GRUB "Reloc Offset is out of segment"/"mismatched names"
Working on a Gateway 832GM for my buddy.
Previously he was running Xubuntu, which I had set up for him on his old rig. I thought I'd segue him right into the same routine, and so I ran a Text-install of 12.04. After I completed the install (completely fresh disk by the way, and I wiped the HDD; solo install), GRUB gave me error: "Reloc offset is out of segment"
So I searched the forums and came up zilch. All of the repeats of this problem were on DualBoot setups with Windows, where backup/restore software was messing with the MBR. But my install is solo, and this was occurring on first boot.
So after like three f***ing hours of trying every forum solution on the net, I decided to try a few other distros. Here were the distros I tried, and the GRUB errors:
All of these were tried with both ALT installers and LiveCD installs.
Ubuntu 12.04: "Reloc offset is out of segment"
Ubuntu 11.10: "Reloc offset is out of segment"
Xubuntu 11.10: "Reloc offset is out of segment"
Jolicloud 1.2: "Reloc offset is out of segment"
And finally, Sabayon 10 (x): "mismatched names"
The last install (Sabayon) was interesting because I was under the suspicion it was only a Debian problem. Seems Gentoo-based systems give me the same issue.
I'm lost. I have no idea where to go from here, I'm open to any suggestions. PLEASE HELP ME LQ!