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Old 07-02-2009, 12:59 PM   #16
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malchetzdek:

if so then obvious now the problem is local.

I have read in passing that grub has some reading limitations on drive size, I just forgot the ceiling figure, just try google it, i notice your post above that you have more than a thousand gigs, and maybe you should slice them in smaller chunks. (but i'm not sure here. i don't have time to recheck my opinion now, so just take it as a haphazard clue and pursue it by reading grub documentations.)

also, try enslave the other disk, so that bios will offer only one at a time but not with equal priority.

all the best hope. goodluck.

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Old 07-02-2009, 03:58 PM   #17
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Disks are SATA so no slaves here, also I've disconnected all other disks (HD and DVD) and am trying to install with USB stick now. Sadly still same problem... here is some more info:

I'm sure my grub isn't installed at all, tried

find /boot/grub/stage1

but no go... is there some other way of installing grub? Or forcing it?

Here is some boot info if it can help perhaps:


Code:
============================= Boot Info Summary: ==============================

 => Windows is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda
 => Syslinux is installed in the MBR of /dev/sdb

sda1: _________________________________________________________________________

    File system:       ntfs
    Boot sector type:  Windows Vista
    Boot sector info:  No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
    Operating System:  Windows Vista
    Boot files/dirs:   /bootmgr /Boot/BCD /Windows/System32/winload.exe

sda2: _________________________________________________________________________

    File system:       Extended Partition
    Boot sector type:  -
    Boot sector info:  

sda5: _________________________________________________________________________

    File system:       ntfs
    Boot sector type:  Windows Vista
    Boot sector info:  According to the info in the boot sector, sda5 starts 
                       at sector 63.
    Operating System:  
    Boot files/dirs:   

sda6: _________________________________________________________________________

    File system:       ntfs
    Boot sector type:  Windows Vista
    Boot sector info:  According to the info in the boot sector, sda6 starts 
                       at sector 63.
    Operating System:  
    Boot files/dirs:   

sda7: _________________________________________________________________________

    File system:       swap
    Boot sector type:  -
    Boot sector info:  

sda8: _________________________________________________________________________

    File system:       ext3
    Boot sector type:  -
    Boot sector info:  
    Operating System:  Ubuntu 9.04
    Boot files/dirs:   /etc/fstab

sdb1: _________________________________________________________________________

    File system:       vfat
    Boot sector type:  Fat32
    Boot sector info:  No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
    Operating System:  
    Boot files/dirs:   

=========================== Drive/Partition Info: =============================

Drive: sda ___________________ _____________________________________________________

Disk /dev/sda: 1500.3 GB, 1500301910016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 182401 cylinders, total 2930277168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x01940193

Partition  Boot         Start           End          Size  Id System

/dev/sda1    *             63   204,796,619   204,796,557   7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2         204,796,620 2,930,272,064 2,725,475,445   f W95 Ext d (LBA)
/dev/sda5         204,796,683 1,433,592,404 1,228,795,722   7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda6       1,433,592,468 2,704,975,995 1,271,383,528   7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda7       2,704,976,568 2,707,016,759     2,040,192  82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda8       2,707,016,823 2,930,272,064   223,255,242  83 Linux


Drive: sdb ___________________ _____________________________________________________

Disk /dev/sdb: 1999 MB, 1999568384 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 243 cylinders, total 3905407 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x000330b0

Partition  Boot         Start           End          Size  Id System

/dev/sdb1    *             63     3,905,406     3,905,344   b W95 FAT32


blkid -c /dev/null: ____________________________________________________________

/dev/loop0: TYPE="squashfs" 
/dev/sda1: UUID="8808F12108F10F46" TYPE="ntfs" 
/dev/sda5: UUID="74442E20442DE618" TYPE="ntfs" 
/dev/sda6: UUID="42285551285544D7" TYPE="ntfs" 
/dev/sda7: UUID="259fc2cb-ae67-4b88-91a9-706152e6cf62" TYPE="swap" 
/dev/sda8: UUID="0137c039-7903-42ab-8353-59d911d1ce98" TYPE="ext3" 
/dev/sdb1: LABEL="IPREP_V008" UUID="FA78-3824" TYPE="vfat" 

