Possbile bootloader issue? Or Grub?
I'm new to these forums, and have every little Linux experience. My question may not be relevant here, but i figured i would give it a shot.
I have a Gentoo linux box running on an old Dell server. Recently i've attempted to convert the image to VMWare using their convertor tool. However i hit an issue (which was resolved in the end, but i think it may be the cause of the issue i'm hitting now).
Basically the Dell server had a Diag partition (i think) at the start of the hard drive (only 20MB in size), but when the convertor tool attempted to convert the Gentoo server, it scanned the server and it looked at the first partition attempting to find an OS. Obviously it couldn't find an OS on the Dell diag partition and failed.
Someone in our department managed to convert the image, but removed the Dell partition during the conversion process. So we have the image now on our vmware server, but when we try and boot the server it fails.
Firstly, we are able to get to the Grub screen and it lists booting to Gentoo or the Dell partition, when we select Gentoo it begin to load and then stops.
I'm just wondering if when we removed the dell partition (i.e. the first partition) whether it was cleanly removed. And due to this the Linux partition has moved forward one "slot". i.e. 0,0 rather than 0,1 (if that makes any sense), but Grub or what ever determines where Linux should be still thinks it's on 0,1.
When i attempt to boot to the Dell partition in Grub i get;
Error 13; Invalid or unsupported executable format
Booting to Gentoo i get;
Filesystem type unknown, partiton type 0xf
Kernel /boot/kernel-2.4.28-gentoo-r7 root=/dev/sda2
Error 17: Cannot mount selected partition.
Any advice or pointers in any direction would be greatly appreciated.