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Bug#276244: Grub fails on install of Debian Testing

On Tue, Oct 12, 2004 at 11:32:45PM +0200, ketil vestby wrote:
> Hardware:
> - Four Western Digital Venturis P1,  100-133 Hz,
>  harddisks betwen 13 and 160 GiB (one harddisk on each),
>  64 MB RAM on each computer
> - One TCI 80486 dx2
>  one 80 GiB harddisk
>  32 MB RAM
>  **********
>  * GRUB Loading stage1.5.
>  *
>  * GRUB loading, please wait...
>  * Error 18
>  **********
> Suggested fix: Either replace GRUB with LiLO from the plain installer, 
> or fix the problem with GRUB and large harddisks.
> All computers are running Debian Testing perfectly if I use the old 
> installer from Woody, and keeps LiLO as bootloader when upgrading to 
> Testing. A quick Google using the keywords 'Grub "error 18"' gave me 547 
> different hits at the time of this report (okt. 12. 2004), so personally 
> I think this might be a serious problem with GRUB.

As there are many succesfull installs with GRUB,
I allow myself to say that the serious problem is GRUB with your hardware.

Suggested workaround:
Activate lilo before reboot.
Debian-Installer for i386 architecture has LILO included.
To trigger it, select <back> before the reboot.
You will see the main menu, select there LILO.

Geert Stappers

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