Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 215227
Boot stalls at "Loading stage 2.." after a fresh install
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:48 EST
Description of problem:
After installing FC6 from the CD's, the machine won't boot from the harddisk.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Always. I have found no work-around, and therefore the severity is set to
High. I really need some kind of work-around, so that I at least can boot my
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install FC6 from the CD's.
After rebooting, the machine halts with the message "GRUB Loading stage2.."
The machine should boot normally.
This problem has been seen before. However, the solutions presented in the
other bug reports have not helped me.
I've tried the following:
1. Boot from rescue CD
2. chroot /mnt/sysimage
3. grub-install /dev/sda
However, after booting the machine now hangs at "GRUB Loading stage1.5."
I then tried:
4. Boot from rescue CD
5. chroot /mnt/sysimage
7. root (hd0,0)
8. kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.18-1.2798.fc6 ro root=LABEL=/ rhgb quiet
9. initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.18-1.2798.fc6.img
but this gives "Error 28: Selected item cannot fit into memory".
My machine details are as follows:
Via EPIA EN12000E motherboard with a VIA VT8237R controller.
512 MB RAM
A single 160 GB SATA disk (no raid).
The partition info is as follows:
sh-3.1#sfdisk -l /dev/sda
Disk /dev/sda: 19457 cylinders, 255 heads, 63 sectors/track
Units = cylinders of 8225280 bytes, blocks of 1024 bytes, counting from 0
Device Boot Start End #cyls #blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 0+ 608 609- 4891761 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 609 1217 609 4891792+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda3 1218 1340 123 987997+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda4 1341 19456 18116 145516770 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 1341+ 1949 609- 4891761 83 Linux
/dev/sda6 1950+ 6205 4256- 34186288+ 83 Linux
/dev/sda7 6206+ 19456 13251- 106438626 83 Linux
/dev/sda1 on / type ext3 (rw,defaults)
/dev/sda2 on /home type ext3 (rw,defaults)
/dev/sda6 on /p2p type ext3 (rw,defaults)
proc on /proc type proc (rw,defaults)
/dev/sda7 on /share type ext3 (rw,defaults)
sysfs on /sys type sysfs (rw,defaults)
/dev/sysfs on /sys type sysfs (rw,defaults)
/dev/sda5 on /var type ext3 (rw,defaults)
The GRUB configuration files are:
# grub.conf generated by anaconda
# Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
# NOTICE: You do not have a /boot partition. This means that
# all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /, eg.
# root (hd0,0)
# kernel /boot/vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/sda1
# initrd /boot/initrd-version.img
title Fedora Core (2.6.18-1.2798.fc6)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.18-1.2798.fc6 ro root=LABEL=/ rhgb quiet
# this device map was generated by anaconda
I've tried installing FC5 as well as FC3 onto the same system, but that didn't
help. I've not yet tried FC2. Nor have I tried installing onto a PATA drive.
Please let me know if there is something else I can try, or some information I
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 215226 ***