Installation Bootloader Fail - SoaS
I need help with something please. I have a Dell Optiplex G270, Pentium 4 2.26ghz, 2gb Ram.
Anyway, I recently took out my old 40gb hardrive and put in a 400gb drive. I am trying to install the live image of the Fedora Spin "Sugar On A Stick". At the end of the install, I get a message that there was an error installing the bootloader. I have no idea how to even research this.
First of all, I can install any other OS just fine.
Allow me to detail what i've tried so far.
The hard drive didn't have an OS on it. I first installed Fedora 17 Sugar On A Stick and after the partitioning and copying the live image, I got the bootloader error. I was getting an error from cfdisk when I rebooted into the live CD about one of the partitions being beyond a boundary. Don't recall that exact error.
Anyway, I then booted into Slackware and used fdisk to wipe the partition table. I tried the SoaS install a couple times with different schemes (using LVM, not using LVM, ext4, ext3, a custom layout, etc.) Still the same problem.
Next I fired up Plan9 as a quickie and installed it with no zero problems. Next I fired up Fedora again telling it to use all space and got the bootloader install failure yet again. I then tried Windows XP, and later Slackware and no problems installing and booting either of those. I tried Fedora again, and same error. I cannot figure out what's going on! It's making me crazy, so here I am coming to you from the live CD.
I'm kind of old school. I used Slackware for a good many years a good many years ago! I know how to work with lilo but I don't know anything about grub or grub2. I'm assuming either I simply can't install this, or more likely, i'm going to have to do something manually. I really don't believe it's a problem with my hard drive since none of the other mentioned OSes are having any problems reading it's full capacity or installing something to the MBR.
I greatly appreciate any help. Thanks.
Forgot to mention that when I do boot off the hard drive despite the bootloader installation failure message, it fills about half of my screens with the number 99 and locks up. Never seen that before.
By the by, I did at one point re-download and re-burn the iso just in case, so I'm sure there isn't a problem with the installation media.
Last edited by crasslogic; 09-13-2012 at 06:44 AM.