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    10.10 - cannot install bootloader

    Error message is:

    Sorry, an error occurred and it was not possible to install the bootloader at the specified location.

    It appears during fresh installation of Ubi 10.10. I have three options: to continue without it, to try again(unsuccessful) and to stop installation. I have continued without it and i have tried to install grub from livecd, but it seems not working....

    What to do now? i'm stuck at the installation, please help...

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    Re: 10.10 - cannot install bootloader

    When you tried to install the boot loader from the live CD, what specifically did you do? Also, what is your partition layout? My best results with boot problems come when I use chroot to transition to the disk based filesytem. E.g. if your ubuntu install was a single root partition on /dev/sda3, something like:
    Code:
    sudo bash
    mount /dev/sda3 /mnt
    cd /mnt
    for f in sys dev proc; do mount -o bind /$f $f; done
    chroot .
    grub-install /dev/sda

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    Re: 10.10 - cannot install bootloader

    I hate to hijack a thread, but this appears abandoned, and I'm having the exact same problem.

    I install 10.10 to an older MSI Pentium D Celeron based system, using a 200 GB IDE drive. I've also tried a 1.5TB SATA drive, with the exact same results. I let the system use the entire disk and partition the drive using default settings.

    The install seems to go fine, until the very end where it appears to create the bootloader. The error is the same as the original post described. The drive seems to have the full install loaded to it, I just can't boot to it.

    It's almost as if the boot sector is protected. I've also tried 10.04 with the same result - although the error is presented slightly differently.

    Can anybody give me any tips?

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    Re: 10.10 - cannot install bootloader

    Hi and welcome to the forums
    it might be better to start your own thread as each situation is different.

    In any event, use a LiveCD to boot the computer and choose to try Ubuntu in live mode.

    Follow the instructions in the link at the bottom of my post and post the results back here.

    Please wrap the text with the # tag which can be found on the menu bar.

    Thanks.

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    Re: 10.10 - cannot install bootloader

    Thanks for your reply Rubi - here are the contents of the RESULTS.txt file:
    Code:
                    Boot Info Script 0.55    dated February 15th, 2010                    
    
    ============================= Boot Info Summary: ==============================
    
     => No boot loader is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda
    
    sda1: _________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       ext4
        Boot sector type:  -
        Boot sector info:  
        Operating System:  Ubuntu 10.10
        Boot files/dirs:   /boot/grub/grub.cfg /etc/fstab
    
    sda2: _________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       Extended Partition
        Boot sector type:  -
        Boot sector info:  
    
    sda5: _________________________________________________________________________
    
        File system:       swap
        Boot sector type:  -
        Boot sector info:  
    
    =========================== Drive/Partition Info: =============================
    
    Drive: sda ___________________ _____________________________________________________
    
    Disk /dev/sda: 200.0 GB, 200049647616 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 24321 cylinders, total 390721968 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    
    Partition  Boot         Start           End          Size  Id System
    
    /dev/sda1               2,048   374,792,191   374,790,144  83 Linux
    /dev/sda2         374,794,238   390,721,535    15,927,298   5 Extended
    /dev/sda5         374,794,240   390,721,535    15,927,296  82 Linux swap / Solaris
    
    
    blkid -c /dev/null: ____________________________________________________________
    
    Device           UUID                                   TYPE       LABEL                         
    
    /dev/loop0                                              squashfs                                 
    /dev/sda1        95123108-a3d4-49b6-8f5f-f7d8668f0991   ext4                                     
    /dev/sda2: PTTYPE="dos" 
    /dev/sda5        e5ba74c4-5fcc-424c-86cc-73722c322170   swap                                     
    /dev/sda: PTTYPE="dos" 
    
    ============================ "mount | grep ^/dev  output: ===========================
    
    Device           Mount_Point              Type       Options
    
    aufs             /                        aufs       (rw)
    /dev/sr0         /cdrom                   iso9660    (ro,noatime)
    /dev/loop0       /rofs                    squashfs   (ro,noatime)
    
    
    =========================== sda1/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 {
    }
    
