Re: Grub not booting error loading operating system
Originally Posted by dstew
I will give you an update on what has been going on. Yesterday (as you know) I did try to create a boot floppy and have grub install there, yet something disasterous happened again and once again I found myself reinstalling Windows.
So I got Windows going again last night and today I decided to try an experiment (as suggested by a fellow Ubuntuer).
I decided to physically disconnect the Windows drive completely and shut off the primary IDE connection in my Bios.
I then booted up the machine and loaded on 64Studio.
After the installation I DID look on the Grub bootloader menu and it only gives you four options. I am pulling this from memory so it wasn't exactly written like this:
1) Install to the Primary Master MBR
2) Install to from another partition (I don't remember)
3) Install USB
4) Install to floppy
There wasn't an option to NOT install Grub. So being that I did want to later on boot from a floppy, I selected that option. Would you believe it wouldn't allow me to make a floppy boot???!!! It bounced back with an error message saying that because I have one hard drive that it insisted that I set it up on the primary master MBR. At first I thought the problem was due to the fact that I hadn't erased the floppy drive, BUT the thing is that when I selected the floppy drive, the Grub installer DIDN'T bother to even scan the floppy drive (evident by the floppy drive light not coming on).
Anyway, I proceeded with the only option I could and that was an MBR install of Grub.
When it was done, the machine rebooted and at first the Grub screen came up for a short time and then went straight into 64Studio. I then went for a complete shutdown and then turned on the machine for a cold boot...FLAWLESS!
So now I am beginning to believe that the old version of Grub on 64Studio was more or less built for a single drive install.
So I did get to wondering if I should put both Windows & 64Studio on one hard drive. But I am not sure.
At any rate I went into Bios to see what was happening now that I only had the Sata drive hooked up. I expected the "IDE Hard Drive C:" designation would change. Guess what? It didn't. In fact my boot order list was identical as for the multi-drive setup:
1) IDE Hard Drive C:
2) IDE CD-Rom
3) Floppy Diskette
4) USB Bootable drive
However there was an entry missing from the F12 Menu:
3) IDE Hard Drive C:
4) Floppy Diskette
5) IDE CD-Rom
6) USB Bootable Drive.
Yeah, the Primary Master Drive listing was gone.
Now remember that with the dual drive setup THIS was the only hard drive selection that worked from the F12 menu. Nothing else worked and yeilded the Cannot Find OS error.
Now with the single SATA drive, I am able to boot into all three of the first selections without a problem.
So something is really funky going on.
But as of now, I know that I would have to make some serious alterations to Grub because it is now seeing the SATA drive as the main drive (HD0,0). So I KNOW I can't just simply hook up my Windows drive again and expect it to work.
Anyway, I do have also an outside fellow that is helping me and he is assisting me with updating Grub to the version Ubuntu uses and hopefully that can correct my problem. He believes the fault is lying in the older version of Grub that 64Studio comes with.
Yeah, they do have a forum, but it is kind of poorly laid out and most of the guys there are pretty much on an exclusive 64Studio setup. As I proved this morning, if that is the case then the installation works flawlessly. But I have a dual boot with mixed drives and a BIOS that doesn't want to change a hard drive boot up from anything BUT IDE Hard Drive C: So I am kind of a 'special case'.
I am not familiar with Ubuntu 64Studio. Maybe they have a forum that you can post on.
I just figured that because this is mainly a Grub issue that my buddies here at Ubuntu could help me out. This is just such a WIDE support base here and answers come fast.
But I know that if this last trick doesn't work out, I am probably going to put Ubuntu Studio back on. I know Hardy has it's problems, but I do know that it is being worked on.
The guy's reasoning over at 64Studio as to why they are using an older version of Grub is because of stability. But apparently they didn't take into account the many situations that happen when one wants to dual boot. So that is where the help falls a bit short.
At any rate, I will report back if installing the new Grub is a success.
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