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Old 10-07-2003, 07:14 PM   #1
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GRUB: very strange problem


i have recently installed redhat 9 on a friends computer. he has 2 harddrives, hdc which is his windpws partition and hdd, his redhat. i partitioned hdd into 3:
hdd1 - boot sector grub is installed here
hdd2 - swap
hdd3 - main disk, eerything else is installed here

grub is installed, i have set the bios to boot from ide1 (his linux partition hdd1). when it comes to booting however, although there is a boot record detected, grub does not load properly. all keyboard input is stopped, there is not propmt to type anything in, the only indication that anything has happened is the single word "GRUB" at the bottom of the screen, after that, nothing happens and we have to force reboot

any idea / known issues with grub that cause such a problem??

thanks in advance
 
Old 10-08-2003, 03:18 PM   #2
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How did you install grub? During the initial installation of RH or afterwards. Take a look at the grub info page (via "info grub"). It sounds like you may not be getting beyond stage1 and may need to reinstall it. The info page gives instructions on how to do that using either the script "grub-install" or doing it manually.

Good Luck!

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Old 10-08-2003, 03:31 PM   #3
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Whenever i tried using grub it just said grub with a blinking _ beside it. I switched to lilo and it works fine.
 
Old 10-08-2003, 09:53 PM   #4
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i installed it during installation
 
Old 10-09-2003, 12:13 AM   #5
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I've been using grub rather than lilo for as long as it's been an option with RH and I've never had a problem (that wasn't self-induced). I have, on the other hand, had problems with lilo.

Do you have a /boot partition? If so, is it the first partition on the drive? How large is the drive? Have you moved drives around since installing? What does /boot/grub/grub.conf look like?

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Old 10-09-2003, 12:16 AM   #6
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I've been using grub rather than lilo for as long as it's been an option with RH and I've never had a problem (that wasn't self-induced). I have, on the other hand, had problems with lilo.

During the RH install, did you tell RH to install grub in the MBR or the boot sector for the partition? On which drive? How about a look at your grub.conf?

Greg
 
Old 10-09-2003, 12:17 AM   #7
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Please disregard post #5. I had a brain cramp and didn't think I had even posted it....
 
Old 10-12-2003, 03:34 AM   #8
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the drive is 40GB, /boot is the first partition on the drive, it is 512 megs large, i installed on teh first sector of the linux drive (/boot) on the linux hdd

i dont have grub.conf here, but when i next goto my friends house i will get a copy.

grub now works, however it does not boot windows correctly, still working on it
 
  


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