View Full Version : [ubuntu] Grub 1.5 error

May 29th, 2009, 11:47 PM
Hi all

I am new to running ubuntu on my home pc. However, my experience, as described below, has been a bit frustrating, to say the least.

A few months ago, I assembled a pc and installed 8.04.

However, after a few days, this froze. Then, I started getting a grub load error and soon after that, the system would no longer recognize my hard disk, so I reinstalled ubuntu.

And this cycle continued about 7-8 times...

Me being a bit slow, it took me some time to work out I should check the hardware as some friends suggested the RAM or HDD might be faulty.

So, I downloaded 9.04 and from its iso, ran the utility to check the RAM; all OK. I went and bought a new HDD and installed it as a primary.

I installed 9.04 and it ran beautifully for about 3 weeks, much faster too with ext4.

However, this morning, I switched on the comp and got the Grub 1.5 read error. And the system won't boot up any further.

I was wondering what all could I be doing wrong as nothing I've tried has helped in any way.

In the last 6 months, the pc has never worked for more than 2 weeks at a time without ubuntu freezing.

Could someone please help me in understanding this issue?

Am a newbie to running and maintaining my own ubuntu pc, as you can see.

Thanks in advance for any help and your patience in reading this post.


May 30th, 2009, 04:21 AM
i'm no expert on ubuntu (yet!) but this really sounds like a hardware issue. I was pulling my hair out recently with my vista gamer box which is loaded with goodies - it kept freezing in the middle of of gameplay - sometimes 10 minutes in, sometime 3hrs, sometimes never. memory tested a-ok. replaced the heat sink, bought fan controllers and fans, monitored core temperature. nothing helped. finally in desperation, i bought a 700W power supply from PC Power and Cooling and voila! no more issues- period.

my advice - get a good power supply.

if your box is 'freezing' on a disk write, who knows what its doing to your drives.