Fedora Core 5 and 6 fails to boot after apparently a successful installation
on a dual boot Linux and Windows XP Pro computer. The system is a FX55 CPU,
2GB memory, on a MSI NForce4 S939 mother board with two attached Seagate SATA
The system seems to install OK on the second SATA hard disk and the installer
looks like it wrote the required grub files to the MBR of the boot hard disk.
I had the installer remove ALL partitions on the installation drive just to be
sure. I’m sure which disk is which by looking at the detailed partition
scheme. The first disk is an NTFS drive for Windows and the second disk is
used for Linux. I had the installer write the grub files to the MBR of the
boot disk, the one with Window loaded on it.
When the system reboots I get a grub error 17. This happens with both FC5 and
FC6. I had FC3 on the system before and it worked just fine. I gave up on FC5
and tried OpenSuse 10.2. That distro installed and boots just fine with zero
changes in any bios setting between the two trials of FC and OpenSuse.
OpenSuse handles the hardware issues better, or more like grub does. I don’t
know which version of grub is used by OpenSuse but it is the default version
used in the initial 10.2 version distro.
Steps to reproduce:
1. Install FC5 to second SATA harddisk with grub files written to MBR of first
disk with Windows XP Pro loaded on it.
2. Reboot computer.
3. system hangs after gub tries to load and display boot menu with an error
code of 17.
System hangs eveytime after trying to boot up.
System boots to boot menu to allow selection of which OS to load.
Motherboard model is a
K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI
MS-7100 (V1.X) ATX Mainboard
Supports Socket-939 for AMD K8 Athlon 64 FX / Athlon 64 (Socket939) processor
Supports up to 4000+ Athlon FX55 , or higher CPU
(For the latest information about CPU, please visit
nVIDIA nForce4 SLI
- HyperTransport link to the AMD Athlon 64/Athlon 64 FX CPU
- HyperTransport supporting speed up to 1GHz (2000MT/s)
- Supports 2 PCI Express x16/ x1 interface
- Two independent SATA controllers, for four drives
- Dual Fast ATA-133 IDE controllers
- IEEE802.3 nVIDIA MAC for 1000BASE-T
Supports dual channel, eight memory banks DDR 266/333/400, using four 184-
pin DDR DIMMs
Supports a maximum memory size up to 4GB
Supports 2.5v DDR SDRAM DIMM
(For the updated supporting memory modules, please visit http://www.msi.com.tw/
Two PCI Express x16 slots (supports PCI Express Bus specification v1.0a
2nd PCI Express x16 slot (PCI_E3) is compatible with PCI Express x 1
Three 32-bit Master PCI Bus slots, includes one orange slot which is reserved
as a communication slot.
Support 3.3V/5V PCI bus Interface
An IDE controller on the nVIDIA® nForce4 SLI chipset provides IDE HDD/CD-ROM
with PIO, Bus Master and Ultra DMA 66/100/133 operation modes
Can connect up to 4 IDE devices
NV RAID supports 4 SATA II ports (SATA1-4). Transfer rate is up to 300 MB/s.
Supports RAID 0, 0+1 and JBOD mode.
Silicon Image’s SATARAID supports another 2 SATA II ports (SATA5/6). Transfer
rate is up to 300 MB/s. Supports RAID 0 & 1 mode (only for K8N Neo4 Platinmu/
10 USB ports
- Controlled by nForce4 SLI chipset
- 4 ports in the rear I/O, 6 ports via the external bracket
NV RAID (Software)
Supports up to 4 SATA and 2 ATA133 Hard drives
- RAID 0 or 1, 0+1, JBOD is supported
- RAID function available for ATA133+SATA H/D or 4 SATA H/D drives
Silicon Image’s SATARAID (Software) (Optional)
RAID 0 or 1 and multiple RAID groups are supported
Support up to 2 SATA devices connected to a single controller
Supports dual LAN jacks
- 1st LAN supports 10/100/1000 Fast Ethernet by nForce4 SLI
- 2nd PCI Express LAN supports 10/100/1000 Fast Ethernet by Marvell
88E8053 (only for K8N Neo4 Platinum/SLI).
IEEE 1394 (Optional)
Supports up to three 1394 ports (rear panel x 1, pinheader x 2). Transfer rate
is up to 400Mbps
Power by Creative Sound Bluster 24 bits H/W audio
- 24-bit / 96~192 KHz audio quality
- Up to 100 db SNR clarity
- 7.1 Channel output supported, Dolby Digital encoder
- Supports S/PDIF digital interface
- PCI 2.3 Specification compliant
On-Board Peripherals include:
- 1 floppy port supports 1 FDD with 360K, 720K, 1.2M, 1.44M and 2.88Mbytes
- 1 serial port (COM1)
- 1 parallel port supporting SPP/EPP/ECP mode
- 1 Audio jack(5-in-1), coaxial/fiber SPDIF out
- 1 D-Bracket 2 pinheader
- 1 CD-In pinheader
- 3 IEEE 1394 (Rear * 1 / Front * 2) (optional)
- 10 USB1.1/2.0 ports (Rear * 4 / Front * 6)
- 1 IrDA pinheader
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 236436 ***