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Old 09-01-2003, 08:31 PM   #1
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Grub/booting problems after partition move

I had RedHat 9 installed on a dual boot system along with Windows 2000.

I had installed some new hardware, managed to catch the w32.blaster virus, and Windows was generally giving me a hard time (Sometimes taking 40 minutes of reseting in order to get it to boot)

I borrowed a hard drive from a friend (I have to give it back) and proceeded to do a clean install of Windows on the new drive. Problems solved. I then started to rearrange my existing hard drive partitions to get my Linux installation on its own drive (And give it more space) and also to merge the pieces of my old Windows installation into a clean and bug-free version which would then go back onto its former HD.

Partition Magic allowed me to copy and move partitions to my heart's content. I moved my boot partition and root partition to the new Linux drive and also the swap partition.

As you can imagine, I'm now having problems. I've edited Grub to try to pick up on the new arrangement. I also deleted and re-created the swap space partition because at one time, Redhat said it couldn't find the partition.

Now my problem is that Grub hangs. Just as the Bios is done warming up and ready to pass off to Grub, Grub gets as far as saying "GRUB" (i.e. no stage 2) and then hangs.

Any suggestions?


Old 09-01-2003, 08:50 PM   #2
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Got any Linux "Live" CDs? We can't help much without knowing your partitioning info and looking at your /etc/fstab and /boot/grub/grub.conf files.

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Old 09-02-2003, 03:22 AM   #3
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Persuing another solution

After trying to fiddle with Grub for a while, I decided to do the tried-and-true "Nuke and Pave" solution.

I've gone ahead and created another partition and done a fresh RedHat install on that partition.

I think part of the problem was that the /boot partition was corrupted. I'm hoping that this will clear up some other problems I was having and since it was a fairly new installation, I don't have very much to migrate over to the new install. It'll also clear up a bunch of failed installations I created while I was first getting to know Linux.

Thanks for the effort.

Linux Live? Is that one of those CD-based Linux tryout distros?

Old 09-02-2003, 08:33 AM   #4
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CD-based Linux tryout distros are called Linux Live CDs.


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