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Old 12-07-2005, 07:50 PM   #1
dmanges
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Exclamation Why won't my ThinkPad iSeries load Grub?


I am relatively inexperienced with Linux. Although my hardware & software skills I would considered tuned pretty well, I can't install any version of Linux that uses Grub as a boot loader. I'm using an IBM Thinkpad iSeries Celeron 600 MHz, 128MB with a 10GB hard disk. I've tried two different distros with no luck...everytime it reboots to load the OS (Suse 10.0 or SimplyMepis), I get the apparently famous "GRUB Hard Disk Error". I've read on several forums to install a seperate partition for GRUB. Easy enough, right? This laptop is not equipped with a floppy disk, so apparently not. I have no interest in having a Windows partition on this machine because I would like to completely switch to a Microsoft-Free atmosphere. Is there any way to install either of these distros to be simply a stand-alone system? If so, can I do it without a floppy or within either of these distros installation programs? Any help would GREATLY be appreciated. Thanks!

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Dan
 
Old 12-07-2005, 09:54 PM   #2
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How is the disk defined in the BIOS -LBA ???
 
Old 12-08-2005, 10:57 AM   #3
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IBM Thinkpad

The hard drive is an IBM-DJSA-210 (10GB) & the BIOS doesn't list how it's being run. I've never seen a bios with so little functionality...it won't specify whether or not it's LBA or not! The strange thing is, if I boot from the SuSE install CD & choose "Boot from Hard Disk", GRUB loads fine. Not sure where to go from here.

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Old 12-08-2005, 06:50 PM   #4
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[FONT="Arial"]I've never seen a bios with so little functionality...
May be truer than you think.
The grub message is from the loader code (stage1) - the BIOS has responded invalidly to an (basic) INT13 call for drive parameters.
Once a kernel is loaded, Linux doesn't bother with the BIOS interface - I believe it enforces LBA, and this would explain why it works elsewhere.
"fdisk -l" from a running system should prove that pretty easily.
And of course grub was built utilising this LBA environment.

I can see two options for you;
- force the geometry parameters from the grub shell.
- build a grub bootable CD.

Note that I haven't done either - so best of luck.
 
  


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