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April 7, 2009 9:25:10 PM

I just got an Appro 1U server, and am trying to install Ubuntu on it. The installation process seems to go fine, and after all is done it'll go to reboot. Once it reboots, it just sits on a blinking cursor and never loads the OS.

I've tried to reinstall Ubuntu a couple times now, all with the same results.

Please help!

Thanks,
Joe Z

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April 8, 2009 1:45:58 AM

What are the server specs?

Check the boot order in the BIOS to make sure the correct boot device is selected and make sure GRUB is installed onto /dev/sda if you have SCSI or SATA drives.

Good luck :) 
April 8, 2009 4:14:35 AM

I'm sure I'm booting from the proper device, as I am able to select the device by pressing F11. Once the HD is selected (or by default), the cursor just blinks.

The install partitioned the drives for me, so I'm not sure about working with Grub..I'm a linux newb...
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April 8, 2009 4:23:27 AM

btw, Dual Opterons at 2ghz, 4gb ram, 120gb ide hd
April 8, 2009 10:52:35 AM

What vesion of ubuntu did you use?

You should be able to boot from the live cd and run grub-install by hand.

GL :) 
April 8, 2009 11:00:52 AM

Since it's an opteron server make sure you're using ubuntu amd64!

Boot from the Ubuntu CD, go to Applications accessories terminal then run

  1. sudo su -
  2.  
  3. /sbin/grub-install --recheck --no-floppy /dev/sda


If the drive is PATA, replace /dev/sda with /dev/hda

GL :) 
April 8, 2009 1:29:13 PM

No CD drive. I'm booting up the net install version of UBUNTU installer from a USB device.

April 8, 2009 1:29:52 PM

linux_0....this may have been my problem. I am NOT loading the 64 bit version. I'll try this and will get back to you.
April 8, 2009 3:08:39 PM

Nope.....same results with 64
April 8, 2009 4:15:36 PM

Well this is turning into a chronicle archive of my experience attempting to load this ubuntu up. I have several flash drives, but only my smallest 512mb one is recognized by the server's bios. I just purchased a brand new one this morning too, and it is not recognized by the bios.

I can load up Slax as a mini OS, so the server is functioning properly...there just seems to be an issue with the install and I can't get a flash drive to be recognized that is large enough to store the entire ubuntu cd. When Slax is open, I can view the other flash drives.

Any reason that one flash drive would work with the bios, but my other two (1gb, 4gb) won't? All are formatted FAT32.
April 8, 2009 7:30:49 PM

Do you have an old internal PATA IDE CDROM or DVD drive?

Flash drives sometimes don't work too well.

The amd64 version is a lot better and faster.

Good luck :) 
April 8, 2009 9:02:25 PM

I do not have these things unfortunately...

I was able to run a boot info script and it generated this:

============================= Boot Info Summary: ==============================
=> No known boot loader is installed in the MBR of /dev/hda
=> Syslinux is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda
hda1: _________________________________________________________________________
File system: ext3
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:
Operating System: Ubuntu 8.04.2
Boot files/dirs: /boot/grub/menu.lst /etc/fstab
hda2: _________________________________________________________________________
File system: Extended Partition
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:
hda5: _________________________________________________________________________
File system: swap
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:
sda1: _________________________________________________________________________
File system: vfat
Boot sector type: Fat32
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System:
Boot files/dirs:
=========================== Drive/Partition Info: =============================
Drive: hda ___________________ _____________________________________________________
Disk /dev/hda: 120.0 GB, 120034123776 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 14593 cylinders, total 234441648 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xa7a7a7a7
Partition Boot Start End Size Id System
/dev/hda1 63 224,829,674 224,829,612 83 Linux
/dev/hda2 224,829,675 234,436,544 9,606,870 5 Extended
/dev/hda5 224,829,738 234,436,544 9,606,807 82 Linux swap / Solaris

