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Old 01-11-2009, 05:30 AM   #1
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Xubuntu: Grub Error 2 after fresh install


I'm installing Xubuntu 8.10 on my laptop which previously had ubuntu 7.04 installed. I tell the installer to use the entire disk space (it's an sata drive).
The installer asks where to install GRUB and defaults to (hd0). Leaving everything "as is", after installation procedures ends and I reboot, GRUB returns an Error 2 at stage 1.5. (i.e.
Bad file or directory type
This error is returned if a file requested is not a regular file, but something like a symbolic link, directory, or FIFO.
see I then use the CD to start, but /boot doesn't even contain the /grub directory not to mention the file menu.lst.

What should I try to do? Should I manually try to install grub from terminal? Is there a howto which I could follow?

Old 01-11-2009, 06:09 AM   #2
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Found the solution:

By default, the installer will put the boot loader into hd0, which is, according to the documentation I found here, the first BIOS device. Now, previous to installation I had changed my boot device from HDD to CD-ROM, saved to CMOS and restarted my laptop. But I saw that my laptop comes with an extra F12 "choose boot device" at startup, so I decided to put boot priority back to HDD first and CD-ROM second, saved to CMOS, and at next startup choose boot device from F12 list. GRUB boot loader was installed successfully.
Maybe it's because I have "legacy" PC Desktop and Laptop at home, but with these two other devices I have (and which do not have an extra boot source choose at system startup), I can proceed by changing bios boot priority from HDD to CD/DVD, install ubuntu, reboot, and change back boot priority from CD/DVD to HDD.


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