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Alright, when I boot my computer it stops at a prompt like this:
I installed WinXP on the primary master hard drive, and Gentoo on the primary slave hard drive. In the Gentoo installation, I decided to go with Grub as a boot loader, and shoved it into the MBR. When telling grub where to install and setup I ran into this, which is probably the problem:
grub> root (hd0,0)
Filesystem type unknown, partition type 0x7
grub> setup (hd0)
Error 17: Cannot mount selected partition
At this point, I figured I should try using grub as a secondary loader begining where Gentoo was installed. I previously had Red Hat 9 where Gentoo was installed, and used GRUB as the loader then, and it worked fine. I figured I'd get to the first (working) instance of grub that would refer to this one at bootup.
grub> root (hd1,0)
Filesystem type is ext2f3, partition type 0x83
grub> setup (hd1,2)
#checking and running blah everything looks successful
Using the Gentoo Live CD I can still get into my newly installed Gentoo kernel and modify boot sectors and loaders, so I still think the problem is fixable. To me, it seems that GRUB gets started when the MBR is consulted at bootup, but since it was never set up, it dies. Does anybody know why my MBR is not mountable?
Boot loaders aren't exactly my cup of tea, so if you have a solution, please walk me through it slowly.
root (hd0,0) - this should be your /boot partition if you have one, if not it should be your root partition. You said you had Windows XP on your primary master so you're trying to install Grub on that - hd0,0 is the first partition on your first hard drive, and that's the one Grub fails to mount. Review your partition configuration and re-read the Gentoo docs on Grub.
Although I run Gentoo (as of recently) I am not very familiar with the Gentoo-specific kernel sources. What error message do you get? And did you search the Gentoo forums for the error message? Most questions that usually arise have already been asked and answered there. The search function is really a blessing.