=============================== "mount" output: ===============================

proc on /proc type proc (rw)
sysfs on /sys type sysfs (rw)
tmpfs on /lib/modules/2.6.28-11-generic/volatile type tmpfs (rw,mode=0755)
tmpfs on /lib/modules/2.6.28-11-generic/volatile type tmpfs (rw,mode=0755)
tmpfs on /lib/init/rw type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,mode=0755)
varrun on /var/run type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,mode=0755)
varlock on /var/lock type tmpfs (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev,mode=1777)
udev on /dev type tmpfs (rw,mode=0755)
tmpfs on /dev/shm type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,nodev)
devpts on /dev/pts type devpts (rw,noexec,nosuid,gid=5,mode=620)
rootfs on / type rootfs (rw)
/dev/sdb1 on /cdrom type vfat (ro,noatime,fmask=0022,dmask=0022,codepage=cp437,iocharset=iso8859-1)
/dev/loop0 on /rofs type squashfs (ro,noatime)
fusectl on /sys/fs/fuse/connections type fusectl (rw)
tmpfs on /tmp type tmpfs (rw,nosuid,nodev)
binfmt_misc on /proc/sys/fs/binfmt_misc type binfmt_misc (rw,noexec,nosuid,nodev)
gvfs-fuse-daemon on /home/ubuntu/.gvfs type fuse.gvfs-fuse-daemon (rw,nosuid,nodev,user=ubuntu)
/dev/sda8 on /target type ext3 (rw,relatime,errors=remount-ro)
/proc on /target/proc type none (rw,bind)
/dev on /target/dev type none (rw,bind)


=============================== sda8/etc/fstab: ===============================

# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
#
# Use 'vol_id --uuid' to print the universally unique identifier for a
# device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name devices
# that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
#
# <file system> <mount point>   <type>  <options>       <dump>  <pass>
proc            /proc           proc    defaults        0       0
# / was on /dev/sda8 during installation
UUID=0137c039-7903-42ab-8353-59d911d1ce98 /               ext3    relatime,errors=remount-ro 0       1
# swap was on /dev/sda7 during installation
UUID=259fc2cb-ae67-4b88-91a9-706152e6cf62 none            swap    sw              0       0
/dev/sdb1       /media/cdrom0   udf,iso9660 user,noauto,exec,utf8 0       0

=================== sda8: Location of files loaded by Grub: ===================


1430.0GB: boot/grub/stage2
1430.0GB: boot/initrd.img-2.6.28-11-generic
1430.1GB: boot/vmlinuz-2.6.28-11-generic
1430.0GB: initrd.img
1430.1GB: vmlinuz
And here is a screen of my Gparted...

http://img41.imageshack.us/img41/1327/screenshotggf.png

Anything else you guys need?

Last edited by Melhisedek; 07-02-2009 at 04:05 PM.
 
Old 07-03-2009, 09:07 AM   #18
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Melhisedek View Post
I'm sure my grub isn't installed at all, tried

find /boot/grub/stage1

but no go... is there some other way of installing grub? Or forcing it?
I'm not so sure. Look here about mounting your root partition, proc subsystem and udev (it's in the quoted part):
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=224351

"Doing this allows grub to discover your drives." Then you have to chroot and run grub.

Quote:
And here is a screen of my Gparted...

http://img41.imageshack.us/img41/1327/screenshotggf.png

Anything else you guys need?
I'm not that familiar with Ubuntu, what is the /target about? It appeared in the log in your first post... if it isn't standard, could it have tripped Grub up?


Here are some threads I googled that you might find some things to try, seems you don't have much to lose since you're at the installation stage:

http://www.linuxforums.org/forum/ubu...correctly.html

http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Reinstalling_GRUB
Quote:
If you get an error that says The file /boot/grub/stage1 not read correctly, it probably means that your fstab/mtab is incorrect for some reason and needs to be fixed. These files are /etc/mtab and /etc/fstab. Edit them and make sure they point to the correct partitions, then rerun grub-install.
Perhaps this is related to /target.
I can't be of more help at the moment...
 
  


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