Booting my new ubuntu install = "GRUB GRUB GRUB GRUB GRUB" etc.
I've got 4 hard drives. 2x 160gb SATA drives, 2x 300gb ATA drives. All 4 drives were formatted, and I installed ubuntu on one of the 300 gig drives (the IDE master, drive 0 as the installer recognized).
When i boot up after the install, i just get "GRUB" looping over and over.
I've reinstalled honestly a dozen times a least (trying different configurations with these drives), with no luck. I've followed instructions on this board to reinstall grub to the MBR, which didn't change anything.
edit: I did some google searching and found that a possible cause for this may be having the BIOS auto-detect hard drives, and the solution is to turn that feature off and specify what they are so it doesn't need to detect them. My bios (my mobo is DFI ultra infinity) either allows auto detect to be on, or no drive to be specified. So, basically, if I have auto detect off I have no hard drives.
Anyone have any ideas?
We need to know what the BIOS thinks is the first HD. (I suppose it is possible that the Linux installer had a different opinion)
One clue: Is there any way that GRUB could be on one of the other 3 drives?---eg if any of then ever had Linux installed.
Another thing to try is to boot from the Ubuntu install CD and either go from there to the Ubuntu install--or just ctrl-alt-F1 to get to a terminal.
From any terminal:
disconnect the SATA drives
try installing on one of the SATAs
Well, I figured out the problem... figured I'd post it in case someone else comes across the same problem.
Auto detect in my BIOS didn't need to be off. I turned that back ON. In the same section (right below "auto detect") in my bios was a field called "Access Mode". It was set at the default "CHS" for both drives. I changed both of them to auto. Problem solved.
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