Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 215270
Grub fails to boot after fresh install
Last modified: 2008-05-06 12:48:10 EDT
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Description of problem:
I installed FC6 and grub failed to boot with a message "GRUB hard disk error".
I tried both, 32 and 64-bit versions with the same outcome.
The hardware is the following:
DFI Lan Party Ultra-D NForce4
2GB dual/channel OCZ memory
two Raptor hard disks (WD740GD SATA)
two IDE hard disks
AMD Athlon 64 4400+ X2
The operating system is installed on one of the two SATA disks. The other SATA
disk and the two IDE disks serve as storage. Here's parted printout (from FC5,
which is also installed and works perfectly):
Disk /dev/sda: 74.4GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: msdos
Number Start End Size Type File system Flags
1 32.3kB 26.2GB 26.2GB primary ntfs boot
2 26.2GB 74.3GB 48.1GB extended lba
5 26.2GB 26.3GB 107MB logical ext3
6 26.3GB 39.7GB 13.4GB logical ext3
7 39.7GB 39.9GB 107MB logical ext3
8 39.9GB 53.3GB 13.4GB logical ext3
9 53.3GB 73.7GB 20.4GB logical ext3
10 73.7GB 74.3GB 650MB logical linux-swap
11 74.3GB 74.3GB 16.4MB logical fat16 hidden
sda1 is an NTFS partition with Windows installed (for Pro Evolution Soccer and
other games;-) ). sda5 and sda6 are the boot and the root partition for Fedora
5. sda7 and sda8 are the boot and the root partition for Fedora 6. sda9 is the
home partition. The last partition is an Acronis OS Selector partition. OS
Selector boots everything else. I use OS Selector, since I can't rely on
Windows stability and, if it needs to be reinstalled, it overwrites the MBR.
This way it is not a problem, since I can restore the OS Selector from Windows.
I have to have Windows for games. I have been doing this for many years and
never had any problems. I always have two sets of boot/root partitions, one for
primary use and the other for testing Fedora releases and sometimes for
checking out other distributions. If everything is OK with the new Fedora
installation, they switch roles, i.e. the test partitions become primary and
the primary ones become test partitions. If everything was fine with the new
FC6 installation, that would have happened. Luckily, I do this, and I am not
completely screwed by FC6 not booting.
If I add en entry in the FC5 grub.conf (sda5 boot partition) for booting FC6
(copy the stuff from grub.conf from sda7, FC6 boot partition) I can boot Fedora
6. So, obviously the problem is in grub that comes with FC6.
What is the problem? How do I solve this problem? Will grub be fixed and an
updated image released? I can't imagine that I am the only one with this
problem. I see people are compalining at fedoraforum.org. Will I be able to, at
least, do a network install, which would pull an updated version of grub with
this problem fixed or will I have to skip this version of Fedora and wait for
Fedora 7? Please, fix this before Fedora 7 is released.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install Fedora 6
2. Try to boot
3. Get the message: GRUB hard disk error
Got the message: GRUB hard disk error
Fedora should have booted.
*** Bug 215271 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
I had a similar problem after a fresh install: Grub froze when loading stage2.
Booting using the FC6 rescue CD, downloading and reverting to the grub-0.97-5
RPM from FC5, running grub-install, and rebooting fixed the problem for me.
An update from the above comment: After the first boot, I re-upgraded to
grub-0.97-13 and it seems to work fine now, in contrast to before. Booting the
first time with grub-0.97-5 seemed to solve the problem.
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