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Old 04-12-2008, 06:43 AM   #1
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Multiboot - installed Linux over Windows - now Linux won't boot - error 17

Hello forum,

I have a multiboot configuration with several Linux distros (including Mandriva) and one partition for WindowsXP.

I decided to use the Windows partition to install Gentoo 2007 and I'm fairly sure I have edited the menu.lst file correctly but Gentoo will not boot, it gives me an error 17 - can't mount selected partition.

I am using the Mandriva Grub bootloader to handle booting all of the partitions. All of the partitions boot up fine except for Gentoo, where Windows XP used to be.

I was wondering if the chainloader configuration that Mandriva automatically wrote to make Windows bootable is causing this problem since Gentoo does not need a chainloader. All I did to prepare the Windows partition for Gentoo was format it with ext3. I also commented out all entries for WindowsXP in the menu.lst file and added entries for Gentoo directly under it.

If this chainloader configuration is causing problems, is there a way to fix it?

Here is the Mandriva's menu.lst file. It is kind of messy due to commented out entries but it has worked fine in the past.


timeout 10
color black/cyan yellow/cyan
default 0

title Linux Mandriva 2007
kernel (hd0,4)/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.17-5mdv root=/dev/hda5  splash=silent vga=788
initrd (hd0,4)/boot/initrd-2.6.17-5mdv.img

#title Linux Mandriva 2007 -nonfb
#kernel (hd0,4)/boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda5 
#initrd (hd0,4)/boot/initrd.img

#title Linux Mandriva 2007 failsafe
#kernel (hd0,4)/boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda5  failsafe
#initrd (hd0,4)/boot/initrd.img

#title Microsoft WindowsXP service pack 2
#root (hd0,0)
#chainloader +1

title Gentoo Linux 2007
root (hd0,0)
kernel /boot/kernel-genkernel-x86-2.6.19-gentoo-r5  root=/dev/hda1
initrd /boot/initramfs-genkernel-x86-2.6.19-gentoo-r5

#title Slackware v12
#kernel (hd0,5)/boot/vmlinuz-huge-smp- root=/dev/hda6
#initrd (hd0,5)/boot/initrd.img-2.6.20-16-lowlatency

root# hda6, boot entry
title Slackware v12
root (hd0,5)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-generic-smp-  root=/dev/hda6 
initrd (hd0,5)/boot/initrd.gz

title Linux openSUSE version 10.2
kernel (hd0,6)/boot/vmlinuz-
initrd (hd0,6)/boot/initrd-

title Zenwalk 5
kernel (hd0,9)/boot/vmlinuz- root=/dev/sda10
initrd (hd0,9)/boot/initrd.splash

#title Sabayon version 3.4e
#kernel (hd0,7)/boot/kernel-genkernel-x86-2.6.22-sabayon
#module (hd0,7)/boot/initramfs-genkernel-x86-2.6.22-sabayon

title Linux Sabayon version 3.4e
root (hd0,7)
kernel /boot/kernel-genkernel-x86-2.6.22-sabayon  root=/dev/sda8
module /boot/initramfs-genkernel-x86-2.6.22-sabayon

title Linux Mint version 3.0
kernel (hd0,8)/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.20-15-generic  root=/dev/sda9
initrd (hd0,8)/boot/initrd.img-2.6.20-15-generic

*title PCLinuxOS 2007
*kernel (hd0,9)/boot/vmlinuz-  root=/dev/hda10
*initrd (hd0,9)/boot/initrd-

title GoblinX Premium 2008.1
root (hd0,10)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda11
initrd /boot/initrd

title Ubuntu Studio version 7.04
kernel (hd0,11)/boot/vmlinuz-2.6.20-15-generic  root=/dev/sda12
initrd (hd0,11)/boot/initrd.img-2.6.20-15-generic
Thanks in advance,

Last edited by rrrssssss; 04-12-2008 at 07:11 AM.
Old 04-12-2008, 09:06 AM   #2
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After a myriad of issues with booting, I started using supergrub. Hope this helps


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