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Old 11-08-2005, 03:16 PM   #1
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Message: Grub Hard Disk Error

Hello To All,

I am an extreme Newbie. Glad to be here.

I get the mentioned error message:

Grub Hard Disk Error

upon a cold start - stage 1.

When I reboot (warm) stage 2 does kick in and comes to the Linux Screen.

I have looke around in a few websites and a manual and find no answer.

Can anybody help me here for a solution?

Old 11-08-2005, 05:57 PM   #2
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If your boot file /boot/grub/menu.lst is workable you can ask Grub to restore it in MBR by typing

grub-install /dev/hda

Change hda to sda if you boot to a Sata

I am assuming you know how to get into an unbootable Linux by booting first to a Linux Live CD, mount the distressed Linux partition and change root (command chroot) to it. If not let us know and get yourself a Live CD in the mean time.

List out /boot/grub/menu.lst, /etc/fstab and the content fdisk -l here if you are still stuck.
Old 11-18-2005, 10:59 PM   #3
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GRUB and LILO always conflict with Windows. And GNU GRUB is not so robust, causing many problems during boot.

So try GRUB for DOS please. It is a cross-platform boot loader based on GNU GRUB. The GRUB.EXE can be started from DOS/Win9x; and GRLDR can be started from BOOT.INI of Windows NT/2K/XP/2003; and even more, the GRUB.EXE can be started from LINUX via the KEXEC tool.

By using GRUB.EXE or GRLDR, you don't have to touch your MBR. It is the safest way coexisting with DOS/Windows.

You needn't install GRUB for DOS. Just run GRUB.EXE from DOS, or append a line of "C:\GRLDR=START GRUB" into your BOOT.INI(restart and select the "START GRUB" menu item), that will do.

Download GRUB for DOS here:

There is a fat12grldr.img file with the GRUB for DOS release. You can create a GRUB bootable floppy with this fat12grldr.img file.

Or, you can just copy GRUB.EXE to your DOS floppy and run GRUB.EXE to enter the GRUB environment.


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