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Old 11-26-2004, 02:56 PM   #1
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Boot problem Grub Loading Stage 2

I attempted in install of Fedora 3 today. After I install when I rebooted, the computer rebooted abuot three times and then I get the message "Grub Loading Stage 2.." and the computer is locked up.

I have a duel boot with XP.

Help. What do I due now!

Thanks in advance.


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Old 11-26-2004, 04:31 PM   #2
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this may help
Old 11-26-2004, 04:34 PM   #3
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If you have either a Win XP or a FC3 rescue CD, you are in no trouble at all

Just put in the FC3 CD (presuming you have one) and follow the instructions. This will get you into single mode (text console).

Once there type :

grub or /sbin/grub and this will get you into your grb console (example: grub>)

Once in there, type:

root (hd0,1)
--> where hd0 is your primary harddisk, presuming you have your boot partition on your primary harddisk, if you have a boot partition, else use the / partition. The 1 is used to identify your boot partition if you have one, else use the / partition. Keep in mind that partitions start with 0, so presuming Win XP is on hd0,0 = C One more thing. As other shells, this one supports auto completion using the TAB key, so use it, to see what options the commands use, and also to see what partitions and harddisks you have.

you can see your partition table using fdisk -l
try to identify your boot partition if you have one, else use the / partition.

The output of root (hd0,1) will be a description of the filesystem it has selected.

Now run

setup(hd0), presuming this is where you want to install grub. This will install it to the MBR, thus giving you the GRUB boot loader.

This will output some lines, which you check for errors. there shouldn't be any.

Now you're done. Type quit, to get out of grub shell, and reboot, using the command reboot.

Now you should see the GRUB bootloader, from wheere you can select what OS you want to start.

Ok presuming you don't have a FC3 rescue disk. No problem, as long as you have your XP CD. Put it in and start the recovery console of it. Once there, you will be prompted for the administrators password. You will be dropped into console mode, similar to linux, just a C:>

Here execute the command fixmbr, which will wipe out GRUB from the MBR, thus giving you free way to your Win XP, without showing you that Linux is still on your computer. Once in Win XP, download the FC3 rescue CD and burn it, and then follow the upper instructions.

Good luck!

Just a description of the error you are having:

Grub is installed on your computer, as you can see Grub Loading stage 2....

However it seems it cannot find it's files. Maybe you changed something to alter the partition table, in which case, this usually happens. Think what did you do, to not do it again next time.
Old 06-05-2006, 10:19 AM   #4
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Hi Guys,

I am having a similar problem with a computer of mine that is a dual boot with windows 2000 server. I have a slightly different config though.

Windows is installed on the primary master (/dev/hda1) and Linux is installed on /dev/sda as follows;

/dev/sda1 = /boot
/dev/sda2 = /swap
/dev/sda3 = /
And Grub is installed at hd0, 0

Everything was working fine for a while. Then I had a problem with the machine not booting from the hard drive, a BIOS upgrade sorted this out. After that though it would hang at GRUB loading stage2. So I upgraded FC3 to FC5 thinking it would correct any bootloader issues. No dice. I then re-installed Windows by deleting the partition on the primary master on IDE 0 (/dev/hda1). When the system came up it booted into windows no problem. Then I install FC5 to the scsi drive and reboot and the system hangs at GRUB loading stage2 again. What gets broken? Any pointers? thanks!
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Thanks a lot. It solved a problem of booting of mine today with HP Proliant DL380 G5 server having the same problem.
Old 12-29-2007, 11:17 AM   #6
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Experiencing similar problem


I would like your help in the following issue:
After fresh installing Fedora Core 8 on my AMD powered machine with 2 SATA Maxtor drives, I encounter the same problem: Install seems to go ok, but upon first reboot grub hangs at Loading Stage2...

I selected default layout during installation, which resulted in the layout below:

Device Start End Size Type Mount Point
VG VolGroup00 156032M VolGroup
LV LogVol00 154048M ext3 /
LV LogVol01 1984M swap
sda1 1 25 196M ext3 /boot
sda2 26 9964 77963M physical v
sdb1 1 9964 78159M physical v

When opted to select where to install the bootloader, I selected MBR

Install continued without visible problems or errors.
On reboot the message GRUB Loading Stage2... appears and the system does not continue the boot procedure.

I then tried the following as per a previous reply in this post:

1. reboot and selected rescue option on DVD boot menu
2. grub
3. root (hd0,0)
4. setup (hd0)

No errors reported.

After reboot Grub hangs at: Grub Loading stage1.5.
So I managed to go a pace back instead of forward...

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards

Last edited by Hectic_King; 12-29-2007 at 11:20 AM.


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