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Old 05-25-2004, 03:36 PM   #1
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GRUB Won't Load.... HELP!


I am new to linux, in fact today was my first attempt to ever install it.

I have two hd's, one that I run WinXP on and one I was going to dedicate completely to Fedora... I installed everything just fine, putting fedora on dev/hdb like it should have been. The installation completed and told me to take the disk out and press the reboot button. I did and then when my WinXP would typically load, I got a black screen with the word "GRUB _" (the underscore was blinking quickly, and nothing would happen, my computer won't do anything. I can't load either windows or fedora and I don't know what to do.

I've tried reinstalling the fedora but the same thing happens. I can't even boot WinXP from my XP disk, it just trys to load GRUB. Does anyone know what could be wrong????

Please Help, I need my computer back .

I have since tried the fixmbr and fixboot commands in the windows recovery but now it's telling me I need to resinstall windows and when I do that I get some error during installation :\...
 
Old 05-25-2004, 04:03 PM   #2
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if you change your BIOS HD settings to LBA u should be able to boot windows and linux..but your partition table remains still screwed up
 
Old 05-25-2004, 04:03 PM   #3
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You improperly set the info about your disk configuration. Currently the grub is trying to start but probably cannot find next booting stage files. Can you keyin anything or not (dead console) while 'GRUB' text appears?
 
Old 05-25-2004, 04:12 PM   #4
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I cannot key in anything when that screen appears... but I am able to load the fedora cd and access the linux text line or whatever, at least I think that's what it was called... if that's what you mean?
 
Old 05-25-2004, 04:13 PM   #5
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if you change your BIOS HD settings to LBA u should be able to boot windows and linux..but your partition table remains still screwed up

If my partition table is screwed up, does that mean I've lost everything on my original WinXP HD?
 
Old 05-25-2004, 04:21 PM   #6
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nope. the partition table can be recreated in linux. check the fedora thread sunday on your problem.
 
Old 05-25-2004, 04:41 PM   #7
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Could you link me to that thread?

Thanks so much.
 
Old 05-26-2004, 03:01 AM   #8
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http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=0...id=110&tid=187
 
Old 05-26-2004, 05:51 AM   #9
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other useful links


http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...hreadid=183024
http://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/....cgi?id=115980
 
Old 07-17-2004, 05:16 PM   #10
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I'm having the exact same problem, but I'm too much of a newb to understand how to fix it. How do I get into either Windows or Linux to fix this problem, and once I'm in an OS how exactly do I go about fixing this?? I can't figure out how to change to LBA or whatever in my BIOS...

NM, I managed to get my BIOS reset to whatever I guess (since it works now). Stupid Dell BIOS don't make any sense *mutter mutter*

Last edited by highbulp; 07-17-2004 at 07:03 PM.
 
Old 07-27-2004, 04:06 PM   #11
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I have the same issue with an ASUS A7V8X, promise 376, and two sata drives. I can't figure out how to fix the LBA mode problem. I have a 3ware 8006 on the way from new egg, but I would like to use the hardware I have.

Any Help?

thanks,
ntrepid8

Update:

I tried LILO but got an error 99. The only way I was able to load grub stage two was to install an EIDE drive to host the bootloader. It just points at Sda3 on the serial ata drive.

I guess the promise bios just stinks, and has no LBA support. Go figure. You get what you pay for. If anyone is able to load grub on a promise array I would be interested to know how you did it.

Last edited by ntrepid8; 07-28-2004 at 02:45 PM.
 
  


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