Another sidetrack or setback, I will go for the first as it is interesting
This morning before reaching my Linux machines I had read your post above and was looking forward to experiment. Starting the pc it booted nicely to the menu.lst but neither of the two systems will boot.
I was a bit rusty on my manual grub work but having swatted up on that I still can not make sense of what is going on, so a sidetrack to sort this "little problem out I have started my 3rd pc which happens to have a version of Minime installed, to my surprise doing very well indeed.
I will be a bit slow getting the information together, so this post will be amended several times. Because for some reason my drive designations does not seem to line of with my earlier work, I will collect information the ground level and slowly.
BIOS drive information
Pri IDE Master: Western Digital 80GB
Pri IDE Slave: Seagate 250GB
Secondary IDE Master: Lite-On CD-RW
Secondary IDE Slave: Pioneer DVD-RW
Third IDE Master: Seagate 500GB (SATA port)
Fourth IDE Master: [Not detected] (SATA port) <-- nothing connected
Boot Device Priority
1st Boot Device [SS-Pioneer DVD-RW]
2nd Boot Device [PS-ST325082A] <-- Seagate 250GB
I think this is my part of my problem, have changed order when setting up DVD drive to boot liveDVD
Hard Disk Drives
1st Drive [ WD 80GB ] <---- this was Seagate 250G, 2nd Boot Device will now be 80GB
2nd Drive [ Seagate 500GB ] <--- SATA
3rd Drive [ Seagate 250GB ] <-- IDE
The order can not be set at random I discovered, above I can not have the Seagate 250GB as 2nd Drive (would have preferred)
I consider this BIOS a bit unfriendly, but I am weary of BIOS work in general.
There is some hope this will fix part of my problems. Before I make changes I will record my GRUB experience at least for my own good so when I save the thread I can reference it.
Rebooting and from the grub menu, I start any one of the systems and will be met by grub response
Please hit any key ......
A text based menu screen show boot options, this is a quick way to change system if it works, in this case I select command line by hitting the c key (explain in basic text lines that one is tempted ignore), this brings up
with blinking under score. Here appropriate just typing 'help' to see what commands available.
grub> find /boot/grub/stag <hit the Tab key>
Possible files are: stage1 stage 2 stage2_eltorito
grub> _ find /boot/grub/stag
Of course I am after stage2
grub> find /boot/grub/stage2
grub> root=(hd <hit the Tab key>
Possible disks are: hd hd1 hd2
grub> root=(hd2 <hit the Tab key> a , will show a second <hit the Tab key> more interdesting
Partition num: 0, Filesystem type is ext2fs, partition type 00x83
Partition num: 1, Filesystem type unknown, partition type 00x83
Partition num: 2, Filesystem type is ext2fs, partition type 00x83
Partition num: 3, Filesystem type is ext2fs, partition type 00x83
Partition num: 4, Filesystem type is ext2fs, partition type 00x83
Partition num: 5, Filesystem type is ext2fs, partition type 00x83
Partition num: 6, Filesystem type unknown, partition type 00x83
Partition num: 7, Filesystem type unknown, partition type 00x83
Partition num: 8, Filesystem type unknown, partition type 00x83
Partition num: 9, Filesystem type unknown, partition type 00x83
I know my system is on (hd0,4)
Filesystem type is ext2fs, partition type 00x83
I will "grub" the hd2
grub> setup (hd2)
Checking if "/boot/grub/stage1" exists... yes
Checking if "/boot/grub/stage2" exists... yes
Checking if "/boot/grub/e2fs_stage1_5" exists... yes
Running "embed /boot/grub/e2fs_stage1_5 (hd2)"... 17 sectors are embedded.
Running "install /boot/grub/stage1 (hd2) (hd2)1+17 p (hd2,4)/boot/grub/stage2 /boot/grub/menu.lst"... succeeded
Well I will go back and fix my BIOS drives order and see.