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Re: SUCCESS: Grub2 on Dell Optiplex GX270

Michael D. Norwick wrote:
To whom it may concern;

Machine :    Dell Optiplex 270 server
                   Intel P4 2.8GHz (non HT)
                   1G PC2700 Memory
                   Onboard Intel Gb ethernet adapter
                   Onboard Intel Extreme 8x AGP graphics controller
                   40 G Western Digital Harddrive

OS's:  Debian kernel image 2.6.22-2
         Debian kernel image 2.6.22-3
         Win XP Pro SP3

Reason: Trying to build and install Xen 3.2.1 as a replacement for the Debian kernel images above.

Successfully used the current GParted boot CD to re-partition the disk to 13 G for WinXP and 27 G for some Linux variant (using Ext3). While trying to install Debian stable from either the current Debian Netinst or the full stable CD's, Grub and Lilo would not install to the MBR. It appears that some Dell bios or ACPI issue prevents this, Thus, the workaround. I was able to install Lilo from a boot CD to get both OS's to boot, then, installed the Debian current Lilo package once the installation was
complete and I booted into the new Linux installation.

I wanted to test the current XEN kernels either from a Debian package or Xensource package but found from the requirements that XEN needs grub not Lilo. I decided to try Grub2 from the Lenny distribution (which I am currently on) and all stages installed successfully. A config file edit(add) for chainloading Windows was required in /etc/grub.d to get grub-update to see the Win XP installation.

I have yet to do the 'make install' of the XEN enabled kernel I was finally able to build. That will be the next step when I verify I have all the elements for success (I"ve got to build an initrd for one).

Original subject line changed due to stupid spelling error. A 'heads up' on problems with Grub2_1.96+20080203-1_i386. On 2/06/08 noted that Grub2 1.96 was available for Debian testing. I performed an update and upgrade from within aptitude. All packages appeared to install normally. It was a large update so I elected to reboot. When the machine came up the 'Welcome to Grub' message line flashed for a moment, it then went into an infinite loop with the following error;

'Syntax error'
'Incorrect command'

Ctrl-Alt-Del rebooted the machine. I booted from Debian Netinst 4.0r2 and entered rescue mode. I manually mounted the partitions for / and /usr (I do not have a separate boot partition). I scanned the files in /boot/grub and /etc/grub.d and noted a new file /etc/grub.d/05_debian_theme. Thinking this is where the syntax error was coming from I moved it to a new name. I issued


I rebooted the machine and was again greeted with the same error. I appended a message to bug #21865 at bug-grub@gnu.org and received the reply that this had been reported and fixed and I should have issued;


I booted and mounted partitions / and /usr from the Netinst CD in rescue mode. I then issued.

#>/etc/grub-install /dev/hda

and the system came up after rebooting. Grub2 appears worthwhile and I am glad it works on this persnickity Dell.
I hope this helps someone.
Thank You Developers


PS Also got Xen 3.2 compiled and installed. Haven't got /boot/grub.cfg correct yet. I have to write a script - /etc/grub.d/12_xen. I also have to figure out how to package it, buy more ram, go ice fishing.

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