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Old 10-30-2007, 12:36 AM   #1
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Having problem with Unbuntu 6.06 booting

Hi this is my first post and omg i need help i decided to try Linux out the other day and i tryed the live CD of Unbuntu 6.06 and really liked it so decided to switch as i can run it on one pc while having the other using Xp.

System Specs

3700+ AMD 64
1GB Corsair RAM
DFI Motherboard can get the model nam if needed
2x 76GB Sata Raptor Drives

Anyway timeline of what i have done.

Xp was on the system everything was backed up on another pc so i launched the Live CD of Unbuntu 7.10 and went to install it all went though fine no problems i then restarted took the disk out booted from hardisk and got

GRUB GRUB Stage 1.5
GRUB something like failed to load Error 2

Now at this point i had installed it while the drives where in RAID-0 set up so i thought ok maybe thats the problem.

So i brought up my array and mirrored them instead which then wiped the drives of everything so i thought gdgd fresh start.

So i put Unbuntu 7.10 in again and when i selected install from the list i just got to busybox and it just stopped there and i had no idea what to do.

Next i put the Unbuntu 6.06 disc in thought i would give that ago now i went thought the install again no problems and this is where i am when i reboot i get.

GRUB GRUB Stage 1.5

then it just hangs there.

So i tryed going into Unbuntu 6.06 again via live cd and tryed something i read on this forum which in a nut shell was to go into the install and select the partion manually and have ( / /swap /boot) but not to format them all i got then was a msg saying you alrdy have a mount point to the patition.

Anyway i am a complete noob with linux and i am not really sure what to do would like any help anyone can give

thanks in advance.

Last edited by Vapo; 10-30-2007 at 12:55 AM. Reason: wrong version number on 7.04 was 7.10
Old 10-30-2007, 01:26 AM   #2
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GRUB something like failed to load Error 2
"something like" - we need you to be sure - check!
Grub Error 2 : "Selected disk doesn't exist"
This error is returned if the device part of a device- or full filename refers to a disk or BIOS device that is not present or not recognized by the BIOS in the system.
Presumably the drive partitioned OK... oh well, that was 6.06, you tried 7.10 (32bit?)

Your RAID0 is very likely causing problems - for a start, GRUB doesn't support RAID, and you have to put /boot in a non-raided partition. This is supported by the error message (if it's really error 2)... it cannot find the drive because it's a RAID volume.

If this is on-board (fake) RAID - you don't want it anyway. Disable it in BIOS, then there will be just two HDDs for you. If you use manual partitioning, you can create a small /boot partition (if you have an old drive sitting someplace, use that. Then software-RAID the remaining. (Linux software RAID outperforms fake HW RAID anyway.)

If you are using RAID0 for the speed - then don't use RAID at all. instead, put a swap partition on both drives - put /home on one and root on the other. You can select more ambition schemes to share out the space more effectively, and you don't lose all your data when just one drive goes bang (like you do with RAID-0).

If you just want a huge single drive effect, try out LVM. Microscopically slower than RAID, but more robust and allows dynamic resizing of partitions.
Old 10-30-2007, 01:49 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by Simon Bridge View Post
"something like" - we need you to be sure - check!
It is difficult to check excally what it said when your never seen the msg before as your new to linux and you only seen it the once and your not getting the error msg anymore.

i work as a web designer and i understand the importance of putting excally what the error msg was if i had this information i would have stated it.

Anyway thanks for the post but i have fixed the problem now before i came back to check this msg had been posted.

For anyone else who reads this the problem was for me anyway i had a issue with the Bios detecting the drives anyway i swapped the SATA cable and away i went so just one of those things that the cable went faulty as i tryed Linux however i most likey did it when i was fixed another hardware problem yesterday.

Oh and also the Raid was switched off after i tryed the first install as i knew from reading forum posts that Linux did not support it.


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