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I'm coming from Slackware, which uses LiLo, to Ubuntu, which uses GRUB, and I had some difficulty getting things setup. Finally I got it all working, but I'm curious about something. The pertinent part of menu.lst is:
I am stabbing in the dark. I think it is possible that the mixture of ide and sata can cause confusion.
I would be curious what the "find" command would say if you did it during startup. Reboot and, when the grub screen comes up, hit esc to stop the countdown (possibly esc again to get to text mode), and then "c" for a command prompt. Do the "find" thing from there.