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Old 10-06-2004, 06:11 PM   #1
ZeroEffect
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Unhappy Grub, Grub and Grub


I have installed Ferdora 2 and rebooted then the computer freezes and displays GRUB. This is not the GRUB prompt (GRUB>) nothing can be typed here you have to boot to the cd. I have booted to the Fedora CD1 and ge into rescue mode. I have reinstalled GRUB, I have even done a complete reinstall of Fedora. Same result. Now I am really new to Linux and how to move around in it so after some searching and help from people I work with I am now able to edit/change the grub.conf file.

Well going through the file everything looks good. Here is a break down.

default=0
timeout=10
splashimage=(HD0,0)/grub/splash.xpm.gz
title Fedora Core (2.6.5-1.358)
root (HD0,0)
kernel (HD0,0) /vmlinuz-2.6.5-1.358 ro root=/dev/hda2
Initrd /initrd-2.6.5-1.358.img

Everything looks good, but I had changed where "ro" is placed it was at the end. Now when i reboot the word GRUB is all over the screen like the fun basic coding

10 print "GRUB";
20 goto 10

So I am really lost. I have looked and searched high and low but I can't find anything like this.

the device.map file has these entries

(fd0) /dev/fd0
(hd0) /dev/hda

Thanks for any help you my provide.

ZeroEffect
 
Old 10-06-2004, 06:16 PM   #2
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Sounds like you are having the same problems as I am. I'm in the same boat and haven't found a solution yet, either.

Couple quick questions..

How old is the comp you are using? Fairly new (recent BIOS)??

How did you partition your HD... automatically in the installer??

I get the GRUB> prompt when I boot up, but that's as far as I get. None of the commands others have posted or in any installs I've seen seem to work.

Help -- for both of us!!

thx,

-mrmike-
 
Old 10-06-2004, 06:21 PM   #3
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Here are my computer stats.

Motherboard asus p3b-f
Ram 256
cpu PIII-500
20 gig WD Partitioning done by installer
generic CD rom
Memorex CD-R


and a floppy drive
 
Old 10-06-2004, 06:33 PM   #4
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Change bootloader

Change to lilo & see if that works
 
Old 10-06-2004, 06:35 PM   #5
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LILO worked great when I used RH9...

.. BUT LILO isn't an option on the FC2 install !!
 
Old 10-06-2004, 06:38 PM   #6
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I was going to try that next, Install redhat 9 with lilo then upgrade to Fedora 2.
 
Old 10-06-2004, 06:40 PM   #7
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Ironically, the machine I installed FC2 to had RH9 on it already and I attempted to upgrade.

No dice. Couldn't figure out how to do it -- the installer didn't seem to detect my "existing linux installation".

Figures.
 
Old 10-06-2004, 07:21 PM   #8
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Well, I think I'll still give it a try. If that doesn't work I keep plugging away.
 
Old 10-06-2004, 11:39 PM   #9
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Okay, finally after getting home from work I went to my "test" machine and tried fiddling around with some of the GRUB commands that I've picked up today. Result?

Nothing.

GRUB> root(hd + [tab] = nothing.

GRUB> root(hd0,0) returns "Error 21: invalid disk... blah blah blah"

Okay, that gives me some suspicions that my BIOS or *something* in this dang thing is not recognizing my boot record / GRUB / whatEVER.

Here's what I've got so far:

Loaded FC2 from CD-R ISO's last night on this machine:

- Comqrap 333Mhz machine, 256mb RAM, 10GB HD.

- Previously ran RH9 with no problems whatsoever and LILO as bootloader.

- As some may know, LILO is not a bootloader option on FC2 -- or at least it wasn't on my install disks


Still treading water..... any ideas??

Help!!

Thanks,

mrmike
 
Old 10-07-2004, 11:47 AM   #10
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I just found my RH9 disks and am starting the install of that, I'll post what happens. If anyone else has an idea please let me know.

Thanks in advance for any help you are able to give.

ZeroEffect
 
Old 10-07-2004, 12:58 PM   #11
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Still No Luck

With Red Hat 9 I'm now freezing at LI durring boot.

anyone?
 
Old 10-07-2004, 01:33 PM   #12
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Hey I can boot from the boot disk. hmmm
 
  


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