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Old 16th April 2006, 05:43 PM
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[Panic] Grub fail to dual boot win XP/Fedora Core 3 on Dell Laptop Latitude D610

I have installed FC3 on my dell latitdue D610 laptop with only 1 hard disk, and with windows XP installed. Problem occurs when I reboot after FC 3 installation, all I see is just "GRUB" with a flashing _ then nothing happens and I cant access any OS's.

Some info :
1. During installation, GRUB is chose to install at "first boot partition", not MBR. (BIG MISTAKE!)
2. Windows is picked to boot first.

I have followed each steps in http://www.fedoraforum.org/forum/sho...5&page=1&pp=15 to install GRUB at MBR, but still got the same output "GRUB _" after rebooting laptop.

grub> find /boot/grub/stage1

grub> root (hd1,5)
Filesystem type is ext2fs, partition type 0x83

grub> setup (hd0)

I got this -->
Checking if "/boot/grub/stage1" exists... yes
Checking if "/boot/grub/stage2" exists... yes
Checking if "/boot/grub/e2fs_stage1_5" exists... yes
Running "embed /boot/grub/e2fs_stage1_5 (hd0)"... 16 sectors are embedded
Running "install /boot/grub/stage1 (hd0) (hd0)1+16 p (hd1,5)/boot/grub/stage2 /boot/grub/grub.conf.......


grub> quit

I checked "fdisk -l", device.map and /boot/grub/grub.conf, found out grub.conf has mapped the hard disk to (hd1) instead of (hd0) (But only 1 hard disk in my laptop!).

fdisk -l
sh-3.00# fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 40.0GB, 40007761920 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4864 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 Dell Utility
/dev/sda2 * HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda3 W95 Ent's (LBA)
/dev/sda5 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda6 Linux
/dev/sda7 Linux swap

Disk /dev/hda: 515MB, 515375104 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 * FAT16

(fd0) /dev/fd0
(hd0) /dev/hda
(hd1) /dev/sda

original grub.conf generated
# grub.conf generated by anaconda
# Notice: You do not have a /boot partition. This means that
# all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /, eg.
# root (hd1,5)
# kernel /boot/vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/sda6
# initrd /boot/initrd-version.img
title Fedora Core 3
root (hd1,5)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.9-1.667 ro root=LABEL=/ rhgb quiet
initrd /boot/initrd-2.6.9-1.667.img
title Windows XP
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1

Based on a suggestion from linuxquestions.org, I change device.map configuration to

(fd0) /dev/fd0
(hd0) /dev/sda

But, I am not sure removing "(hd0) /dev/hda" , which could be a CD rom drive, will prevent the FC1 rescue disk from running if a hard reboot is performed next time... :|.

BTW, after that, i change grub.conf

splashimage=(hd1,5)/boot/grub/splash.xpm.gz --> splashimage=(hd0,5)/boot/grub/splash.xpm.gz

root (hd1,5) -->
root (hd0,5)

Then, I tried --> sh-3.00# grub-install /dev/sda

I got this:
The file /boot/grub/stage2 not read correctly.

I checked out with the following, and found out

grub> find /boot/grub/stage1
(hd1,5) <------ Why still at (hd1,5) but not (hd0,5)??

grub> root (hd1,5)
Filesystem type is ext2fs, partition type 0x83

grub> root (hd0,5)
Error 22: No such partition <----- !!!


1. What should be the correct device.map configuration, which assure the CDROM is still bootable after hard reboot?

2. How to install GRUB correctly to MBR, with GRUB correctly map to HDD?

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