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Old 07-17-2005, 07:47 AM   #1
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Installed FC4 on new SATA HD, trouble booting.

I've just installed Fedora Core 4 on a new 80gb SATA hard drive. The installation went without any problems, one thing I'm unsure about is the installer created an LVM (?) with swap etc, and installed /boot on /dev/sda. When booting up there's no grub, just a message saying "error loading operating system".
I have another hard drive (PATA) with FC2 installed, is it possible to configure grub on that hd to boot linux from the SATA drive?
When I boot FC2 I am unable to find any existence of the SATA drive, I think this might be because of FC2's lack of support for SATA.
When using the first CD, and using "linux rescue", i can access the SATA drive.

Any advice on how to boot from my new drive is much appreciated.
Old 08-08-2005, 09:29 AM   #2
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RE: FC4 on sata HD

Before I say anything, I just want to say that I'm fairly new to Linux on the whole, and anything I put out there should be used at your own risk!

I'm currently running FC4 on a dual boot with XP Pro, only using SATA drives. When I installed FC4 I had some problems with Grub either not loading or loading to some sort of text-based/recovery mode and not being able to load Linux. From memory it was able to load XP at one stage, which is also on SATA, however this is kind of irrelevant.

Anyways, after trying to repair, and then reinstalling FC4 a few times, without a successful boot from Grub, I thought that using Logical Volume Management (LVM) might be the reason it couldn't boot Linux, as it seemed to complain about a location in the LVM partition. When I was setting up my FC4 install, I was basically trying to emulate the default setup; starting with a /boot partition of 100MB then adding a logical volume (smaller than the default, hence the custom partitioning) with my swap, and root partitions. I don't really understand what LVM does, and I'm not sure why it would prevent Linux from booting, as it had its /boot partition seperate from the LVM partition, but I think that this must have been the culprit. In the end, I tried a custom partition during a fresh install, without LVM, just the /boot on sdb1, / on sdb2 and a swap on sdb3. This setup booted first time into a full graphical version of GRUB and then flawlessly into FC4. I haven't had any sort of problems with FC4s partitions or boot since. I hope this helps!

P.S. If anyone has an explanation as to why this worked, or why LVM on SATA didn't work, I'm always willing to learn more!



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