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Old 10-22-2004, 10:45 AM   #1
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windows stole my partiton :(

Okay, this could get a bit long winded but please bear with me.

The story so far....
I have an asus a7v333 motherboard with a pdc20276 raid controller on it. Attached to the board ide ports i have a dvd drive (hdd) a cd burner (hda) a 120G drive, storage only (hdc) and my linux drive 120G (hdb). Now on the raid i have two 80G drives, one is a windows drive containg windows 2000 SP4 and the other is an ext3 storage drive. So i have been struggling to get the windows drive to boot from the raid which used to be easy but now is difficult (no idea why) and in the end decided that since linux was quite happy using the raid drives i would just stick the 120G storage (hdc) in the raid and put the windows drive in its place. Now this worked great when i did it and allowed me to boot windows by switching in the bios. Grub however (my bootloader of choice) would have nothing of it. So i booted into windows had a fiddle with the program i had wanted to use for a few hours and then wanted to boot back into linux. So i tried that only to be greeted with error message 17 in grub telling me it couldnt find stage 1.5 (i think that was what it couldnt find). so i figured that windows had done something to my mbr without asking (thanks bill) and booted using the debian disk and the rescbf24 kernel. That all went well, and i tried to reinstall grub, unfortunatly this did not work and i was greeted with a bunch of ioctl messages when it was probing the bios. it then refused to install on the mbr because it siad that it could not find stage1. fair enough, after fighting with that fir a while i gave up and installed lilo which has done the job and is allowing me to boot. so heres the question and part i need help with, i remember when i first setup the computer that the swap and root partition had ?designations? (not shure of the right term here) of 0x82 and 0x83 (might be other way round). well while in grub i noticed that those numbers are now 0x92 and 0x93 and grub cannot recognize the partition. im fairly shure if i could make those numbers right grub would behave. any help would be most appreciated.

Old 10-22-2004, 12:57 PM   #2
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Hopefully someone who is more savvy than me will come along and give you a proper answer, but I just wondered if you had tried reinstalling Grub from your running system? Installing Grub from a recovery disk is a bit problematic in that the defult values which the installer guesses at are all wrong.

Could you post some actual output from the grub-install command, as well as the command line you are using, and the output of 'mount' - just to help me get my head around your drive configuration.

Grub is a more complex install than lilo as it is too big for the MBR and consequently does funky stuff to bootstrap itself off the stage files stored on the disk.
When you moved the drive you moved the stage files, so a reinstall of grub was inevitable. :-(

That's about the sum total of my grub knowledge.



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