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Old 12-29-2008, 07:47 PM   #1
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problem to install grub on macbook aluminium


i've installed ubuntu on /dev/sda3 and /dev/sda1 /dev/sda2 belongs to osX, HSF and backup partition.
I've installed refit and it shows me two pinguins.
when i press one boot linux from HD it shows me just word GRUB in top of the screen and that's it. It doesn't reach even stage1.
I tried to install GRUB again, using live cd and chroot to /dev/sda3 and without doing that
grub keeps telling me something about that drive and BIOS. And when i try find /boot/grub/stage1 i get error that file doesn't exist.
What could be wrong there?
 
Old 12-29-2008, 08:06 PM   #2
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Most likely the menu.lst drive order does not correspond to BIOS drive order. Could you post your /boot/grub/menu.lst file and also list how the BIOS describes each drive?

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Old 12-29-2008, 09:04 PM   #3
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# menu.lst - See: grub(8), info grub, update-grub(8)
# grub-install(8), grub-floppy(8),
# grub-md5-crypt, /usr/share/doc/grub
# and /usr/share/doc/grub-doc/.

## default num
# Set the default entry to the entry number NUM. Numbering starts from 0, and
# the entry number 0 is the default if the command is not used.
#
# You can specify 'saved' instead of a number. In this case, the default entry
# is the entry saved with the command 'savedefault'.
# WARNING: If you are using dmraid do not use 'savedefault' or your
# array will desync and will not let you boot your system.
default 0

## timeout sec
# Set a timeout, in SEC seconds, before automatically booting the default entry
# (normally the first entry defined).
timeout 3

## hiddenmenu
# Hides the menu by default (press ESC to see the menu)
hiddenmenu

# Pretty colours
#color cyan/blue white/blue

## password ['--md5'] passwd
# If used in the first section of a menu file, disable all interactive editing
# control (menu entry editor and command-line) and entries protected by the
# command 'lock'
# e.g. password topsecret
# password --md5 $1$gLhU0/$aW78kHK1QfV3P2b2znUoe/
# password topsecret

#
# examples
#
# title Windows 95/98/NT/2000
# root (hd0,0)
# makeactive
# chainloader +1
#
# title Linux
# root (hd0,1)
# kernel /vmlinuz root=/dev/hda2 ro
#

#
# Put static boot stanzas before and/or after AUTOMAGIC KERNEL LIST

### BEGIN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST
## lines between the AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST markers will be modified
where can i find how my BIOS
## by the debian update-grub script except for the default options below

## DO NOT UNCOMMENT THEM, Just edit them to your needs

## ## Start Default Options ##
## default kernel options
## default kernel options for automagic boot options
## If you want special options for specific kernels use kopt_x_y_z
## where x.y.z is kernel version. Minor versions can be omitted.
## e.g. kopt=root=/dev/hda1 ro
## kopt_2_6_8=root=/dev/hdc1 ro
## kopt_2_6_8_2_686=root=/dev/hdc2 ro
# kopt=root=UUID=b9590f61-9ffd-46ed-8fdb-99bbc7776c40 ro

## default grub root device
## e.g. groot=(hd0,0)
# groot=b9590f61-9ffd-46ed-8fdb-99bbc7776c40

## should update-grub create alternative automagic boot options
## e.g. alternative=true
## alternative=false
# alternative=true

## should update-grub lock alternative automagic boot options
## e.g. lockalternative=true
## lockalternative=false
# lockalternative=false

## additional options to use with the default boot option, but not with the
## alternatives
## e.g. defoptions=vga=791 resume=/dev/hda5
# defoptions=quiet splash

## should update-grub lock old automagic boot options
## e.g. lockold=false
## lockold=true
# lockold=false

## Xen hypervisor options to use with the default Xen boot option
# xenhopt=

## Xen Linux kernel options to use with the default Xen boot option
# xenkopt=console=tty0

## altoption boot targets option
## multiple altoptions lines are allowed
## e.g. altoptions=(extra menu suffix) extra boot options
## altoptions=(recovery) single
# altoptions=(recovery mode) single

## controls how many kernels should be put into the menu.lst
## only counts the first occurence of a kernel, not the
## alternative kernel options
## e.g. howmany=all
## howmany=7
# howmany=all

## should update-grub create memtest86 boot option
## e.g. memtest86=true
## memtest86=false
# memtest86=true

## should update-grub adjust the value of the default booted system
## can be true or false
# updatedefaultentry=false

## should update-grub add savedefault to the default options
## can be true or false
# savedefault=false

## ## End Default Options ##

title Ubuntu 8.10, kernel 2.6.27-7-generic
uuid b9590f61-9ffd-46ed-8fdb-99bbc7776c40
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27-7-generic root=UUID=b9590f61-9ffd-46ed-8fdb-99bbc7776c40 ro quiet splash
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.27-7-generic
quiet

title Ubuntu 8.10, kernel 2.6.27-7-generic (recovery mode)
uuid b9590f61-9ffd-46ed-8fdb-99bbc7776c40
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27-7-generic root=UUID=b9590f61-9ffd-46ed-8fdb-99bbc7776c40 ro single
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.27-7-generic

title Ubuntu 8.10, memtest86+
uuid b9590f61-9ffd-46ed-8fdb-99bbc7776c40
kernel /boot/memtest86+.bin
quiet

### END DEBIAN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST

And where i can find how my BIOS describes drives?
 
Old 12-31-2008, 12:28 PM   #4
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And /dev/sda doesn't exist neither sda1 sda2 or sda3
 
Old 12-31-2008, 02:55 PM   #5
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grub> root (hd0,2)
grub> setup (hd0,2)
Checking if "/boot/grub/stage1" exists... yes
Checking if "/boot/grub/stage2" exists... yes
Checking if "/boot/grub/e2fs_stage1_5" exists... yes
Running "embed /boot/grub/e2fs_stage1_5 (hd0,2)"... failed (this is not fatal)
Running "embed /boot/grub/e2fs_stage1_5 (hd0,2)"... failed (this is not fatal)
Running "install /boot/grub/stage1 (hd0,2) /boot/grub/stage2 p /boot/grub/menu
.lst "... succeeded
Done.
 
  


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