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Old 11-19-2004, 04:03 PM   #1
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Grub on Proliant 1600

I am trying to put Gentoo Linux on two different machines: one is a Compaq Proliant 1600 and the other is a 5500. They both have a Compaq SmartArray 3200 controller. The 5500 previously had Fedora Core 2 on it with no problems whatsoever, the 1600 is a fresh convert from MS-ism. They both have Gentoo built happily upon themselves, but, alas, grub has been giving me no end of problems

Installing grub to the MBR has been fine for both machines, but I am unable to acheive success when I reboot. After doing all of the BIOS POST messages and initializing the SCSI devices, rather than bringing up my grub.conf menu choices, I instead get "bugs."

On the 5500, which previously had Fedora Core 2, I still get the menu choices from FC2, although there is no copy of the grub.conf file that I can fnid anywhere from that. I have my grub.conf and I install grub, and get no errors. I thought, at first, that perhaps grub was not actually installing correctly. However, read on for the next plot twist:

On the 1600, which had MS Windows Server 2000 on it in its former life, I installed Gentoo with no problems, built grub, and executed. After installing it happily so that I received no errors, I rebooted the machine, anxious to see if there was any bootloader, due to my errors on the 5500. Grub did come up, however, it could not locate a grub.conf, and I, alas, was left at the grub command-line interface. I can boot from that with no problem, it is just cumbersome.

Is there any special guidance that I ought to know about? The short is that grub installs, but I don't seem to know the correct location wherein to place the grub.conf file. It is in /boot/grub/grub.conf right now, which is where I have had it on all past systems with no problems, but now it does not seem to work. Thanks, everyone!
Old 11-19-2004, 05:37 PM   #2
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On the 1600, create a link called menu.lst pointing to grub.conf:
ln -s grub.conf /boot/grub/menu.lst

On the 5500:
Fedora sometimes creates a separate partition for /boot. I'm wondering if that partition is still sitting around somewhere and maybe you've forgotten about it? If you go to the grub prompt and say:
grub> root
Does it say what you expect it to say? (It should tell you the partition where it expects to find /boot/grub/*) If not, you'll need to redo grub-install, pointing it at the right partition.

The grub manual is very helpful:



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