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Old 12-08-2006, 03:14 AM   #1
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Exclamation Fedora Core 6 grub error

Hello all,
Yesterday, I installed Fedora Core 6 into my system. I have two hard disks. I installed fedora into the last portion of second disk (hdb9). But after reboot, i am unable to get the boot screen. The only display is:

I am unable to type anything either. I tried booting from dvd into rescue mode and giving a grub-install /dev/hda. But it failed giving an error: /dev/hda9 doesn't have a bios drive
I also tried with grub-install /dev/hdb but it too failed giving me the same error. Could anyone please help me?
Old 12-08-2006, 06:31 AM   #2
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Have a look at the Gentoo Grub install page this may help you setup grub correctly. Use a live distro to get a usable system and mount the partition with the /boot/grub directory. The file /boot/grub/grub.conf is the grub menu file you may have to edit this. Then install grub manually. Good Luck.
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If it's an old system there was a bios problem getting to the last part of the disc, can't remember the details, but it may be your problem.
Old 12-08-2006, 04:59 PM   #4
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I have got this problem too.
Old 01-14-2007, 09:39 AM   #5
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I had the same problem installing FC6 to a 160GB hard drive.
I solved the problem by specifying the hard drive geometry when doing a reinstallation, i.e. when the installation DVD boots enter the command

linux i686 /dev/hdc=19457,255,63

to begin the installation.

I got the hard drive info by using the installation DVD to boot into rescue mode, then running the command

# fdisk -l hdc

Disk /dev/hdc: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/tracks, 19457 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hdc1 * 1 7649 61440561 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hdc2 7650 19304 93618787+ 83 Linux
/dev/hdc3 19305 19457 1228972+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris

Note, FC4 previously installed no problem (without the additional linux arguments) to the same HD.


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