[LAU] [OT] Fedora installation problem

Dave Phillips dlphillips at woh.rr.com
Wed Sep 14 10:43:14 UTC 2011


Hopefully someone here has a similar setup and can help me out.

Yesterday I installed a nice new Seagate 1T drive in my main machine. No 
problems with the physical installation, and the BIOS recognizes the 
drive. Next I installed Fedora 14 (x86_64) on the new drive. Again, no 
problems with the actual installation. On reboot my troubles started.

I already have a system on this machine, an ancient 64 Studio 2.1 that 
works beautifully. Alas, it's very old, hence the second drive and new 
install. The old system is on /dev/sda1, with a swap at /dev/sda5. The 
new disk is /dev/sdb, and the new system is on /dev/sdb1 and /dev/sdb2. 
On reboot the machine went directly to the old grub menu for 64 Studio, 
which had no entry for Fedora.

Before going further, I should note that I can't even mount the new disk 
while in 64 Studio. The older system doesn't recognize ext4 file 
systems, so I can't access the second drive.

Okay, back to the boot. I used AV Linux to access the new drive and 
copied its grub entry to the old grub. Now when I boot I can see and 
select the Fedora entry, but I receive errors whether I attempt the boot 
from sdb1(hd1,0) or sdb2 (hd1,1). Sorry, I don't remember the error 
numbers, I'll get them and send them if needed. The installation media 
was without checksum errors, so the installed system should be ready to 
go. I just can't figure out how to boot into it from my existing menu.

So my questions are: How can I get this machine to recognize the new 
installation ? Do I need to re-install and manually configure grub ? Is 
the 64 Studio boot loader simply too old to handle the new configuration 
? The new grub menu.lst include a line "boot=/dev/sdb" but it appears to 
mean nothing to the older grub.

I've pasted what I think are the relevant contents of the 64 Studio 
menu.lst at the end of this message, in case anyone cares to investigate 
and advise. I don't mind re-installing if necessary, but it would be 
nice to avoid that expenditure of time. Suggestions for fixing would be 
much appreciated. :)



-------------------- begin 64 Studio grub menu.lst -----------------------

title        64 Studio, kernel 2.6.21-1-multimedia-amd64
root        (hd0,0)
kernel        /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.21-1-multimedia-amd64 root=/dev/sda1 ro 
vga=771 splash=silent
initrd        /boot/initrd.img-2.6.21-1-multimedia-amd64

title        64 Studio, kernel 2.6.21-1-multimedia-amd64 (single-user mode)
root        (hd0,0)
kernel        /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.21-1-multimedia-amd64 root=/dev/sda1 ro 
vga=771 splash=silent single
initrd        /boot/initrd.img-2.6.21-1-multimedia-amd64

------------------- the new addition ------------------

# Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
# NOTICE:  You have a /boot partition.  This means that
#          all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /boot/, eg.
#          root (hd0,0)
#          kernel /vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/mapper/VolGroup-lv_root
#          initrd /initrd-[generic-]version.img

# boot=/dev/sdb
# default=0
# timeout=0
# splashimage=(hd0,0)/grub/splash.xpm.gz
# hiddenmenu
title Fedora (
        root (hd1,0)
        kernel /vmlinuz- ro 
root=/dev/mapper/VolGroup-lv_root rd_LVM_LV=VolGroup/lv_root 
rd_LVM_LV=VolGroup/lv_swap rd_NO_LUKS rd_NO_MD rd_NO_DM LANG=en_US.UTF-8 
SYSFONT=latarcyrheb-sun16 KEYTABLE=us rhgb quiet
        initrd /initramfs-

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