Hello, i got my new Thinkpad x220, the other day and am now trying to set it up the way i want it. I want a separate boot partition, a shared data partition which will be mounted in home, the swap and root partitions for each distro.
Anyways, i currently have no os installed. I have deleted everything with gpart. I am trying to setup the boot partition with grub1, while in gpart, but i'm having issues. I tried following some instructions that went like this:
"mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/mnt (I made a mnt directory in mnt, as this command wouldn't work other wise)
mkdir -p boot/grub
cp /usr/lib/grub/i386-pc/* /mnt/mnt/boot/grub
The last command gives out the message,
"Filesystem type is ext2fs, partition type 0x83"
googleing it, the gentoo wiki says
First of all make sure that you changed root(hd0,0) and setup (hd0) according to your systems specifications.
It may also be possible that grub uses other numbers for your drives than your kernel. So although it may be hda it could be that it is not hd0. However usually this is not the case.
I am pretty sure that my boot partition i had made is hd0,0. It's the first partition on my only hard drive. It's a ssd if that makes a difference.
Just to make sure, i tried the command,
which produced "Error 15: File not found"
The Gentoo wiki again, says,
Solution - Initial Configuration
This error is returned if the specified file name cannot be found, but everything else (like the disk/partition info) is OK.
Frequently, the error notes a missing kernel image file. Make sure that the file it is referring to exists on your boot partition.
To find out the exact name of your kernel, boot from the installation cd, mount your root and (if applicable) boot partition. Next, chroot into your Gentoo system and do a listing of the available files to see what kernel images you have available:
(for the record, i am not installing Gentoo, it just happens to have very good documentation)
I have looked at several 'separate boot partition' instructions, and i didn't see anything about installing a kernel in these. I have been busting my brains over this for the last few hours this morning and last night. I have tried unmounting the partition then trying them commands too, but that was also unsuccessful. I have been getting more and more frustrated and it doesn't help that my girlfriend i cracking it because i'm spending so much time on the computer, GOSHH!. So any help would be greatly appreciated and thankyou to all who were patient enough to read this entire message.