Drive: sda ___________________ _____________________________________________________
Disk /dev/sda: 527 MB, 527958016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 64 cylinders, total 1031168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x075d81e1
Partition Boot Start End Size Id System
/dev/sda1 * 63 1,031,167 1,031,105 c W95 FAT32 (LBA)

blkid -c /dev/null: ____________________________________________________________
/dev/hda1: UUID="b4aefc71-945c-468e-9cfb-2beffed04649" TYPE="ext3"
/dev/hda5: UUID="052e5656-f2fd-413e-b930-350b39bb0591" TYPE="swap"
/dev/sda1: UUID="64FD-8550" TYPE="vfat"
=============================== "mount" output: ===============================
aufs on / type aufs (rw,si=3c06568,xino=/mnt/live/memory/.aufs.xino,nowarn_perm)
/proc on /proc type proc (rw)
sysfs on /sys type sysfs (rw)
usbfs on /proc/bus/usb type usbfs (rw)
tmpfs on /dev/shm type tmpfs (rw)
/dev/hda1 on /mnt/hda1 type ext3 (rw,noatime)
/dev/sda1 on /mnt/sda1 type vfat (rw,noatime,quiet,umask=0,check=s,shortname=mixed)

=========================== hda1/boot/grub/menu.lst: ===========================
# menu.lst - See: grub(8), info grub, update-grub(8)
# grub-install(8), grub-floppy(8),
# grub-md5-crypt, /usr/share/doc/grub
# and /usr/share/doc/grub-doc/.
## default num
# Set the default entry to the entry number NUM. Numbering starts from 0, and
# the entry number 0 is the default if the command is not used.
#
# You can specify 'saved' instead of a number. In this case, the default entry
# is the entry saved with the command 'savedefault'.
# WARNING: If you are using dmraid do not use 'savedefault' or your
# array will desync and will not let you boot your system.
default 0
## timeout sec
# Set a timeout, in SEC seconds, before automatically booting the default entry
# (normally the first entry defined).
timeout 3
## hiddenmenu
# Hides the menu by default (press ESC to see the menu)
hiddenmenu
# Pretty colours
#color cyan/blue white/blue
## password ['--md5'] passwd
# If used in the first section of a menu file, disable all interactive editing
# control (menu entry editor and command-line) and entries protected by the
# command 'lock'
# e.g. password topsecret
# password --md5 $1$gLhU0/$aW78kHK1QfV3P2b2znUoe/
# password topsecret
#
# examples
#
# title Windows 95/98/NT/2000
# root (hd0,0)
# makeactive
# chainloader +1
#
# title Linux
# root (hd0,1)
# kernel /vmlinuz root=/dev/hda2 ro
#
#
# Put static boot stanzas before and/or after AUTOMAGIC KERNEL LIST
### BEGIN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST
## lines between the AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST markers will be modified
## by the debian update-grub script except for the default options below
## DO NOT UNCOMMENT THEM, Just edit them to your needs
## ## Start Default Options ##
## default kernel options
## default kernel options for automagic boot options
## If you want special options for specific kernels use kopt_x_y_z
## where x.y.z is kernel version. Minor versions can be omitted.
## e.g. kopt=root=/dev/hda1 ro
## kopt_2_6_8=root=/dev/hdc1 ro
## kopt_2_6_8_2_686=root=/dev/hdc2 ro
# kopt=root=UUID=b4aefc71-945c-468e-9cfb-2beffed04649 ro
## Setup crashdump menu entries
## e.g. crashdump=1
# crashdump=0
## default grub root device
## e.g. groot=(hd0,0)
# groot=(hd1,0)
## should update-grub create alternative automagic boot options
## e.g. alternative=true
## alternative=false
# alternative=true
## should update-grub lock alternative automagic boot options
## e.g. lockalternative=true
## lockalternative=false
# lockalternative=false
## additional options to use with the default boot option, but not with the
## alternatives
## e.g. defoptions=vga=791 resume=/dev/hda5
# defoptions=quiet splash
## should update-grub lock old automagic boot options
## e.g. lockold=false
## lockold=true
# lockold=false
## Xen hypervisor options to use with the default Xen boot option
# xenhopt=
## Xen Linux kernel options to use with the default Xen boot option
# xenkopt=console=tty0
## altoption boot targets option
## multiple altoptions lines are allowed
## e.g. altoptions=(extra menu suffix) extra boot options
## altoptions=(recovery) single
# altoptions=(recovery mode) single
## controls how many kernels should be put into the menu.lst
## only counts the first occurence of a kernel, not the
## alternative kernel options
## e.g. howmany=all
## howmany=7
# howmany=all
## should update-grub create memtest86 boot option
## e.g. memtest86=true
## memtest86=false
# memtest86=true
## should update-grub adjust the value of the default booted system
## can be true or false
# updatedefaultentry=false
## should update-grub add savedefault to the default options
## can be true or false
# savedefault=false
## ## End Default Options ##
title Ubuntu 8.04.2, kernel 2.6.24-23-generic
root (hd1,0)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-23-generic root=UUID=b4aefc71-945c-468e-9cfb-2beffed04649 ro quiet splash
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-23-generic
quiet
title Ubuntu 8.04.2, kernel 2.6.24-23-generic (recovery mode)
root (hd1,0)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-23-generic root=UUID=b4aefc71-945c-468e-9cfb-2beffed04649 ro single
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-23-generic
title Ubuntu 8.04.2, memtest86+
root (hd1,0)
kernel /boot/memtest86+.bin
quiet
### END DEBIAN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST
=============================== hda1/etc/fstab: ===============================
# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
#
# <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
# /dev/sdb1
UUID=b4aefc71-945c-468e-9cfb-2beffed04649 / ext3 relatime,errors=remount-ro 0 1
# /dev/sdb5
UUID=052e5656-f2fd-413e-b930-350b39bb0591 none swap sw 0 0
=================== hda1: Location of files loaded by Grub: ===================

