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Re: new Etch install fails to boot

On Sun, Jul 29, 2007 at 11:00:30PM -0400, Steve Kleene wrote:
> [I wrote that my fresh Etch install calls grub and then stops.]

On Sun, 29 Jul 2007 23:19:40 -0400, From: Douglas Allan Tutty replied:
> What happens if you reboot the installer in rescue mode and tell it to
> install grub again?

I don't know how to do this yet, but it sounds like it's worth looking into.
I'm hoping not to have to run the whole build again.

> Does the box have a floppy and do you have a grub-disk (I've never made
> a grub-stick)?  Will that get you to a grub command line?

It does have a floppy.  I do not have a grub-disk.  I do have a second
(newer) box that is happily running Etch.

And on Sun, 29 Jul 2007 22:28:04 -0500, "Mumia W.." wrote:

> If you can, try to get the boot files placed before the 1024th cylinder
> boundary. Sometimes this is at 0.5GB, 2.1GB or 8GB. Try a partition
> layout like so ...

This is exactly what I always did with Red Hat and lilo on a drive that
shared Windows and Linux.  I could easily try this again but thought it
should be unnecessary for two reasons.  First, I am using grub now, which I
thought supported lba by default.  Second, without the whole drive allocated
to Etch (i.e. no Windows partition at the start of the drive), I imagined the
files needed by grub would not be placed past cylinder 1024.  But maybe
that's unpredictable.


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