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Old 03-06-2005, 03:44 PM   #1
des33
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hd_grub.img question


hey guys - going to install mandrake 10.1 from the HDD (my dvd rom is having problems reading DVD-R's!!)

but i dont understand the how to use this to congifure it..

this website is meant to help

located at: qa.mandrakesoft.com/hd_grub.cgi

i dont know which options to select..

a run down on my HDDs

first HDD:
C:/ (windows XP)

Second HDD:
E:/ (logical partiton - NTFS - used for storage of files etc) I also have it partitoned ready for linux..

the unpacked ISO is located

E:/i586

anyone able to help me with the configuartions? i did try this one:

timeout 0
default 0

title Mandrake Install

root (hd1,4)
kernel /cooker/i586/isolinux/alt0/vmlinuz ramdisk_size=128000 root=/dev/ram3 acpi=ht vga=788 automatic=method:disk,partition=hdb5,directory=/cooker/i586
initrd /cooker/i586/isolinux/alt0/all.rdz


but i got

"starting grub.. stage 2... read error"

so i was off with my config..

any help wouldbe great

thanks

-des
 
Old 03-06-2005, 04:17 PM   #2
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Let's see if I can help.
First, timeout 0 may cause you a bit of frustration. You will not have time to select an OS to boot. The default will boot immediately every time you boot up. Change timeout to a reasonable time, such as 10, 20, or 30 to give you time to select an OS to boot.
Second, it's hard to say what the problem is with the grub config, because you don't say what partition Linux is installed on!
If it's on hdb (the second hard drive), partition 5, then root (hd1,4) should work. On the other hand, if it's on the first hard drive (hda), in the fourth partition, then change root (hd1,4) to read root (hd0,3). Why? Grub counts, like C language, begins with 0, not 1. Hd0 is the first hard disk; hd1 is the second; etc.
Similarly, (hd0,0) is the first partition of the first hard drive; (hd0,1) is the second partition; etc.
 
Old 03-06-2005, 04:36 PM   #3
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oh linux isnt installed yet - im installing mandrake 10.1 of the hard-drive using their hd_grub.img method..

but on my second hard-drive i have created partitons for it to go onto..

at the moment i have the mandrake 10.1 iso unpacked onto my second hard-drive (e:/ under windows)

the path to it is

E:/i586 i have changed it from NTFS to FAT32 since my previous post (as ive read it works better this way)

its on my second hard drive which is hdb and its partioned like this at the moment

30gb FAT32 (logical)
10gb EXT3 / linuxswap 2 (which has nothing in it as yet)

that little program at : qa.mandrakesoft.com/hd_grub.cgi

says that logical is under "partition 5"

.. but what does it mean by

1st BIOS hard-drive
2nd BIOS hard-drive etc...

?
 
Old 03-06-2005, 06:16 PM   #4
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heres a image of my current set-up might explain things better than what i can

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/mcphillips/HDD.jpg

so ive changed things about since my first post..

E:/ as you can see is now a primary partition ..

any ideas?

i changed it to :

timeout 30
default 0

title Mandrake Install

root (hd1,1)
kernel /i586/isolinux/alt0/vmlinuz ramdisk_size=128000 root=/dev/ram3 acpi=ht vga=788 automatic=method:disk,partition=hdb2,directory=/i586
initrd /i586/isolinux/alt0/all.rdz

but still the same... stage 2 .. read error
 
  


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