110.9GB: boot/grub/menu.lst
110.8GB: boot/grub/stage2
110.9GB: boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-23-generic
110.8GB: boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-23-generic.bak
110.8GB: boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-23-generic
110.9GB: initrd.img
110.8GB: vmlinuz
=================== sda1: Location of files loaded by Grub: ===================

.2GB: boot/initrd.gz
.2GB: boot/vmlinuz
=========================== Unknown MBRs/Boot Sectors/etc =======================
Unknown MBR on /dev/hda
00000000 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 |................|
00000010 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 |................|
00000020 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 |................|
00000030 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 |................|
00000040 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 |................|
00000050 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 |................|
00000060 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 |................|
00000070 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 |................|
00000080 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 |................|
00000090 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 |................|
000000a0 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 |................|
000000b0 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 |................|
000000c0 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 |................|
000000d0 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 |................|
000000e0 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 |................|
000000f0 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 |................|
00000100 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 |................|
00000110 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 |................|
00000120 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 |................|
00000130 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 |................|
00000140 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 |................|
00000150 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 |................|
00000160 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 |................|
00000170 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 |................|
00000180 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 |................|
00000190 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 |................|
000001a0 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 |................|
000001b0 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 a7 00 01 |................|
000001c0 01 00 83 fe ff ff 3f 00 00 00 ac a0 66 0d 00 fe |......?.....f...|
000001d0 ff ff 05 fe ff ff eb a0 66 0d d6 96 92 00 00 00 |........f.......|
000001e0 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 |................|
000001f0 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 55 aa |..............U.|
00000200
April 9, 2009 5:44:20 AM

You need to install GRUB onto /dev/hda, there is no bootloader installed on /dev/hda.

Boot from the Ubuntu CD or any version of Linux you can boot from, go to Applications accessories terminal then run or open a terminal

  1. sudo su -
  2.  
  3. /sbin/grub-install --recheck --no-floppy /dev/hda


Good luck :) 
April 9, 2009 5:45:37 AM

Any Live CD environment or rescue CD replicated onto a USB flash drive should work.

A USB CDROM or DVD drive will work too.

:) 
April 9, 2009 2:37:20 PM

thanks for the reply. I'm running Slax via flash drive, so I think things are a bit different.


