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I wonder if there is an easy way to solve this.
Maybe my initital mistake was when I installed linux (Mandriva)
on a primary partition quite some time ago...
To make room for a new distro for testing I repartitioned,
with parted or diskdrake - I do not remember - and installed some
new distro on the newly created ext3 partition.
It looks like this now:
# fdisk -l
Disk /dev/sda: 120.0 GB, 120034123776 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 14593 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x48d8907c
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 7296 58605088+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 7297 11868 36724590 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda3 11869 13194 10651095 5 Extended
/dev/sda4 13195 14593 11237467+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda5 11869 13063 9598774+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 13064 13194 1052226 82 Linux swap
Windows (on sda1) and Mandriva (on sda4) boot and run just fine.
I can mount sda6 and access its contents (from Mandriva).
However, grub does not me boot the Fedora on sda6:
Probing devices to guess BIOS drives. This may take a long time.
grub> root (hd0,4)
Filesystem type is ext2fs, partition type 0x83
grub> kernel /boo
Error 2: Bad file or directory type
Is there a way out w/o deleting partitions 4,5 and 6 and restarting from
scratch by installing in secondary partitions?
Last edited by Scandaglio; 09-18-2008 at 10:11 AM.
part of the problem might be fedora9's grub uses a 256 bit inode , the others use a 128 bit
by chance did you NOT install the fedora9 grub in sda5 /boot
also fedora by default will put grub in mbr sda1
-- OR and most likely --
the problem may be that grub dose not work on a lvm /boot must be a ext3 but all of sda5 is lvm
so repartition sda5 and 6 into
sda5 /boot ext3 100meg
sda6 swap ~ 2 to 3gig
sda7 / the rest of the disk ( no format if you want to use LVM) or ext3
personally i hate lvm and have not used it since fedora5
Thanks for the suggestions, but I have now admotted defeat and repartitioned with Parted Magic.
Removed primary sda4 and logical sda5/6, grown extended sda3 to the remaining space,
created new logical partitions within sda3 and re-installed.
Not understanding what exactly was the problem irks me, but I needed to move on.
And it works.