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Old 09-19-2011, 11:43 PM   #16
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I think it's actually saying it can't find a (local) bootable device. The disk is there and has valid boot code in the MBR, as per the RESULTS.txt in post #5.
I have seen other posts where this has happened on an install - Ubuntu mostly. Might have even happened to me on that laptop.
Don't know why.
 
Old 09-22-2011, 05:38 PM   #17
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So it sounds like there are two possible scenarios:
1) Some sort of a BIOS problem.
-If this is the case do you think trying to update my BIOS firmware would help?
-I had Ubuntu previously installed on the same hardware, if it was a BIOS problem would it only effect Fedora or should it effect both operating systems?

2) Problem with installing a Beta release of Fedora 15 and/or accepting the default partitioning.
-I have used both a direct download of the iso and a torrent download that was linked to from fedoraproject.org. I would have thought that they would have given me the latest release of Fedora 15. Where should I go & how can I check to get the latest version?
Any recommendations on what the partition sizes should be? As a Newbie I have always been a little confused on what partitions are mandatory for Linux and what there size/storage type should be.
 
Old 09-22-2011, 08:45 PM   #18
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My Fedora 15 installation just failed to boot because I tried to use a software mirror on my boot partition. (Apparently GRUB 0.97 doesn't "understand" software mirrors with superblocks using anything after 0.96.) The symptom was that GRUB went into the GRUB command line mode, which is what the OP maker reported. (I solved the problem by using the GRUB command line to install GRUB on a /boot directory under my root directory - which was not in a logical volume - and then editing /etc/fstab to use the new structure. [Of course, I had a backup copy of my /boot partition that I could copy into the new /boot directory.] But this procedure is not something that I would try to walk a new user through, especially via comments here, and most new users don't have backups.)

So, the problem may simply be that GRUB is not able to read his /boot partition. Perhaps the OPer failed to create a separate /boot partition, or somehow created it inside a logical volume. That should be easy to check from a live CD, but I'd really suggest a fresh install of Fedora 15 from an up-to-date installation disk. And, as I said, not using the default "logical volume" scheme.
 
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But the OP is not getting to grub. The BIOS will moan if it finds a device which has no boot-code; this appears to be saying it can't even do that.
 
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Frome the OP:
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Originally Posted by lilseal18 View Post
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The exact message on the screen is:
GNU GRUB version 0.97-71.fc15 (638k lower / 1047488k upper memory)

[Minimal BASH-like line editing is supported. For the first word, TAB lists possible command completions. Anywhere else TAB lists the possible completions of a device/filename.]

grub>

...

 
  


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