Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 212207
grub configuration incorrect after clean install on Dell Optiplex GX270 with usb thumbdrive
Last modified: 2008-04-04 00:21:56 EDT
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Description of problem:
Clean install on a dell Optiplex GX270 with one samsung 70Gbyte IDE drive.
Booted from a Sony usb 2.0 Thumbdrive
device map shows
root and splashimage files relative to (hd1,0)
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.boot from sony usb thumbdrive and install FC6
grub configuration incorrect
grub configuration correct
grub.conf files relative to (hd0,0)
usb thumb drive was attached via a usb hub in my monitor
I had the exact same problem whe installing on my Dell Dimension 8300 using a
Dell USB 64-MB memory key.
I solved it by manually editing the grub.conf file after booting into rescue
mode using the USB key.
I think this might be a symptom of a bigger problem with how
the install code selects where to put the GRUB image.
I installed core 6 on a box with an internal hard drive but no
optical drive. I booted from a USB flash drive (via diskboot.img)
and put the install ISO's on a USB hard drive.
During the install, I was given the option of installing GRUB on
the USB flash drive (/dev/sdb). I couldn't find any way to tell
the install script that GRUB should really go on the internal hard
drive instead. Yes, I know this is fairly easy to fix after the
install is done but I shouldn't have to do that.
Note that at the start of the install, I specifically told the
install script that the two /dev/sd* devices were NOT to be used
for any of the install and that ALL of the installation was to
go onto /dev/hda. Thus even the question of whether to put GRUB
onto one of the USB devices was contrary to something I had already
specified in the install sequence.
To me this is a wart rather than a real error but it's still something
that I didn't expect.
Same issue for me. Installing to a Lenovo Thinkpad T60 from a USB hard drive.
The laptop SATA drive is sda, the USB drive is sdb. I asked for an install to
sda only. But I still get prompted to partition sdb, and then it wants to put
I have no wish to have the grub bootloader written to this USB drive
thankyouverymuch, so this is a real bug for me.
I am having the same issue with fedora 6.92 on a Samsung R50. My USB thumb
drive is /dev/sdb and internal hard drive /sda. Anaconda prompts to install
grub on sdb and there is no option to install on sda.
Similar issue for me with the final F7 release, but no USB storage devices are
involved and it was an upgrade from FC6, not a fresh install.
I have a single IDE (PATA) drive and a single SATA drive. Anaconda loaded
sata_via and then pata_via, making the SATA drive sda and the PATA drive sdb and
proceeded to generate a grub.conf using (hd1) for sdb instead of the correct (hd0).
Looking at the EDD information, it appears that there's enough data supplied by
my BIOS to disambiguate the devices and determine relative ordering, so, uh,
maybe you should use that :)
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