    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
    ### END /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###
    menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.35-22-generic-pae' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
        recordfail
        insmod part_msdos
        insmod ext2
        set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
        search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 95123108-a3d4-49b6-8f5f-f7d8668f0991
        linux    /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-22-generic-pae root=UUID=95123108-a3d4-49b6-8f5f-f7d8668f0991 ro   quiet splash
        initrd    /boot/initrd.img-2.6.35-22-generic-pae
    }
    menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.35-22-generic-pae (recovery mode)' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
        recordfail
        insmod part_msdos
        insmod ext2
        set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
        search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 95123108-a3d4-49b6-8f5f-f7d8668f0991
        echo    'Loading Linux 2.6.35-22-generic-pae ...'
        linux    /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-22-generic-pae root=UUID=95123108-a3d4-49b6-8f5f-f7d8668f0991 ro single 
        echo    'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
        initrd    /boot/initrd.img-2.6.35-22-generic-pae
    }
    menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.35-22-generic' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
        recordfail
        insmod part_msdos
        insmod ext2
        set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
        search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 95123108-a3d4-49b6-8f5f-f7d8668f0991
        linux    /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-22-generic root=/dev/sda1 ro   quiet splash
    }
    menuentry 'Ubuntu, with Linux 2.6.35-22-generic (recovery mode)' --class ubuntu --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {
        recordfail
        insmod part_msdos
        insmod ext2
        set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
        search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 95123108-a3d4-49b6-8f5f-f7d8668f0991
        echo    'Loading Linux 2.6.35-22-generic ...'
        linux    /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-22-generic root=/dev/sda1 ro single 
        echo    'Loading initial ramdisk ...'
    }
    ### 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,msdos1)'
        search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 95123108-a3d4-49b6-8f5f-f7d8668f0991
        linux16    /boot/memtest86+.bin
    }
    menuentry "Memory test (memtest86+, serial console 115200)" {
        insmod part_msdos
        insmod ext2
        set root='(hd0,msdos1)'
        search --no-floppy --fs-uuid --set 95123108-a3d4-49b6-8f5f-f7d8668f0991
        linux16    /boot/memtest86+.bin console=ttyS0,115200n8
    }
    ### END /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+ ###
    
    ### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/30_os-prober ###
    if [ "x${timeout}" != "x-1" ]; then
      if keystatus; then
        if keystatus --shift; then
          set timeout=-1
        else
          set timeout=0
        fi
      else
        if sleep --interruptible 3 ; then
          set timeout=0
        fi
      fi
    fi
    ### 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 ###
    
    =============================== sda1/etc/fstab: ===============================
    
    # /etc/fstab: static file system information.
    #
    # Use 'blkid -o value -s UUID' 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/sda1 during installation
    UUID=95123108-a3d4-49b6-8f5f-f7d8668f0991 /               ext4    errors=remount-ro 0       1
    # swap was on /dev/sda5 during installation
    UUID=e5ba74c4-5fcc-424c-86cc-73722c322170 none            swap    sw              0       0
    /dev/fd0        /media/floppy0  auto    rw,user,noauto,exec,utf8 0       0
    
    =================== sda1: Location of files loaded by Grub: ===================
    
    
      64.5GB: boot/grub/grub.cfg
        .7GB: boot/initrd.img-2.6.35-22-generic-pae
        .4GB: boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-22-generic
      17.3GB: boot/vmlinuz-2.6.35-22-generic-pae
        .7GB: initrd.img
      17.3GB: vmlinuz
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~/Downloads$
    Last edited by bsampson; October 27th, 2010 at 12:25 AM.

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    Re: 10.10 - cannot install bootloader

    Have you tried the grub 2 reinstall. From a live cd session oppen a terminal. Then mount your install partition
    sudo mount /dev/sda1 /mnt
    Then the reinstall:
    sudo grub-install --root-directory=/mnt/ /dev/sda
    If it doesn't boot now then something might be blocking the MBR - but I doubt it.
    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: 10.10 - cannot install bootloader

    Thanks ronparent, that did the trick!

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    Re: 10.10 - cannot install bootloader

    Don't forget to run
    Code:
    sudo update-grub
    as well.

    Glad you got things sorted out

    Please mark this thread Solved using te Thread Tools near the top of the page.

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    Re: 10.10 - cannot install bootloader

    Thanks Rubi - Apparently another reason I should have started my own thread - so I can mark it 'solved'... I don't see the option under thread tools.

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    Re: 10.10 - cannot install bootloader

    Quote Originally Posted by bsampson View Post
    Thanks Rubi - Apparently another reason I should have started my own thread - so I can mark it 'solved'... I don't see the option under thread tools.
    Oops! Yes, you are right of course

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