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Thread: GRUB......Problems after Forsight install

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    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Shelton, WA
    Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

    GRUB......Problems after Forsight install

    I installed Forsight Linux onto two existing partitions on my 1st hd. I installed it without a boot loader, because it wouldn't let me install grub on it's root partition.

    Now I can't boot any of my Linux Os's without using Super Grub disk to boot the partition directly. I have had problems in the past overwriting grub stage 1 in the MBR boot loader section, and have always been able to fix things, with my super grub disk, or by just restoring grub via the following commands.

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    grub> find /boot/grub/stage1
    (hd0,8) .... this should read hd0,8 inside ( )

    grub> root (hd0,6)

    grub> setup (hd0)
    Checking if "/boot/grub/stage1" exists... yes
    Checking if "/boot/grub/stage2" exists... yes
    Checking if "/boot/grub/reiserfs_stage1_5" exists... yes
    Running "embed /boot/grub/reiserfs_stage1_5 (hd0)"... 19 sectors are embedded.
    Running "install /boot/grub/stage1 (hd0) (hd0)1+19 p (hd0,6)/boot/grub/stage2 /boot/grub/menu.lst"... succeeded


    Nothing is working for a fix this time. I did notice that Forsight, which is a RedHat derivative, had a different boot loader available along with grub. Even though I definitely chose to NOT install a boot loader, the installer created 2 small partitions on unallocated space on my 2nd hd. One was called /boot, the other, I dont recall but it was some strange file format, not reiserfs, ext2 or3. I just deleted them both after the boot problems

    I disconnect my other 2 hd's trying to get my Ubuntu 8.04 booting again. Im' at a loss!!!

    Ubuntu 8.04 root is on hda7, and I want to use it's grub to boot all the Linux distros.

    Below is my current fdisk-l results with just the first hd connected.

    Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0xedaaedaa

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 1 5436 43664635+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda3 5437 19457 112623682+ f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
    /dev/sda5 5437 7646 17751793+ b W95 FAT32
    /dev/sda6 7647 7910 2120548+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/sda7 7911 8837 7446096 83 Linux
    /dev/sda8 8838 11068 17920476 83 Linux
    /dev/sda9 * 11069 11995 7446096 83 Linux
    /dev/sda10 11996 12922 7446096 83 Linux
    /dev/sda11 12923 19457 52492356 b W95 FAT32

    I keep my 3 windows installs on my 3rd hd. I select it to boot first in bios options during reboot when I want to boot into windows Vista, XP mce, or XP pro so that Vista,s boot loader handles Windows booting completely separate from grub. I disabled and no longer use the Win OS on the NTFS partition on 1st hd. The fat32 partitions are for storage/sharing between OS's. I create a separate root and home partition for each Linux OS

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    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Shelton, WA
    Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

    Re: GRUB......Problems after Forsight install


    I got things working again. It seems the IPL of my first HD MBR is not functioning for some reason yet to be determined.

    I just installed grub (the part that's in the MBR's IPL) to my second HD with the command:

    grub> setup (hd1)

    Tried to boot.....not!! Got into grub command line and:

    grub> find /boot/grub/stage1

    The output was:


    This is when I figured out that grub (the part that's in the MRB's IPL) thought it was in the first HD rather than the second and was calling the first hd1, which is second!!!

    I just changed the grub HD paths in my /boot/grub menu.lst file in Ubuntu 8.04, first HD to reflect the error as follows:

    (hd1.6) changed to (hd0,6)
    (hd0,6) changed to (hd1,6)
    (hd0,8) changed to (hd1,8)

    So this got everything booting again.

    Now I have to get up to speed on grub device map to fix this right....

    FYI: Forseight linux uses no UUID numbers in the fstab file....interesting. Foresight's family tree started at RedHat.

    When I type hd1,8 as (hd1,x) where x=8 the (hd1,8) shows up on the post.
    Last edited by jeffsa12; May 8th, 2008 at 09:43 PM. Reason: correction hd1,8


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