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FS#3711 - 0.7.1pre grub has problem with MBR previously written with LILO

Attached to Project: Arch Linux
Opened by Bob (Cotton) - Thursday, 05 January 2006, 20:36 GMT
Last edited by Tobias Powalowski (tpowa) - Friday, 06 January 2006, 18:27 GMT
Task Type Bug Report
Category Installation
Status Closed
Assigned To Judd Vinet (judd)
Architecture not specified
Severity Medium
Priority Normal
Reported Version 0.7 Wombat
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 100%
Votes 0
Private No


Had a repeated (3x) problem installing grub to the MBR of a disc that had previously had its MBR written using LILO (a Frugalware installation), when installing more than just the base packages from the 0.7.1pre (full as opposed to base) iso CD. Although the installation stated that grub had been installed correctly, it refused to boot and gave grub error 15 (or 17) from memory.

Selecting only the base packages during installation allowed grub to successfully overwrite the MBR and subsequently boot properly.

I believe I had experienced the same problem with a previous (v0.6) installation.

Not sure if this is covered by other installation bug reports but thought it was worth reporting.
This task depends upon

Closed by  Judd Vinet (judd)
Monday, 10 April 2006, 06:40 GMT
Reason for closing:  Fixed
Comment by Judd Vinet (judd) - Saturday, 07 January 2006, 21:04 GMT
What filesystem are you using on your root device?

Do you have a separate /boot partition? If so, what filesystem?
Comment by Bob (Cotton) - Saturday, 07 January 2006, 22:24 GMT
The disk is partitioned as hda1 (3 GB) - ext3 and hda2 as swap (240 MB).

No separate /boot partition.
Comment by arjan timmerman (blaasvis) - Saturday, 25 March 2006, 22:11 GMT
does this still happen with 0.7.1 ?
Comment by Bob (Cotton) - Sunday, 09 April 2006, 21:26 GMT

Installed 0.7.1 (all apps) with lilo as a bootloader on a system with hda1 as / and hda2 as swap. Repeated the install, this time using grub. No problems rebooting.

Fault report can be closed.