Problem with Grub being installed in MBR as default (GG)

Nigel Henry cave.dnb2m97pp at
Mon Apr 7 20:39:52 UTC 2008

On Tuesday 01 April 2008 21:09, Mackenzie Morgan wrote:
> On Tue, 2008-04-01 at 20:53 +0200, Nigel Henry wrote:
> > On Tuesday 01 April 2008 19:35, Mackenzie Morgan wrote:
> > > On Tue, 2008-04-01 at 19:23 +0200, Nigel Henry wrote:
> > > > The request I have is, is it possible to include options as to where
> > > > the bootloader is going to be installed in Gutsy Gibbons installer
> > > > program, as are present in other distros. The default is usually the
> > > > MBR, but you are usually presented with other places to install the
> > > > bootloader.
> > >
> > > It's an option in the "Advanced" button on the "confirmation page" of
> > > the installer that says what's going where, what settings you chose,
> > > and lists that GRUB is going on the MBR.
> >
> > Thanks for your quick reply. I've since got the Grub bootloader for Gutsy
> > Gibbon installed on the / partition for GG, and now have access to all 4
> > distros on the harddrive again.
> >
> > I'll try another install of GG, if I can find space on another drive. I'd
> > obviously missed the "Advanced" button on the "confirmation page" of the
> > installer.
> By confirmation page, I just mean that last page before you hit the
> "Apply" or "Install" or whatever it is button where it lists all your
> choices.

I'm just installing another instance of Gutsy Gibbon on one of my drives, and 
as you say the "Advanced" button is there on the confirmation page you 
mention above, but can easily be missed, as I did on my first install of 
Gutsy Gibbon, and ended up with Gutsy Gibbons Grub overwriting my FC2 Grub 
that was in the MBR, with chainloaders to other distros on the drive.

Yes. Gutsy Gibbons Grub had all the kernels listed for FC2, Debian Etch, and 
Debian Lenny, but as the the kernels for Debian Etch, and Lenny are the same, 
it would be a bit hit and miss as to which Debian version I would be booting.

Personally I think it would be better to have a separate page for the 
bootloader, as on other distros, and where you have choices presented to you 
as to where you want to install the bootloader. In most cases the default of 
installing to the MBR would be ok if you were a first time user of the 
distro, but for those of us that have dual/triple installs on the drive, 
options as to where you want to install the bootloader, I'm sure would be 

Just some thoughts.


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