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Old 03-14-2005, 01:13 AM   #1
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GRUB Hangs on boot

Hi, Fairly new to installing linux but have been using it commercially the last year.

I have an older machine here that i thought id load up to FC3 and do some php on it.

Specs may or may help the problem fix.

Intel Celeron 500mhz
Rest is fairly standard, have the hdd and cdrom on seperate ide channels:
30GB Maxtor

Basically, i have 3 times now installed FC3 with no problems, everything on default etc.

System reboots after install and does its thing, then gets to GRUB and sits there.... nothing happens, just get a GRUB text on screen with a flashing cursor.

All the FC3 disks check out ok on the scan. I have no idea whats happening, have had a look about the forums, cant see any similar issues.

Any help or something to put me on the right track would be great.
Old 03-14-2005, 02:30 AM   #2
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Grub usually thinks MBR os /dev/hda1
For that, your hard disk has to be the primary master.

Make sure it is the Primary Master.

Now, boot with the Disk 1 of FC3 and in the boot prompt, type "linux resuce"
Choose no to the network stuff.
In the shell prompt that appears, type "chroot /mnt/sysimage"
and then, "grub-install /dev/hda"

That should fix it
Old 03-14-2005, 03:27 AM   #3
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Hi, thanks for your reply.

I have tried what you have suggested, managed to run the commands from the "linux rescue" console.

Grub-install /dev/hda works fine the grub install reports no error

However on reboot i get:

Grub stage 1.5

Error 15

Further investigation finds that the grub error 15 is a file not found.

Any help would be great.

chroot /mnt/sysimage
grub --install /dev/hda

my grub looks like this:

(fd0) /dev/fd0
(hd0) /dev/hda

Last edited by toadeny; 03-14-2005 at 03:50 AM.
Old 03-15-2005, 03:00 PM   #4
Al Hawley
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I have had the same problem with SuSE 9.2 on hda5 and swap on hda6. Win2K is on hda1, and the hardware is ASUS K8V... MBoard and cpu AMD-64. Several reinstalls produced a varying faulty grub behavior. One time, there was a grub prompt; another time the stage 2 message came up and <crash>. Another time Grub announced but immediately got lost. In each case I could, from the installation DVD, "boot the installed system" and behavior was then normal. (A second similar system contains the 32 bit version dual booted with SuSe 9.2 on hdb. It provides my definition of normal.)
I have made a set of rescue floppies (instructions on DVD 1 and CD 1) They do the same as the DVD/CD, but much slower.
I made a grub boot floppy. Issuing commands appropriately failed to produce a successful boot.
In this system /mnt is empty. What is 'sysimage' a directory, a file, or a link?
Old 03-17-2005, 12:13 AM   #5
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Hi Team, I still have the Grub problem, any ideas ?

stage 1.5

fails quoting error 15


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