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Old 11-20-2006, 12:49 PM   #1
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after Fedora Core 6 install - GRUB File Error 15

After running what seems to be successful install of FC6 I reboot. GRUB loads. But when I hit enter to select the default... I get a File not found message - File Error 15. Doesn't seem to be able to find where the install put the kernel.

How do I begin to troubleshoot this? I have 160GB Maxtor drive. This is a D850GB Intel motherboard. I am choosing the option during setup to repartition the entire drive as FC6 chooses. Should I turn on LBA? or do I need to do something special to wipe the MBR (used to be a windows 2000 drive).

I have a copy of Knoppix if there is something I can do after the install to fix the issue. or to diagnose. Sorry if this is a real newb question. Any guidance would help.

Old 11-20-2006, 01:37 PM   #2
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Old 11-21-2006, 07:48 AM   #3
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Ok. So I could not figure out what was happening with the FC6. I tried several different ways of trying the install and none would get past GRUB file error 15. The last time I wiped the drive and let FC6 use the entire drive the install hangs at the installing boot loader screen.

I rebooted. Used a Knoppix CD. I could see that the installer is putting 99% of the OS files off of hdc1.
It is putting a grub and lost+found folder off of hdc2. And the grub.conf file was empty. This probably had something to do with hanging install on "loading boot loader". I have told the FC6 installer to put GRUB in the MBR. Is that what hdc2 is? I thought this just meant 2nd partition on hard drive c. FYI, this system has only one hard drive.

At this point I did decide to just confirm that the way I had the hard drive, motherboard, CPU, etc... configured was setup correctly.

So I had some old FC4 CDs thought I would give that a whirl. Blew up on the second CD with a pyGTK error.

Downloaded Ubuntu 6.10. I chose the option to let Ubuntu to decide how to partition up the drive. Installed like a charm.

So I guess my question now is what is the best way for me to extract the information about what Ubuntu did correctly? Should my next step be to try to install FC6 "next" to Ubuntu? OR I guess I could try one more install of FC6, let it partition the drive, and see if I can get past the hanging boot loader section. Reboot to knoppix and the examine the grub.conf and try to find the kernel, check the boot dir.

I'll post more info tomorrow.

Old 11-27-2006, 10:51 AM   #4
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Results so far.
-- Fedora Core 6 from DVD hangs during the "installing Boot Loader..." process. And it does this consistently every time I try to install now.
-- SUSE 10 from DVD seems to install ok. And I think it booted once with the DVD left in. But I then rebooted without the DVD and it hangs right after GRUB starts.
-- Ubuntu 6.10 install worked perfectly. And boots normally.

Right now I think I have the broken SUSE install on the machine. How should I diagnosis the problem I am running into? My end goal is to get FC6 on the machine.

Going back to my last post is there some way for me to extract the info about what Ubuntu is doing correctly?



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