grub2 = beta?

Goh Lip g.lip at
Fri Dec 11 15:54:06 UTC 2009

On 12/11/2009 10:23 PM, Gene Heskett wrote:

> Ok, with the space in there, I now get an error 13, invalid format.  And it
> times out in about 5 seconds and loops back to the sstarting menu from
> /dev/sda, and grub-0.97. I purposely made both Mint partitions /boot and /
> ex3 filesystems so there would not be the sort of thing where F12 apparently
> can only be booted from an ext4 system thanks to fedora's "forking" of
> grub-0.97 without even changing the version number.

I wrote
> Some points
> o  grub-legacy could not boot ext4

Just noticed on another (non-Ubuntu) mailing list the following, may 
interest you as it is similar

> I installed Ubuntu 9.10 (Grub2) and put the bootloader in the root intending
> to chainload from my Mandriva legacy grub (which supports ext4).
> This fails with:
> "error 13 invalid or unsupported executable format"
> Surely legacy grub should be able to chainload into any operating system boot
> sector - even Windows, so why not grub2?
> menu.lst entry :-
> title Ubuntu 9.10
> root (hd0,13)
> chainloader +1
> Result:-
> "error 13 invalid or unsupported executable format"

I think it is always better to have grub2 set to mbr.

Goh Lip


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