Looks like a great community. I'm not a total Linux noob, but I'm not nearly as experienced as I'd like to be. This is my 3rd gentoo install, and for some reason grub isn't loading. It boots and says "Please wait while grub loads..." (I'm not right at the failure message this instant, so I forgot the exact message). It doesn't progress beyond that point.
For those who are wondering, I was following the step-by-step instructions on how to install gentoo, starting with a stage 2 install. I used genkernel to compile the kernel, and I'm using 2.4.25.
My partitioning is:
/dev/hda1 -- windows
/dev/hda2 -- ext3 Linux, my root, which also contains the boot directory
/dev/hda3 -- Swap
I've tried several things, but the process I tried recently to get this working is to boot from the live cd (thank goodness for those!), mount hda2, and edit grub.conf. My grub.conf looks like this:
kernel /boot/kernel-2.4.25-gentoo init=/boot/linuxrc root=/dev/ram0 real_root=/dev/hda2 vga=0x317
I'm thinking the problem isn't necessarily the conf file itself, but how grub is installed. So, I tried these series of commands (from startup of the live cd)
mount /dev/hda2 /mnt/gentoo
(confirmation of correct filesystem)
(notes what it is doing, doesn't report any errors)
And then I get back to my never-going-away "Please wait" message, when it reboots. The weird thing is -- I had it up and running a few months ago
Any ideas are welcome. Thanks in advance!