Bug 64749 - grub hangs at boot
grub hangs at boot
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: grub (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Jeremy Katz
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Reported: 2002-05-10 10:09 EDT by Daniel Hammer
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:38 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2003-01-21 14:06:03 EST
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Description Daniel Hammer 2002-05-10 10:09:17 EDT

Description of problem:
Grub Versions greater than grub-0.90-11 hang at boot before loading the
splash-screen. After printing out "Loading stage 1.5 (or 2) the whole
machine crashes

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
every grub version greater than grub-0.90-11

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:

The machine is trying to boot from the master boot record of /dev/hda
Every is fine for all grub versions <= grub-0.90-11 even when
replacing the old splash-screen image by the new one.
Since the first version of "skipjack" booting with grub fails. I had
to boot from floppy and then replacing current version of grub by

The relevant part of /boot/grub/grub.conf is as follows:

title Red Hat Linux (2.4.18-3)
	root (hd0,1)
	kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.18-3 ro root=/dev/hdb6 hdd=ide-scsi
	initrd /initrd-2.4.18-3.img
title winDoS (bitul zman)
	rootnoverify (hd0,0)
	chainloader +1
Comment 1 Jeremy Katz 2002-05-10 11:01:23 EDT
What type of motherboard is this?  Is your boot partition beyond the 1024th
cylinder, and if so, does your bios properly support lba32?
Comment 2 Daniel Hammer 2002-05-10 13:29:53 EDT
The machine is a "Fijitsu Siemens" with its own motherboard (e.g. it has no
extra specifiation other than F & S, probably it is assambled by them).

It is a Pentium 4 (140 MHz) motherboard and has a PhoenixBIOS version 4.06
Rev. 1.05.1194 from Phoenix Technologies Ltd and does (to my knowledge) 
properly support lba32.

The boot partition is /dev/hda2 which starts at cyl.383 and ends at cyl. 385   
 (24097+ blocks) and is thus not beyond the 1024th cylinder.

As I already said: all was fine (since Aug. 2001) befor "skipjack". 
The machine has a small windoze partition, an OpenBSD disk and also two other
Linux partition (Debian, SuSE, not indicated in the grub.conf above) which all
run fine on that machine.
Comment 3 Daniel Hammer 2002-07-07 19:04:13 EDT
Still no response; nothing has changed on this machine; i.e. the
problem is still the same (now for "limbo"). 
On another machine with an ASUS-board the long delay until showing 
the grub splash screen which occured on "skipjack" and 7.3 is now 
o.k. for "limbo".
Unfortunately the "Fijitsu Siemens" is the main machine and I still
have to boot via floppy or grub version =< 0.90-11
Comment 4 Mike McLean 2003-01-02 14:54:47 EST
This bug has been inappropriately marked MODIFIED. Please review the bug life
cycle information at 

Changing bug status to ASSIGNED.
Comment 5 Jeremy Katz 2003-01-02 14:59:18 EST
Does this work better with grub 0.93 available from
Comment 6 Daniel Hammer 2003-01-02 15:25:37 EST
Jeremy, what happened, thought this discussion was already gone 'n over?
The grub package that I've downloaded from your site
is perfect, and there is nothing left for me to worry about. Great work!
Comment 7 Jeremy Katz 2003-01-02 15:38:18 EST
I thought I remembered something, but somehow it dropped out of the database. 
I'll talk to our bugzilla guru, but glad to hear it's fixed.
Comment 8 Mike McLean 2003-01-21 14:06:03 EST
Closing based on reporter's comment.

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