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Old 09-28-2005, 11:30 AM   #16
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Distribution: Debian Sarge, Etch. FC1,2,3,4,5. Slackware 10.0. Gentoo. Kubuntu.
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Hi. The problem I found in installing FC3 on a drive that had XP on it, was having to install it twice. XP is first on the drive, and FC1 is on it as well. The first install of FC3 refused to install GRUB in the MBR. Next time round GRUB installed ok. Mandrake 10.0 had been on the partitions that I've put FC3 on, and it's GRUB was in the MBR. Can't remember if there were problems with GRUB when I installed Mandrake 10.0. The "hiddenmenu" line thats now appeared in grub.conf, and uncommented as default is a bit of a nuisance. A lot of folks are at least dualbooting and need a menu. There is a button to access the menu on the GRUB screen, but the time-out is so short that it's easy to miss it, unless you're running in Bionic Man mode. It would have made more sense to comment the "hiddenmenu" line out and added some comments to the grub.conf if you wanted to use the option. Incidentally. I had problems with KDE's kicker crashing everytime I logged out. This was after doing about 800MB of updates, including KDE being updated to version 3.4.2-0.fc3.3 . So. I thought I'd reinstall FC3, but again I had to do the install twice before GRUB turned up in the MBR. All a bit weird. Thankfully this is FC3 and not Gentoo, and the reinstall don't take too long. Thankfully I'm now saving the /var/cache/apt/archives with all the updates to another drive, so updating the system isn't a big deal. Right. FC3 is merrilly doing it's thing, with me logging out and back in to check that kicker isn't crashing again. Then Ksim shows 100% cpu. A bad sign this, as after I'd let it run to conclusion on the first install of FC3, kicker started to crash on logout. Ran ps auxw which showed cron daily doing a prelink job, and also another process running using 50+% cpu. The command in ps auxw was /lib/ and this is progressively working it's way through files in /usr/bin . When I first caught it, it was at /usr/bin/kaddressbook. Now it's up to /usr/bin/kate. I somehow think when it gets up to kicker, that's going to start crashing when I logout. I saw on the KDE mailing list, queries about this kicker crash, and it's supposed to be fixed in later versions of KDE (later than 3.4.2-2) . This is no big deal, as it's no problem to close a crash panel to logout, and I presume that is going to be fixed. I'd just be interested if anyone else has noticed this and their comments. Nigel. aka farpoint.

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Old 11-24-2007, 10:52 AM   #17
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i had the exact same probleme, but a different cause and solution

I had the grub loading stage 1.5 Read Error, but in my case, it was because the hardrive was alone on the secondary ide, while no drive were present on the primary. So according to my bios it was hda(2,0) but according to grub it was hda(0,0) so it wasn't able to read.

Plugging everything in the primary ide did fix my problem.


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