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Old 11-22-2010, 11:59 AM   #1
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GRUB issues on Acer AO751h


I had Fedora 12 installed on my Acer Aspire One AO751h netbook, and aside of course from the Intel GMA 500 problems it worked fairly well (until a hard shutdown caused X.org to no longer start... but oh well). But now I'm trying to set up Debian Squeeze on this machine. I installed it just fine, but it won't boot now.

First GRUB (standard Debian testing version 1.98+20100804-8) was freezing at "Welcome to GRUB!". So through Google I stumbled upon this Debian bug report that says that GRUB 1.98+20100702-1 introduced a bug for certain computers, including the AO751h. Two solutions were offered:
  1. Uncomment "GRUB_TERMINAL=console" in /etc/default/grub and run update-grub.
  2. Install grub-pc and grub-common 1.98+20100617-1 snapshots.
I tried both (I'm booting into my root volume using "Recovery Mode" on the installation media), and they both get GRUB to load. But now I'm simply dropped to a "grub> " prompt (of course this makes sense for the first option). I can use the "root" command to set the filesystem root to my logical volume, but I can't get a kernel loaded (I get "file not found" errors). Moreover, I'd much rather have the traditional graphical menu of OSes, kernels, and options as specified in /boot/grub/grub.cfg.

Does anyone know of anything I can try to get the graphical menu working and/or simply boot into Debian? I should probably mention that Windows XP is installed before Debian on the hard disk, though that shouldn't matter (especially considering I had Fedora set up that way as well). If any configuration files or command outputs would help, I can easily post those either inline or as attachments. And in the meantime, I'll try older versions of GRUB (I know the Fedora 12 loader worked), but that's probably not a good long-term solution.
 
Old 11-22-2010, 12:16 PM   #2
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I have both a Debian Documentation link and a Grub 2 link in my signature that may be helpful to you.
 
Old 11-25-2010, 01:40 AM   #3
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If grub2 has a bug for your system you might be able to install grub, if you can log into fail-safe. It shows in my system that it's available for debian squeeze. Also you might check into booting from live-cd.
 
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Old 11-25-2010, 02:12 AM   #4
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where is your boot partition? do you use LVM?
 
Old 11-25-2010, 01:59 PM   #5
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where is your boot partition? do you use LVM?
I use LVM for my / and /home filesystems and for swap, but GRUB is installed on a physical partition with ext3.

I figured out what the problem was. Somewhere along the line, it seems dpkg deleted my kernel and initrd, so even with a working version of GRUB 2, I was being dropped to a command line. I restored those files (I had used rsync on SystemRescueCd to backup all of my files after installation), and now grub-pc 1.98+20100617-1 (the one recommended by Steve McIntyre in the bug report to which I linked) is working fine.

Thanks for the replies, everyone.
 
  


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