"error: out of disk" grub rescue on first cold boot

Colin Watson cjwatson at ubuntu.com
Mon Sep 26 18:24:32 UTC 2011

On Tue, Sep 13, 2011 at 03:52:25PM +0100, Liam Proven wrote:
> On 13 September 2011 12:48, Colin Watson <cjwatson at ubuntu.com> wrote:
> > That would indicate that your BIOS is buggy and unable to read past a
> > certain point on the disk.  If a BIOS upgrade is available it may help;
> > otherwise your solution is the best available, until we get to the point
> > where we can just have GRUB do its own ATA commands by default.
> It could be, but the fact that it has recently started happening for
> multiple people when older versions of Ubuntu worked without problem
> would seem to suggest not, hmmm?

Not at all.  An initial installation will tend to use the start of the
disk; upgrades and dual-boot installs will often tend to use later parts
of the disk.  Even new entire-disk installs may happen to lay things out
slightly differently.

Also, while you may not have seen this before, it's not new by any

Colin Watson                                       [cjwatson at ubuntu.com]

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