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Bug#385782: Etch testing: Grub installation failure

Package: installation-reports

Boot method: network i386
Image version: debian.de
Date: 1. Aug. 2006

Machine: Dell Precision 650
Processor: dual XEON P4 2 GHZ
Memory: 1536 MB

IDE Disk 0 Extended Partition NTFS 
SCSI Controller 0, Disk 0, Partitions: 2 / WinXP Boot, debian root
SCSI Controller 0, Disk 1, Partitions: 2 / WinXP Data, debian swap
SCSI Controller 0, Disk 2, Partitions: 2 / WinXP Swap, debian Home 

Output of lspci and lspci -n:

Base System Installation Checklist:
[O] = OK, [E] = Error (please elaborate below), [ ] = didn't try it

Initial boot worked:    [O]
Configure network HW:   [O]
Config network:         [O]
Detect CD:              [O]
Load installer modules: [O]
Detect hard drives:     [O]
Partition hard drives:  [O]
Create file systems:    [O]
Mount partitions:       [O]
Install base system:    [O]
Install boot loader:    [O]
Reboot:                 [E]

After recovering from the shock (my windows installation required for 
work didn't start as well, I started investigating what happened.
My system was configured to boot from SCSI first, but GRUB was installed
to the IDE drive, so the BIOS booted into the Boot record of the SCSI
drive and couldn't find a startable partition anymore.
Why does GRUB remove the stored information from the SCSI drives boot
record but install to the IDE drive?
Or did it just remove the startable flag from the windows partition?

Finally got the system booting again by setting IDE drive to boot first.

Still I have to finish debian installation as booting into
gnome desktop will leave me up with a black screen.
... Matrox Parhelia...

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