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Re: GRUB -- hangs on boot

will trillich <will@serensoft.com> writes:

> any reason why grub would hang on startup? i see "GRUB" after
> the bios stuff, and then... nothing.

Can you type at this point? Maybe what you are seeing is the GRUB shell
prompt. Try things like "help" to get a help. 
> a friend suggested trying windo~1 fdisk to make it a fat32
> drive, wiping previous linux stuff off, then retrynig with a new
> linux (ext3) partition scheme. i tried that (i think) and still,
> hang on boot after seeing "GRUB".

Did you read the GRUB manual? :-)
> is there a trick i missed in writing the boot sectors? (lilo
> worked on the machine in the past...)

The trick is to have a working /boot/grub/menu.lst 
(or /boot/boot/grub/menu.lst in case that /boot is an extra partition).
Usually you have to do the following steps:
1. RTFM :-)
2. install grub using grub-install as it is described in the manual
3. run update-grub to create a basic menu.lst
4. Edit that menu.lst to let update-grub know about your partitions
5. run update-grub again
6. Reboot the system and you should get a boot menu and also the
   ability to use the grub shell

Hope that helps
Rainer König, Diplom-Informatiker (FH), Augsburg, Germany

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