Re: debian-sarge grub install - SOLUTION
i finally fixed this after much sweat and toil.
i would perhaps classify this as a bug in the installer. again, it
worked fine on my other machine just not this one. although i wouldn't
consider this machine to be an extreme case as other distros i had on
before debian worked with no problems.
anyway, for whatever reason any attempt at installing grub was not
working. it would still come up with GRUB GRUB looping infinitely on the
screen. it wasn't installing correctly in the mbr and having trouble
/dev/hda1 none (120GB)
/dev/hdd1 /backup (80GB)
/dev/hdb1 /home (120GB)
drive setup for hda from fdisk was as follows:
Disk /dev/hda: 120.0 GB, 120034123776 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 14593 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 1 146 1172713+ 82 Linux swap
/dev/hda2 * 147 14593 116045527+ 83 Linux
i tried grub-install and setup from grub with their various combinations
all to no avail. finally the following worked:
install /boot/grub/stage1 d (hd0,1)/boot/grub/stage2 p
anyway, i have also posted complete text of what i tried and failed on
again, i don't know if this is a bug in the installer. either way, the
above worked when nothing else would.
now to just throw out that boot disk :).
thanks heaps to all those that helped - it made me dig further.