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Old 06-23-2005, 04:22 PM   #1
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grub "drive geom error" (unusual)

Hello folks,

I have a problem with Grub and a drive geom error, I can't resolve myself (usually grub does not cause trouble). I'm not a total newbie, but still quite new, so please be patient, if I did not see something obvious. I googled for the problem, but even though I got loads of tips how to resolve the problem...non was appropriate.

First my system setup (wich is very special and it took me quite some time to work it out, and, yes, its totally neccessary...if you know it's not, I'm happy about every suggestion:

Compaq Proliant 1600r
Dual P3-450


/dev/sda1 /boot ext3 ##Onboard SCSI Controller No1
/dev/ida/disc0/part4 / ext3 ##Compaq SmartArray 221 RAID
/dev/ida/disc0/part2 swap swap
/dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom iso9660 ##internal crippled IDE
/dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto
/dev/hda1 /mnt/files1 ext3 ##external SIL680 IDE Controller (RAID, but not used)
/dev/sda2 /mnt/sda2 ext3

The way I boot:

The 1600r is very picky when it comes to IDE and you have to fool the BIOS (at least I think), the following way:

Floppy boots Grub
Grub takes its config from /dev/sda1 and boots the kernel from there.
The kernel starts the System on /dev/ida/disc0/part4
/dev/hda1 just holds files and is mounted via fstab
All works like a charm (well ok, its a strange one but still a charm)

NOW, if I put in a second IDE disc, grub quits with the "drive geom error". Doesnt matter if I put them both on same IDE-bus or one HD each, both drives single boot fine, both drives toghether work on a different System.

Any help, ideas, thoughts highly appreciated. Thank you
Old 07-10-2005, 06:57 PM   #2
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It would really help me to get an answer why nobody is answering

Just no idea?
Wrong Forum?
Dumb question?

Any idea where to get help? This issue is quite important for me (as Lilo also quits with an 0x07 Error)


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