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Old 04-12-2008, 05:43 AM   #1
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Multiboot - installed Linux over Windows - now Linux won't boot - error 17


Hello forum,

I have a multiboot configuration with several Linux distros (including Mandriva) and one partition for WindowsXP.

I decided to use the Windows partition to install Gentoo 2007 and I'm fairly sure I have edited the menu.lst file correctly but Gentoo will not boot, it gives me an error 17 - can't mount selected partition.


I am using the Mandriva Grub bootloader to handle booting all of the partitions. All of the partitions boot up fine except for Gentoo, where Windows XP used to be.


I was wondering if the chainloader configuration that Mandriva automatically wrote to make Windows bootable is causing this problem since Gentoo does not need a chainloader. All I did to prepare the Windows partition for Gentoo was format it with ext3. I also commented out all entries for WindowsXP in the menu.lst file and added entries for Gentoo directly under it.

If this chainloader configuration is causing problems, is there a way to fix it?

Here is the Mandriva's menu.lst file. It is kind of messy due to commented out entries but it has worked fine in the past.

Code:

timeout 10
color black/cyan yellow/cyan
default 0

title Linux Mandriva 2007
kernel (hd0,4)/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.17-5mdv root=/dev/hda5  splash=silent vga=788
initrd (hd0,4)/boot/initrd-2.6.17-5mdv.img

#title Linux Mandriva 2007 -nonfb
#kernel (hd0,4)/boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda5 
#initrd (hd0,4)/boot/initrd.img

#title Linux Mandriva 2007 failsafe
#kernel (hd0,4)/boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda5  failsafe
#initrd (hd0,4)/boot/initrd.img

#title Microsoft WindowsXP service pack 2
#root (hd0,0)
#makeactive
#chainloader +1

title Gentoo Linux 2007
root (hd0,0)
kernel /boot/kernel-genkernel-x86-2.6.19-gentoo-r5  root=/dev/hda1
initrd /boot/initramfs-genkernel-x86-2.6.19-gentoo-r5

#title Slackware v12
#kernel (hd0,5)/boot/vmlinuz-huge-smp-2.6.21.5-smp root=/dev/hda6
#initrd (hd0,5)/boot/initrd.img-2.6.20-16-lowlatency

root# hda6, boot entry
title Slackware v12
root (hd0,5)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-generic-smp-2.6.21.5-smp  root=/dev/hda6 
initrd (hd0,5)/boot/initrd.gz


title Linux openSUSE version 10.2
kernel (hd0,6)/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.18.2-34-default
initrd (hd0,6)/boot/initrd-2.6.18.2-34-default

title Zenwalk 5
kernel (hd0,9)/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.23.12 root=/dev/sda10
initrd (hd0,9)/boot/initrd.splash

#title Sabayon version 3.4e
#kernel (hd0,7)/boot/kernel-genkernel-x86-2.6.22-sabayon
#module (hd0,7)/boot/initramfs-genkernel-x86-2.6.22-sabayon

title Linux Sabayon version 3.4e
root (hd0,7)
kernel /boot/kernel-genkernel-x86-2.6.22-sabayon  root=/dev/sda8
module /boot/initramfs-genkernel-x86-2.6.22-sabayon

title Linux Mint version 3.0
kernel (hd0,8)/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.20-15-generic  root=/dev/sda9
initrd (hd0,8)/boot/initrd.img-2.6.20-15-generic

*title PCLinuxOS 2007
*kernel (hd0,9)/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.18.8.tex5  root=/dev/hda10
*initrd (hd0,9)/boot/initrd-2.6.18.8.tex5.img

title GoblinX Premium 2008.1
root (hd0,10)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda11
initrd /boot/initrd
savedefault
boot

title Ubuntu Studio version 7.04
kernel (hd0,11)/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.20-15-generic  root=/dev/sda12
initrd (hd0,11)/boot/initrd.img-2.6.20-15-generic
Thanks in advance,
Roy

Last edited by rrrssssss; 04-12-2008 at 06:11 AM.
 
Old 04-12-2008, 08:06 AM   #2
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After a myriad of issues with booting, I started using supergrub. Hope this helps
http://www.supergrubdisk.org/
 
  


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