When I do that, it says "grub-install: command not found"

If I try to run "bash grub-install" it says "Your /usr is broken; please fix before calling this wrapper!"

Also, sudo doesn't work.
April 9, 2009 2:39:44 PM

btw, I had to call it a bit differently because it isn't in /sbin/grub-install...I had to go /mnt/hda1/sbin....
April 9, 2009 3:23:22 PM

Well I placed grub into /usr/sbin and was able to execute it, but now it says "Could not find device for /boot: Not found or not a block device"

April 9, 2009 3:25:59 PM

Boot slax, drop to a root shell, run chroot /mnt/hda1 and then try /sbin/grub-install --recheck --no-floppy /dev/hda

This might not work.

Do you have a USB card reader that supports SD and CF cards?

You can transfer the ubuntu ISO onto an SD of CF card and try to boot from the card reader.


Good luck :) 
April 9, 2009 3:54:39 PM

ok making progress....here is the results.txt file again with the new entries:

============================= Boot Info Summary: ==============================

=> Grub0.97 is installed in the MBR of /dev/hda and looks on the same drive
in partition #1 for /boot/grub/stage2 and /boot/grub/menu.lst.
=> Syslinux is installed in the MBR of /dev/sdb

hda1: _________________________________________________________________________

File system: ext3
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:
Operating System: Ubuntu 8.04.2
Boot files/dirs: /boot/grub/menu.lst /etc/fstab

hda2: _________________________________________________________________________

File system: Extended Partition
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:

hda5: _________________________________________________________________________

File system: swap
Boot sector type: -
Boot sector info:

sdb1: _________________________________________________________________________

File system: vfat
Boot sector type: Fat32
Boot sector info: No errors found in the Boot Parameter Block.
Operating System:
Boot files/dirs: /boot/grub/menu.lst

=========================== Drive/Partition Info: =============================

Drive: hda ___________________ _____________________________________________________

Disk /dev/hda: 120.0 GB, 120034123776 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 14593 cylinders, total 234441648 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xa7a7a7a7

Partition Boot Start End Size Id System

/dev/hda1 63 224,829,674 224,829,612 83 Linux
/dev/hda2 224,829,675 234,436,544 9,606,870 5 Extended
/dev/hda5 224,829,738 234,436,544 9,606,807 82 Linux swap / Solaris


Drive: sdb ___________________ _____________________________________________________

Disk /dev/sdb: 4005 MB, 4005560320 bytes
16 heads, 32 sectors/track, 15280 cylinders, total 7823360 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x00000000

Partition Boot Start End Size Id System

/dev/sdb1 * 32 8,058,879 8,058,848 b W95 FAT32

/dev/sdb1 ends after the last sector of /dev/sdb

blkid -c /dev/null: ____________________________________________________________

/dev/hda1: UUID="b4aefc71-945c-468e-9cfb-2beffed04649" TYPE="ext3"
/dev/hda5: UUID="052e5656-f2fd-413e-b930-350b39bb0591" TYPE="swap"
/dev/sdb1: UUID="16DF-74FD" TYPE="vfat"

=============================== "mount" output: ===============================

aufs on / type aufs (rw,si=49d68f1f,xino=/mnt/live/memory/.aufs.xino,nowarn_perm)
/proc on /proc type proc (rw)
sysfs on /sys type sysfs (rw)
usbfs on /proc/bus/usb type usbfs (rw)
tmpfs on /dev/shm type tmpfs (rw)
/dev/hda1 on /mnt/hda1 type ext3 (rw,noatime)
/dev/sda1 on /mnt/sda1 type vfat (rw,noatime,quiet,umask=0,check=s,shortname=mixed)
/dev/sdb1 on /mnt/sdb1 type vfat (rw)


=========================== hda1/boot/grub/menu.lst: ===========================

# menu.lst - See: grub(8), info grub, update-grub(8)
# grub-install(8), grub-floppy(8),
# grub-md5-crypt, /usr/share/doc/grub
# and /usr/share/doc/grub-doc/.

