_bochs
      insmod video_cirrus
    }
    insmod part_msdos
    insmod ext2
    set root='(hd0,msdos7)'
    search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root ba28fd7a-441d-44f6-ad4a-17f1bc32c275
    if loadfont /usr/share/grub/unicode.pf2 ; then
      set gfxmode=auto
      load_video
      insmod gfxterm
      insmod part_msdos
      insmod ext2
      set root='(hd0,msdos7)'
      search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root ba28fd7a-441d-44f6-ad4a-17f1bc32c275
      set locale_dir=($root)/boot/grub/locale
      set lang=en_US
      insmod gettext
    fi
    terminal_output gfxterm
    if [ "${recordfail}" = 1 ]; then
      set timeout=-1
    else
      set timeout=10
    fi
    ### END /etc/grub.d/00_header ###
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###
    set menu_color_normal=white/black
    set menu_color_highlight=black/light-gray
    if background_color 44,0,30; then
      clear
    fi
    ### END /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###
    if [ ${recordfail} != 1 ]; then
      if [ -e ${prefix}/gfxblacklist.txt ]; then
        if hwmatch ${prefix}/gfxblacklist.txt 3; then
          if [ ${match} = 0 ]; then
            set linux_gfx_mode=keep
          else
            set linux_gfx_mode=text
          fi
        else
          set linux_gfx_mode=text
        fi
      else
        set linux_gfx_mode=keep
      fi
    else
      set linux_gfx_mode=text
    fi
    export linux_gfx_mode
    if [ "$linux_gfx_mode" != "text" ]; then load_video; fi
    menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 3.0.0-13-generic' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
     recordfail
     set gfxpayload=$linux_gfx_mode
     insmod gzio
     insmod part_msdos
     insmod ext2
     set root='(hd0,msdos7)'
     search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root ba28fd7a-441d-44f6-ad4a-17f1bc32c275
     linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-13-generic root=UUID=ba28fd7a-441d-44f6-ad4a-17f1bc32c275 ro   quiet splash vt.handoff=7
     initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.0.0-13-generic
    }
    menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 3.0.0-13-generic (recovery mode)' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
     recordfail
     insmod gzio
     insmod part_msdos
     insmod ext2
     set root='(hd0,msdos7)'
     search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root ba28fd7a-441d-44f6-ad4a-17f1bc32c275
     echo 'Loading Linux 3.0.0-13-generic ...'
     linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-13-generic root=UUID=ba28fd7a-441d-44f6-ad4a-17f1bc32c275 ro recovery nomodeset 
     echo 'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
     initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.0.0-13-generic
    }
    submenu "Previous Linux versions" {
    menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 3.0.0-12-generic' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
     recordfail
     set gfxpayload=$linux_gfx_mode
     insmod gzio
     insmod part_msdos
     insmod ext2
     set root='(hd0,msdos7)'
     search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root ba28fd7a-441d-44f6-ad4a-17f1bc32c275
     linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-12-generic root=UUID=ba28fd7a-441d-44f6-ad4a-17f1bc32c275 ro   quiet splash vt.handoff=7
     initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.0.0-12-generic
    }
    menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 3.0.0-12-generic (recovery mode)' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
     recordfail
     insmod gzio
     insmod part_msdos
     insmod ext2
     set root='(hd0,msdos7)'
     search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root ba28fd7a-441d-44f6-ad4a-17f1bc32c275
     echo 'Loading Linux 3.0.0-12-generic ...'
     linux /boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-12-generic root=UUID=ba28fd7a-441d-44f6-ad4a-17f1bc32c275 ro recovery nomodeset 
     echo 'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
     initrd /boot/initrd.img-3.0.0-12-generic
    }
    }
    ### END /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_linux_xen ###
    ### END /etc/grub.d/20_linux_xen ###
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###
    menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+)" {
     insmod part_msdos
     insmod ext2
     set root='(hd0,msdos7)'
     search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root ba28fd7a-441d-44f6-ad4a-17f1bc32c275
     linux16 /boot/memtest86+.bin
    }
    menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+, serial console 115200)" {
     insmod part_msdos
     insmod ext2
     set root='(hd0,msdos7)'
     search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root ba28fd7a-441d-44f6-ad4a-17f1bc32c275
     linux16 /boot/memtest86+.bin console=ttyS0,115200n8
    }
    ### END /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
    menuentry "Microsoft Windows XP Professional (on /dev/sda1)" --class windows --class os {
