bugGNU GRUB - Bugs: bug #15618, Boot: Screen just says 'GRUB'


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bug #15618: Boot: Screen just says 'GRUB'

Submitter:  James White <frozenjim>
Submitted:  Fri 03 Feb 2006 07:44:19 PM UTC
Votes:  1  
Category:  Booting Severity:  Major
Priority:  5 - Normal Item Group:  Software Error
Status:  None Privacy:  Public
Assigned to:  None Originator Name:  James White
Open/Closed:  Closed Release:  * None
Release:  .96 Reproducibility:  Every Time
Planned Release:  None
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Sat 15 Dec 2007 09:10:14 PM UTC, comment #2: 

We've moved to GRUB 2 as a development platform. Please can you check if this bug still applies there, and if it does, reopen it?


Robert Millan <robertmh>
Project Administrator
Thu 08 Mar 2007 11:32:09 PM UTC, comment #1: 

I am attempting to install Linux on my system such that I boot all my OSes under control of the NT Boot Loader (NTLDR).

So far I have attempted the following with 3 distros (Fedora Core 6, Mandriva 2007 & openSUSE 10.2)
My Config is as follows:

Drive 1 (hd0 / hda) - 2 partitions:
Windows98SE (FAT32) on Primary (11 gb), 2nd FAT32 data Partition (29 gb)

Drive 2 (hd1 / hdb) - 2 partitions:
Windows XP SP2 (NTFS) on Primary (11 gb), 2nd Free partition for Linux (29 gb)

On install I use the default partitioning suggested in all three cases:

Fedora Core 6 creates an Extended partition with 4 logical partitions:

1. hdb5 - swap
2. hdb6 - /boot
3. hdb7 - / (slash)
4. hdb8 - /home

Mandriva 2007 and openSUSE 10.2 creates an Extended partition with 3 logical partitions:

1. hdb5 - swap
2. hdb6 - / (slash) (includes boot)
3. hdb7 - /home

On each of the distros above I declined the suggestion to load GRUB in the MBR and opted instead to load GRUB in the partition containing the boot directory (i.e. hdb6).

On completion of install I boot into Linux (using a GRUB boot CD / floppy).

I then wrote the resulting boot sector to my windows partition using:
dd if=/dev/hdb6 bs=512 count=1 of=/windows/C/Linux.lnx

I then added the following line at the end of my boot.ini file on drive C:
C:\Linux.lnx="My Linux OS"

On attempting to boot into Linux using the NT Boot Loader and selecting Linux, the Boot: Screen just says 'GRUB'and then the boot hangs.

I used a third party utility called bootpart (http://www.winimage.com/bootpa26.zip)
to create a linux boot sector to replace the one created by dd and that was able to boot my Linux OS(es) successfully from the NT Bootloader.

This clearly suggests a problem either with dd or GRUB.

I have tried all 3 approaches to installing GRUB without any success. These being:

1. The Boot loader selection process at Install time.
2. grub-install (hd1,6)
3. grub> root (hd1,6)
   grub> setup (hd1,6)
   grub> quit

Mosaddique Kadodia <mosaddique>
Fri 03 Feb 2006 07:44:19 PM UTC, original submission:  

Fresh install of Gentoo with new partitions.

Toshiba Satellite M30

/dev/hda1 is /boot.

Grub appears to install fine using grub-install (no errors).

After bios loads, the word GRUB appears immediately in the top left corner of the screen.  This is not the grub> prompt.  It is just the single word GRUB. 

Pressing any key several times results in beeps.  (keyboard buffer fills?)

I have deleted all partitions and repartitioned the drive before fresh install - same result.

I tried moving my boot partition farther along the drive (/dev/hda9) but same result.

Deleted grub.conf - same result
Recreated grub.conf - same result
Reinstalled grub-install - same result

After two days I can safely say that nothing I have tried has had any effect at all.

It seems like Grub just isn't loading.  No luck in the forums.

James White <frozenjim>


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