## default num
# Set the default entry to the entry number NUM. Numbering starts from 0, and
# the entry number 0 is the default if the command is not used.
#
# You can specify 'saved' instead of a number. In this case, the default entry
# is the entry saved with the command 'savedefault'.
# WARNING: If you are using dmraid do not use 'savedefault' or your
# array will desync and will not let you boot your system.
default 0

## timeout sec
# Set a timeout, in SEC seconds, before automatically booting the default entry
# (normally the first entry defined).
timeout 3

## hiddenmenu
# Hides the menu by default (press ESC to see the menu)
hiddenmenu

# Pretty colours
#color cyan/blue white/blue

## password ['--md5'] passwd
# If used in the first section of a menu file, disable all interactive editing
# control (menu entry editor and command-line) and entries protected by the
# command 'lock'
# e.g. password topsecret
# password --md5 $1$gLhU0/$aW78kHK1QfV3P2b2znUoe/
# password topsecret

#
# examples
#
# title Windows 95/98/NT/2000
# root (hd0,0)
# makeactive
# chainloader +1
#
# title Linux
# root (hd0,1)
# kernel /vmlinuz root=/dev/hda2 ro
#

#
# Put static boot stanzas before and/or after AUTOMAGIC KERNEL LIST

### BEGIN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST
## lines between the AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST markers will be modified
## by the debian update-grub script except for the default options below

## DO NOT UNCOMMENT THEM, Just edit them to your needs

## ## Start Default Options ##
## default kernel options
## default kernel options for automagic boot options
## If you want special options for specific kernels use kopt_x_y_z
## where x.y.z is kernel version. Minor versions can be omitted.
## e.g. kopt=root=/dev/hda1 ro
## kopt_2_6_8=root=/dev/hdc1 ro
## kopt_2_6_8_2_686=root=/dev/hdc2 ro
# kopt=root=UUID=b4aefc71-945c-468e-9cfb-2beffed04649 ro

## Setup crashdump menu entries
## e.g. crashdump=1
# crashdump=0

## default grub root device
## e.g. groot=(hd0,0)
# groot=(hd1,0)

## should update-grub create alternative automagic boot options
## e.g. alternative=true
## alternative=false
# alternative=true

## should update-grub lock alternative automagic boot options
## e.g. lockalternative=true
## lockalternative=false
# lockalternative=false

## additional options to use with the default boot option, but not with the
## alternatives
## e.g. defoptions=vga=791 resume=/dev/hda5
# defoptions=quiet splash

## should update-grub lock old automagic boot options
## e.g. lockold=false
## lockold=true
# lockold=false

## Xen hypervisor options to use with the default Xen boot option
# xenhopt=

## Xen Linux kernel options to use with the default Xen boot option
# xenkopt=console=tty0

## altoption boot targets option
## multiple altoptions lines are allowed
## e.g. altoptions=(extra menu suffix) extra boot options
## altoptions=(recovery) single
# altoptions=(recovery mode) single

## controls how many kernels should be put into the menu.lst
## only counts the first occurence of a kernel, not the
## alternative kernel options
## e.g. howmany=all
## howmany=7
# howmany=all

## should update-grub create memtest86 boot option
## e.g. memtest86=true
## memtest86=false
# memtest86=true

## should update-grub adjust the value of the default booted system
## can be true or false
# updatedefaultentry=false

## should update-grub add savedefault to the default options
## can be true or false
# savedefault=false

## ## End Default Options ##

title Ubuntu 8.04.2, kernel 2.6.24-23-generic
root (hd1,0)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-23-generic root=UUID=b4aefc71-945c-468e-9cfb-2beffed04649 ro quiet splash
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-23-generic
quiet

title Ubuntu 8.04.2, kernel 2.6.24-23-generic (recovery mode)
root (hd1,0)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-23-generic root=UUID=b4aefc71-945c-468e-9cfb-2beffed04649 ro single
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-23-generic

title Ubuntu 8.04.2, memtest86+
root (hd1,0)
kernel /boot/memtest86+.bin
quiet

### END DEBIAN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST

=============================== hda1/etc/fstab: ===============================

# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
#
# <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
# /dev/sdb1
UUID=b4aefc71-945c-468e-9cfb-2beffed04649 / ext3 relatime,errors=remount-ro 0 1
# /dev/sdb5
UUID=052e5656-f2fd-413e-b930-350b39bb0591 none swap sw 0 0