     insmod part_msdos
     insmod ntfs
     set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
     search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set=root BA9869439868FEEF
     drivemap -s (hd0) ${root}
     chainloader +1
    }
    ### END /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###
    # This file provides an easy way to add custom menu entries.  Simply type the
    # menu entries you want to add after this comment.  Be careful not to change
    # the 'exec tail' line above.
    ### END /etc/grub.d/40_custom ###
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/41_custom ###
    if [ -f  $prefix/custom.cfg ]; then
      source $prefix/custom.cfg;
    fi
    ### END /etc/grub.d/41_custom ###
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    =============================== sda7/etc/fstab: ================================
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    # /etc/fstab: static file system information.
    #
    # Use 'blkid' to print the universally unique identifier for a
    # device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name devices
    # that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
    #
    # <file system> <mount point>   <type>  <options>       <dump>  <pass>
    proc            /proc           proc    nodev,noexec,nosuid 0       0
    # / was on /dev/sda7 during installation
    UUID=ba28fd7a-441d-44f6-ad4a-17f1bc32c275 /               ext4    errors=remount-ro 0       1
    # swap was on /dev/sda6 during installation
    UUID=316aa5fc-5882-4967-bd4d-a1fe880746e1 none            swap    sw              0       0
    # swap was on /dev/sda8 during installation
    UUID=dfc979fe-9fe2-4410-9a24-0fa6dec53720 none            swap    sw              0       0
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    =================== sda7: Location of files loaded by Grub: ====================
               GiB - GB             File                                 Fragment(s)
     263.054244995 = 282.452344832  boot/grub/core.img                             1
     263.220489502 = 282.630848512  boot/grub/grub.cfg                             1
     261.851554871 = 281.160966144  boot/initrd.img-3.0.0-12-generic               2
     262.357421875 = 281.704136704  boot/initrd.img-3.0.0-13-generic               2
     255.015121460 = 273.820401664  boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-12-generic                  1
     261.956466675 = 281.273614336  boot/vmlinuz-3.0.0-13-generic                  1
     280.971706390 = 301.691072512  grub/core.img                                  1
     261.851554871 = 281.160966144  initrd.img.old                                 2
     261.956466675 = 281.273614336  vmlinuz                                        1
     255.015121460 = 273.820401664  vmlinuz.old                                    1
    ============================== sdb1/syslinux.cfg: ==============================
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    default menu.c32
    prompt 0
    menu title UNetbootin
    timeout 100
    label unetbootindefault
    menu label Default
    kernel /ubnkern
    append initrd=/ubninit file=/cdrom/preseed/ubuntu.seed boot=casper quiet splash --
    label ubnentry0
    menu label ^Help
    kernel /ubnkern
    append initrd=/ubninit 
    label ubnentry1
    menu label ^Try Ubuntu without installing
    kernel /casper/vmlinuz
    append initrd=/casper/initrd.lz file=/cdrom/preseed/ubuntu.seed boot=casper  quiet splash --
    label ubnentry2
    menu label ^Install Ubuntu
    kernel /casper/vmlinuz
    append initrd=/casper/initrd.lz file=/cdrom/preseed/ubuntu.seed boot=casper only-ubiquity  quiet splash --
    label ubnentry3
    menu label ^Check disc for defects
    kernel /casper/vmlinuz
    append initrd=/casper/initrd.lz boot=casper integrity-check  quiet splash --
    label ubnentry4
    menu label Test ^memory
    kernel /install/mt86plus
    append initrd=/ubninit 
    label ubnentry5
    menu label ^Boot from first hard disk
    kernel /ubnkern
    append initrd=/ubninit 
    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    ================= sdb1: Location of files loaded by Syslinux: ==================
               GiB - GB             File                                 Fragment(s)
                ?? = ??             ldlinux.sys                                    1
                ?? = ??             menu.c32                                       1
                ?? = ??             syslinux.cfg                                   1
    ============== sdb1: Version of COM32(R) files used by Syslinux: ===============
     menu.c32                           :  COM32R module (v3.xx)
    ======================== Unknown MBRs/Boot Sectors/etc: ========================
    Unknown BootLoader on sda2
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    00000010  30 33 17 2b 42 de c6 e5  9f b3 86 87 99 0c 3f fc  |03.+B.........?.|
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    Re: "Error: no such partition" after new 11.10 install

