Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 125455
fc2 doesn't boot
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:10:44 EST
Description of problem:
Fedora Core 2 won't boot using grub installed either on first disk mbr
or on the linux partition (on the secondary ide hard disk).
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
grub from Fedora Core 2 (Tettnang)
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install fedora core 2 using boot cd and dvd.iso mounted on a ftp site
2. Choose to install the boot loader on mbr or on the linux boot partition
3. In the case, when the boot loader was installed on the linux boot
partition, the boot sector was copied to windows 2003 server partition
and the windows's loader was configured to load linux using that
sector. (dd if=/dev/boot_linux_part of=bootsect.lnx bs=512 count=1).
The booting process stops with a blank screen and the message "GRUB"
in the case when the boot sector was copied to windows partition. In
the other case (boot loader installed on mbr), grub starts and a
command prompt appears, but it doesn't want to boot linux even if I
specify by hand the grub's configuration file: grub> configfile
Linux to boot.
PIII 650Mhz, 512Mb SDRAM, 440BX MB
/dev/hda1 - 15gb - ntfs windows 2003
/dev/hdb1 - 9gb - ext3
/dev/hdb2 - 512mb - swap
I don't know if it is related with the LBA/BIOS grub error.
Before, I've used RH 9 also with grub and I had no problem.
I have tried to install FC2 5 times on my P4 system and have the same
result every time. The system starts to boot and then hangs with the
message "Grub Read Error".
I have WinXP on the first 120G HD, NTFS, and the 2nd HD is 120G
totally for Linux.
The install goes without a problem every time, but, I cannot get past
the read error.
Does not boot. It habgs after selecting FC2 in the GRUB menu and it
prints "boot command list" or something like that. It just hangs there.
Windows boots fine ( from GRUB, "Other" ).
Then I wiped the disk ( cat /dev/zero > /dev/hde ) and installed FC2
with no boot loader. ( I thought it will offer to create a boot-floppy
). Then I booted the CD1 with "linux rescue" run "grub-install /dev/hde",
boted , entered the comands "root (hd0,0)", "kernel /vmlinuz-2.x.x.x"
, "initrd /initrd-x.x.x" and "boot" and nothing happens, it just
- Gigabyte GA7-VAXP Ultra ( VIA KT400 ) , BIOS version F6
- hde is a Quantum 20GB on the on board Promise PDC 20276 ( BIOS is
set to RAID mode, due to some M$ problems with straight ATA mode ... )
After install and reboot winxp boots without grub even coming up.
winxp is on hda1 and fc2 is on hda2. I see this has been a problem for
years with grub, why not have a floppy option or lilo to correct this?
For my problem I opened bug 125607
I've managed to boot fedora. The problem was caused by the fact that
grub couldn't read grud.conf file, because it was placed on a high
Probably when I've installed rh8,rh9 a long time ago, the grub.conf
file was placed with a bit of luck in the first cylinders of the hard
disk and I couldn't encounter this problem.
I've reinstalled fc2 using the following partitioning scheme:
/dev/hdb1 /boot 100Mb ext3
/dev/hdb2 swap 512Mb swap
/dev/hdb3 / 9Gb ext3
and everything worked aftwards.