Intall from grub

Dotan Cohen dotancohen at gmail.com
Tue Jun 20 20:22:14 BST 2006


On 20/06/06, Gary W. Swearingen <garys at opusnet.com> wrote:
> "Dotan Cohen" <dotancohen at gmail.com> writes:
>
> > BIOS is most certainly set to boot from the optical drive in question.
> > If I tell it to boot from the DVD burner, I get to start the install
> > (but it hangs). If I tell it to boot from the CD burner, then I get a
> > grub prompt. If I tell it to boot from the hard disk, then I get the
> > text GRUB under the PCI device listing, but no prompt- it just hangs.
> > I assume that is because of the partial installation that keeps
> > hanging.
>
> Beats me.  Once your install CD starts booting, you shouldn't see
> any msgs related to GRUB (until the very end of the install when
> you reboot).  I just have to believe that if you're seeing anything
> about grub, then your optical media is not being booted from.  Bad
> cabling on CD burner?
>
> As for the hung, promptless grub, I'll conjecture that a previous
> install attempt didn't get all of the grub code loaded.  I don't know
> if grub hangs if its menu.lst is missing, but there's a
> /boot/grub/stage2 which would probably cause a hang if it was missing.
> Grub code is in the MBR and at least one following sector and in
> some /boot/grub/ , so maybe one of them has a problem (like missing).
>
> I wouldn't worry about any of the hard disk or grub booting problems
> you're having because they should all go away when you manage to start
> and complete a full install.
>
> Sorry I can't help on the hanging DVD drive install; I haven't a clue.
> I guess I'd try booting some other bootable CDs.
>

Because of other problems I've been having, I suspect a problem in
[motherboard||proccessor||memory] so I put the hard drives, optical
drves, network card, and soundblaster in an old AMD machine and it
installed without a problem. Thanks, though.

Dotan Cohen
http://dotancohen.com



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