    You didn't re-install gawk I think.
    Does the error message at boot mention a UUID number of the missing partition?
    Also is the pc an older one?
    Check in your bios to see if there is anything about a 137GB limit for the hard drive. It may be called "large drive" or LBA or something else. If there is a switch to turn large drives on then try it.
    This is because some older bioses cannot "see" anything bootable beyond a 137GB limit. Your Ubuntu partition is beyond 137GB into the disc.
    Last edited by Quackers; November 22nd, 2011 at 04:00 AM.
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    Re: "Error: no such partition" after new 11.10 install

    Quote Originally Posted by Quackers View Post
    You didn't re-install gawk I think.
    Does the error message at boot mention a UUID number of the missing partition?
    Also is the pc an older one?
    Check in your bios to see if there is anything about a 137GB limit for the hard drive. It may be called "large drive" or LBA or something else. If there is a switch to turn large drives on then try it.
    This is because some older bioses cannot "see" anything bootable beyond a 137GB limit. Your Ubuntu partition is beyond 137GB into the disc.
    gawk is installed. When it isn't installed, I get the following:
    Code:
    unlzma: Decoder error
    awk: cmd. line:36: Math support is not compiled in
    awk: cmd. line:36: Math support is not compiled in
    awk: cmd. line:36: Math support is not compiled in
    awk: cmd. line:36: Math support is not compiled in
    awk: cmd. line:36: Math support is not compiled in
    awk: cmd. line:36: Math support is not compiled in
    There was nothing about awk or Math support in the latest output. Also, I can invoke gawk from the same command line.

    As stated earlier, it is an older laptop (Inspiron 9300). There's no mention of LBA in the BIOS configuration menu, but I'll bet you're correct - the problem probably is the 28-bit ATA limitation. If so, then presumably I'm screwed unless I want to repartition the WinXP file system down to something that would allow for a reasonable /boot partition within the 137GB, correct?

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    Re: "Error: no such partition" after new 11.10 install

    Once gawk is installed the first line of the boot script should say something like this
    Code:
     => Grub2 (v1.99) is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda and looks at sector 1 of 
        the same hard drive for core.img. core.img is at this location and looks in partition 7 for /boot/grub
        on this drive.
    I'm not sure why your boot script doesn't do that if gawk was installed.

    Yes, a separate boot partition early in the drive would fix any limit in bios. I'm not 100% sure that it's your problem, but it could be.
    Last edited by Quackers; November 22nd, 2011 at 04:54 PM.
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    Re: "Error: no such partition" after new 11.10 install

    Quote Originally Posted by Quackers View Post
    Once gawk is installed the first line of the boot script should say something like this
    Code:
     => Grub2 (v1.99) is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda and looks at sector 1 of 
        the same hard drive for core.img. core.img is at this location and looks in partition 7 for /boot/grub
        on this drive.
    I'm not sure why your boot script doesn't do that if gawk was installed.

    Yes, a separate boot partition early in the drive would fix any limit in bios. I'm not 100% sure that it's your problem, but it could be.
    After a bit of research, it looks like early 9300s were limited to 28-bit addressing, but later 9300s were upgraded to SATA and had an LBA-capable BIOS. Mine is among the first category.

    Anyway, I appreciate your help. My curiosity is probably going to get the better of me, so that WinXP partition might get pared down soon to find out if BIOS is really the problem. 200MB should be plenty for /boot...

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    Smile Re: "Error: no such partition" after new 11.10 install

    Quote Originally Posted by qv0 View Post
    ... My curiosity is probably going to get the better of me, so that WinXP partition might get pared down soon to find out if BIOS is really the problem. 200MB should be plenty for /boot...
    That worked, so the problem was definitely my BIOS. Thanks for your help Quackers.

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    Re: "Error: no such partition" after new 11.10 install

    You're welcome.
    Very happy to hear that it's solved
    Last edited by Quackers; November 22nd, 2011 at 11:18 PM.
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    Re: "Error: no such partition" after new 11.10 install

    Glad to hear you got things worked out.

    Good work from Quackers there

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