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Old 06-25-2010, 05:01 PM   #1
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Grub failure on EeePC Eeebuntu

Hey everyone. I recently got my EEEPC and wanted to get linux on it. So I did some looking around and this Eeebuntu seems to be the best fit. I'm having some issues here though. I poked around on the Ubuntu site (because I have limited experience there) and googled and searched this forum. I found several solutions but none worked.

Ilimited my swap to 1 gig, I created a home partition and a 10gb "/" partition I tried super grub and came back to the error 15 not so lucky grub boot i have dont largest continous install. Manual install and an install side by side.... I swallowed 3 screams and the urge to chuck this pretty little netbook but the ubuntu on my dell laptop has renewed my hope... somewhat.

As of right now I'm booting from a live cd in an external DVD drive. I will note that my installs get to 94% or so before the fatal grub error and super grub in its cd form can boot it but super grub boot through uboot cannot. nor can it install or fix grub.

So here is where we stand my current FDisk
eb4@eb4:~$ sudo fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xc0bf6260

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 9407 75561696 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 9408 18813 75553695 5 Extended
/dev/sda3 18814 19451 5124735 c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
/dev/sda4 19452 19457 48195 ef EFI (FAT-12/16/32)
/dev/sda5 9408 9520 907641 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda6 9521 10789 10193211 83 Linux
/dev/sda7 10790 18480 61777926 83 Linux
/dev/sda8 18481 18813 2674791 82 Linux swap / Solaris
and here is the error
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/usr/lib/ubiquity/bin/ubiquity", line 457, in <module>
File "/usr/lib/ubiquity/bin/ubiquity", line 442, in main
install(args[0], query=options.query)
File "/usr/lib/ubiquity/bin/ubiquity", line 245, in install
ret =
File "/usr/lib/ubiquity/ubiquity/frontend/", line 465, in run
File "/usr/lib/ubiquity/ubiquity/frontend/", line 975, in progress_loop
(ret, realtb))
RuntimeError: Install failed with exit code 1
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "/usr/share/ubiquity/", line 2453, in <module>
File "/usr/share/ubiquity/", line 459, in run
File "/usr/share/ubiquity/", line 1810, in configure_bootloader
"GrubInstaller failed with code %d" % ret)
InstallStepError: GrubInstaller failed with code 1
a final note the drive on here was originally partitioned into 1 75gb with xp 1 75gb empty and 5gb or something with the recovery area. And if it is not clear yet I am attempting to dual boot the two. Any and all help will be appreciated
Old 06-25-2010, 06:37 PM   #2
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Wink You can google EEEUbuntu Ubiquity Grub Error

I don't run any Ubuntus on my EEEPC 900. (you never stated what model EEEpc you have, There are tons of different models. None are the same internally also.)

So this is what google gave me

They are basically stating you need to hit the advanced tab during grub install and point grub to sda instead of hda. Read the threads

Edit: If it was me. I would delete all Linux Partitions and start from scratch with a new reinstall. I think though you should be able to reinstall grub using the Live run of EEEubuntu though. But not sure how with Grub 2 though.

Happy Trails and Good Luck with it, Rok

Last edited by rokytnji; 06-25-2010 at 06:49 PM.


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