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Old 04-17-2006, 05:02 PM   #1
Geoff A
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Fedora Core 5 hanging on "GRUB Loading Stage2.."


I have a Dell Inspiron 6000, with a 60Gb hard drive, 1Gb of RAM and a DVD-RAM drive.

I installed "Fedora Core 4" and "Windows XP (SP2)" on the machine last year and all worked well.

The system had four partitions;
2 for Fodera Core 4
1 for Windows XP
1 small partition for Dell's hardware utilities
and the default was to boot into Windows.

In the weekend I attempted to install "Fedora Core 5" from DVD and I used all the default values suggested. The install seemed to go well, but ...

when I reboot the PC displays the following text and hangs.
"GRUB Loading stage2.."

I have tried reinstalling "Fedora Core" but the system keeps saying that the software is up to date.
I can also boot off the DVD and go into the "rescue" mode but not sure what to look for. I have a reasonable knowledge of Unix through work but fairly new to Linux on PC's.
 
Old 04-18-2006, 12:29 PM   #2
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m nt completly sure abt the problem but looks your bootloader didnt load properly, y not spend another 20-30 mins for a fresh installationa dn see if it works fine ... if it doesnt then please let us know... we ll try to see what went wrong...
 
Old 04-18-2006, 06:24 PM   #3
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I have tried to reinstall the software several times. Each time it checks the configuration and says that the PC is up to date.

During the install process I have gone into the options where it allows the user to select partition information and the settings same reasonable.
I have also tried changing the settings (eg default partition) but this does not seem to have any affect - get messages to say the PC is up to date.

Is there any (easy) way to just reinstall "grub" or force "grub" changes to take affect?
 
Old 04-19-2006, 12:34 AM   #4
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you can try reinstalling grub _
keep the cd1 of your linux distribution and at boot promt type
boot: linux rescue <- press enter

once u enter the user promt type -
#/sbin/grub-install /dev/hda <- chk hda it should be your boot partition

now reboot it should work.
the above description is mainly for fedora users ... just try if it works
 
Old 04-25-2006, 02:52 PM   #5
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Hi, I reinstalled grub as you suggested and have regained access to Fedora Core 5 and Windows XP.

Not, sure what happened when I upgraded Fedora.

Thanks for the help.
 
Old 05-15-2006, 04:59 PM   #6
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One more detail

Thanks for this thread! I've tried to figure this problem out for a week after a half a dozen installs that failed to produce a booting copy of core 5.

One more step I had to go through before I was able too boot my system was to issue the command "/sbin/grub-install --recheck" and then follow it wit the command mentioned above. When I issued the command mentioned above without doing the "recheck" I recieved an error message.

Thanks again for the help guys!
 
  


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