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This is my fiirst time configuring grub and I really hate it. I am at the grub configuration part of the Gentoo install and I am supposed to run grub, then type at the command prompt root (hd0,0) which designates my MBR of course. After doing that I receive no errors but the statement "Filesystem type unknown, partition type 0x7" After that I am supposed to type setup (hd0). Then I get "Error 17: Cannot mount selected partition" WTF? Is is because I'm dual booting and have XP on hd0 and Gentoo on hd1?
root (hd0,0) is supposed to tell grub where it can find its loader programs stage1 and stage2. In this case, the error message is telling you it's the wrong partition. The stage1 and stage2 programs are located in the /boot/grub folder. Which partition has the /boot/grub folder? Do you have a separate /boot partition? BTW, (hd0,0) means hda1.
The setup (hd0) tells where to install grub. In this case, it's being put in the mbr of /dev/hda.
I have 2 hard disks. 1st one is WinXP and 2nd is reserved for Gentoo. Linux partitions are 1 partition is /boot, 2nd is swap, 3rd is /. I really am getting frustrated w/ Grub. I would think that I need to run Grub, then run the command setup (hd0,0) so I can install Grub on the MBR of hd0. I do so and get "Error 12: invalid device requested" This:grub-install --root-directory=/boot/grub /dev/hda did not work. All I need is to install a fscking bootloader and I'd be enjoying freedom from RPM hell.