Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 71284
GRUB returns error code 21 during stage 1.5 when trying to boot XP/RH 7.3
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:38:03 EDT
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Description of problem:
I bought a brand new Dell Dimension 8200 with Windows XP home edition
installed on a 40Gb IDE hard drive (with 2 partitions - a 31mb Dell partition
with utilities and boot info, and the other partition is the XP partition).
I installed a second IDE HD (15Gb) for linux. I setup 12Gb for Linux and 3Gb
for the Swap Partition.
I chose GRUB for my boot loader during the RedHat 7.3 installation process and
when my pc starts up, I get a screen with Grub at stage 1.5 and error code 21
I did not re-format or re-partition my first drive (the Dell/XP drive), but I
did re-partition and format my Linux drive. I can boot Linux properly from the
emergency boot disk (from floppy), but since XP is using NTFS I can't read any
of the files off of that Drive (to at least salvage some data on there).
My hard drive configuration (as reported by the Hardware Browser) is as
partition(name, start, end, size, type)=hda1, 1, 4, 31, None
partition=hda2, 5, 4865, 38131, ntfs
partition=hdb1, 1, 1529, 11994, ext3
partition=hdb2, 1530, 1868, 2659, linux-swap
my /boot/grub/grub.conf file looks like...
# 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 (hd1,0)
# kernel /boot/vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/hdb1
# initrd /boot/initrd-version.img
title Red Hat Linux (2.4.18-3)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.18-3 ro root=/dev/hdb1 hdd=ide-scsi
Also - a side question - is there any way I can get my linux installation to
recognize the ntfs file system with my xp files (particularly my mp3 music??).
Thanks in advance for your help!!
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Modified the grub.conf file
Actual Results: Same problem as described above.
Expected Results: Expected GRUB to boot correctly.
My PC is brand new so there's not much data on it that i want to salvage on
the XP partition. However, the Linux drive that I formatted was copied over to
the XP drive so i could have a backup copy of all the files I wanted just in
case. Now, since I can't even get to the XP drive through Linux (or any other
means), my old data is inaccessible!!! I might be forced to re-install XP just
to have a bootable ntfs system and then do a re-install of linux again. I
don't even know if thatwould help anything!
Error 21 is "device doesn't exist" -- what are the contents of your
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My device.map file...
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device.map file, as requested...
Is there an updated bios available for the 8200? The only way you should get
that message via code inspection is if the bios access of the drive is failing
for some reason
Closing due to lack of activity. Please reopen if you have further information.
Changed to 'CLOSED' state since 'RESOLVED' has been deprecated.