=================== hda1: Location of files loaded by Grub: ===================


110.9GB: boot/grub/menu.lst
110.8GB: boot/grub/stage2
110.9GB: boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-23-generic
110.8GB: boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-23-generic.bak
110.8GB: boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-23-generic
110.9GB: initrd.img
110.8GB: vmlinuz

=========================== sdb1/boot/grub/menu.lst: ===========================

# You can edit this file to add your own distribution
# You can choose default to 0 to select first entry
# which it is usually the entry for the default distro
#
#
# You can also set timeout to something as 10
#
# This is the shortcut to call Super Grub Disk (commented)
#title Super Grub Disk
## The two commands: setgrubdevice and usbshift are needed
## so that SGD works well.
#usbshift
#configfile $(grub_device)/boot/sgd/menu.lst
#
# Just after default and timeout statements you have to put
# setgrubdevice so that grub device is correctly set.




default 0
timeout 2
setgrubdevice # This is compulsory
#sgdgfxmenu /boot/grub/message
foreground ffffff
background 0c00ff
color white/brown yellow/cyan


#title Inicio normal / Normal Boot
#kernel $(grub_device)/vmlinuz lang=es a11y=none root=/dev/ram0 ramdisk_size=100000 initrd=initramfs quiet BOOT=live splash
#initrd $(grub_device)/initramfs

#title Soporte de accesibilidad / Accesibility Support -->
#configfile $(grub_device)/boot/grub/menu2.lst

title Super Grub Disk
# The two commands: setgrubdevice and usbshift are needed
# so that SGD works well.
usbshift
configfile $(grub_device)/boot/sgd/sgd.lst

#title Normal boot. Kernel is aware of Boot device
#kernel $(grub_device)/vmlinuz lang=es a11y=none root=/dev/ram0 ramdisk_size=100000 initrd=initramfs quiet BOOT=live splash boot_device=$(grub_device)
#initrd $(grub_device)/initramfs

#title Normal boot. Selecting kernel and initrd files depending on grub_device
#kernel $(grub_device)/vmlinuz_$(grub_device_string) lang=es a11y=none root=/dev/ram0 ramdisk_size=100000 initrd=initramfs quiet BOOT=live splash
#initrd $(grub_device)/initramfs_$(grub_device_string)

#title Selecthd test
#configfile $(grub_device)/boot/grub/choose/selecthd.lst

#title findp test
#configfile $(grub_device)/boot/grub/choose/selectpart.lst
#title set SGD variables and boot SGD
#
#configfile $(grub_device)/boot/sgd/menu.lst

=================== sdb1: Location of files loaded by Grub: ===================


.6GB: boot/grub/menu.lst
.6GB: boot/grub/stage2


April 9, 2009 3:58:26 PM

Now when I boot though, it says "Error 21: Selected disk does not exist"
April 9, 2009 4:44:39 PM

Edit /boot/grub/menu.lst and change (hd1,0) to (hd0,0)

Quote:


title Ubuntu 8.04.2, kernel 2.6.24-23-generic
root (hd0,0)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.24-23-generic root=UUID=b4aefc71-945c-468e-9cfb-2beffed04649 ro quiet splash
initrd /boot/initrd.img-2.6.24-23-generic
quiet

April 9, 2009 5:10:25 PM

YOU ARE THE MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I so greatly appreciate your help with all of this. Certainly has been a learning experience....and definitely couldn't have done it without your help.

Thanks again!
April 9, 2009 5:48:15 PM

No sweat :) 

Remember ubuntu 9.04 and fedora 11 are due to be released later this month.

Keep the questions coming :) 
!