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Old 11-03-2003, 07:15 PM   #1
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Exclamation GRUB Error

On my system i have

Two harddisk (each 19gb)
PRIMARY Harddisk :Windows98
Secondary Harddisk: Red Hat 9.0
Memory:384 MB

Installation of Red Hat Linux 9.0 went fine without any error.

When i rebooted my system (which by now i have done many times),
it is giving me the following message and halts there

GRUB Loading Stage2.......

[Minimal BASH - Like line editing is supported.For the first word,TAB lists possible comman completions.Anywhere else TAB lists the possible completions of device/filename.]


However, i can boot to Linux by using my boot diskette.

Any ideas on this ........ why i am not getting the option window for choosing the OS?

Infact during installation i did choose DOS as my primary/default OS option.
Old 11-03-2003, 07:57 PM   #2
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If I were you I would edit your grub.conf file and reinstall grub. It is really good that you created a boot disk

This is what you'll need to do...

1. Boot from your boot disk into RH9.
2. Open a terminal and as root, type vi /etc/grub.conf
3. Check out what you have in the file. Do you have 1 or 2 different entries? You should have two, one for you Win98 /dev/hda1 most likely, and the second for your RH9 install /dev/hdb1 probably.
4. After you edit anything you need, type grub-install /dev/hda

Before you do this you'll need to know what your hard drives are set to, eg. Primary Master, Seconday Slave etc. Also how many partitions on each.

If your Win98 is set to Primary Master and it is installed to your first partition you should have an entry similar to....

/dev/hda1 pointing to your Win98 (DOS) boot.

Let me know how you go.

Old 11-03-2003, 10:18 PM   #3
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Hi Crag,

Thanks for the reply.

Well before I go ahead and take action as suggested by you, I wanted you to have a look at the contents of /boot/grub/grub.conf file

default = 1
timeout = 10

splashimage=(hd1,0) /grub/splash.xmp.gz
title Red Hat Linux (2.4.20-0)
root (hd1,0)
kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.20-0 ro root=LABEL=/ hdc=ide-scsi
initrd /initrd-2.4.20-0.img

title DOS
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
makeactive <------------this line was added later by me
chainloader +1


Contents of /boot/grub/ are

(fd0) /dev/fd0
(hd0) /dev/hda
(hd1) /dev/hdb

I have two seprate hard disk (19 GB each)

/dev/had----------------------has win98
/dev/hdb---------------------- Red Hat Linux 9

I have three partitions for Linux


Where should I run the command grub-install /dev/had

Thanks in advance
Old 11-03-2003, 11:12 PM   #4
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grub-install executable file should be in /sbin, otherwise use whereis grub-install to located it ...
not a clever sugs, huh


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