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Old 01-12-2006, 01:48 PM   #1
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GRUB does not boot - blank screen - BIOS issue?


Preface:

I had a working system with a single 80G SATA drive and a ARC-1120 RAID5 setup.

The problem was the 80G drive was configured using the E-IDE interface (or one of the old, crappy interfaces) and was getting about 3MB/s which was unacceptable. It was configured on /dev/hda1 and the ARC was configured on /dev/sda1.

No matter what I tried I could never get the SATA drive to use the ata_piix driver (for whatever reason)

This was running the 2.6.13 kernel and an older Areca driver.


Now:

I attempted to upgrade the kernel and the ARC driver to the latest version to see if that would help.

When I compiled the new kernel, and did a 'make install', I got a
message "'ata_piix' module could not be found. continuing.. "

When I tried to reboot on this kernel, it wouldn't even load a GRUB message.

When I mount the drive via 'linux rescue', fdisk -l shows me
/dev/sda1 through /dev/sda5, so the disk is showing up via the BIOS

- fsck'ing /dev/sda1

(no errors or problems)

- grub-install /dev/sda1

[hangs at grub]

- manual grub install:

device (hd0,0)
setup (hd0)
quit

[hangs at grub]

- I made a GRUB boot disk then tried to do a boot of any of the kernels, all give me:

Error 15: File not found.

for either /dev/hda1 or /dev/sda1.

I suspect it's some kind of interaction with the BIOS and some kind of conflict between the BIOS saying /dev/hda1 and Linux wanting to use /dev/sda1. [this is a SuperMicro machine]

Does anyone have any experience with this, or know what I can try next? I'd at least like to try and get back to the point of booting on its own.
 
Old 01-12-2006, 11:42 PM   #2
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i'd go back to where you started and reinstall grub or lilo.

i dont' see how the bios would have anything to do with it, unless you messed with it.

sata and 64 bit os's are not getting along from what i hear.. use 32 bit os.

good luck.
 
Old 01-13-2006, 12:01 PM   #3
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Quote:
Originally Posted by halvy
i'd go back to where you started and reinstall grub or lilo.

i dont' see how the bios would have anything to do with it, unless you messed with it.

sata and 64 bit os's are not getting along from what i hear.. use 32 bit os.

good luck.
So you mean grab the source and do a complete compile/install? Doesn't running 'grub' at the command prompt and doing that manual thing "install" grub? Or is there something else I need to do?
 
Old 01-13-2006, 01:23 PM   #4
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no, i meant litteraly to go back to where you were, before all these problems occured.

then start over, avoiding the things that brought you to this point.

grubconf is one program that you can use to install grub... but when you do a 'fresh install' grub will (normally) do the work for you.

sometimes lilo is a better choice when you have a strange windows layout.

but it sounds like you somehow trashed your partitians (which shouldn't really be bios realated.. again, unless you changed bios settings). hence grub is not 'finding' anything to install as bootable.

you may be able to 'revive' the partians with parted, or cfdisk, or other utilities, by just resetting the original geometries-- but you are walking in dark territory then.

* NOTE: if you have important data on there (that was not backed up properly just prior to your working on this project) then you will need to find it somehow hopeuflly-- and back it up before you start trying to 'revive' or rearaigned any further.

programs like gtkrecover (which is mostly for deleted files) might help.

i'd suggest using a separate hd (which is not involved with this project) where you can install a decent copy of a linux/utility of your choice, so you can manipulate the other hd's in a more comfortable (and faster) environment, than a livecd/dvd one.

knoppix disks don't have grubconfig (the older versions anyway)...but other decent livecd rescue disk, or newer knoppix disk may.

i don't see any need to compile anything at this point... just use the kernels you had before you started changing your initial system.

let us know..

Last edited by halvy; 01-14-2006 at 05:16 PM.
 
Old 01-14-2006, 11:45 AM   #5
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The problem is, I can't GET back to where I started unfortunately. I'm afraid re-installing might be my only course of action, but I'll try some of the things you suggested..
 
  


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