GRUB error 5; Ubuntu replacing Suse with Win dual boot
I've spent 2 solid days on this now, searching, scouring, ect. I can't quite find exactly what I need . Bear with me....it's kind of long.
I had WinXP and Suse 10.2 as a successful dual boot setup. Windows on drive 1, and Suse on drive 2. For various reasons, I decided to replace Suse with Ubuntu.
Ubuntu FF (Alternate CD) seemed to install fine, but upon reboot I got the GRUB error 5 and system halt. After searching a bit, I found the recommendations for SGD.
I tried every appropriate option in SGD, including advanced options, and the only repair I was able to make was to restore the Windows MBR.
EDIT: I should add that I have been unable to boot Linux directly with SGD.
There were 3 main errors that I got depending on which option I chose:
1) Error 15: /grub/stage1 and /boot/stage1 -- file does not exist (But they do, because I've checked them with Explore2fs from Windows
2) Error 17: file system not recoginized (IIRC, I got this when trying to boot the hda MBR at some point.......probably before I restored it)
3) Another error was that it couldn't find the 'conf' and 'menu.lst' files. SGD offered 4 default locations to check, and none of the worked, but yet Explore2fs clearly shows that they are there.
When I installed Fawn, I started with the guided installer, but then switched to manual because I wanted better control of it......it seemed straight forward enough, but maybe I fouled up something.
Ftr, the linux partition sizes: Swap= @800Mb, Ext3=@145Gb, /Bootfirstname.lastname@example.orgGb
I distinctly recall that the Ubuntu partitioner displayed the /boot partition as #7 in the list. Is that a possible problem right there? Are there any restrictions on the partition count?
Explore2fs from Windows lists two partitions: hdb3, which contains a 'lost and found' directory, nothing more, AND hdb6, which is obviously the main Linux partition.
Now, I installed the demo of '7tools partition manager'. Here's what it shows for drive #2:
Part # Type
1 Primary NTFS ....
2 Primary Linux Swap2 761Mb
3 Primary Linux Ext3 137Gb
4 Extended ....
5 Logical Linux Ext3 2.2Gb
6 Logical NTFS ....
7 Logical NTFS .....
So, it appears that my boot partition is logical instead of primary. But GRUB can still boot from logicals, right?
And there's the fact that the listing above shows the boot partition as #5, but when I installed Ubuntu, the partition manager showed it as #7. Perhaps the manager's listing was inaccurate?
...... I just booted with SGD again, and tinkered with some grub commands that I found online.....with disappointing results.
The 'find' /vmlinuz ; /boot/linuz ; and /sbin/init, finds exactly zilch, but again, Explore2fs shows that they do exist. For some reason, GRUB is unable to properly search the partitions created.
I did get the root command to work on one of the partitions, (hd1,3), I think, but the setup command after that yielded an error.
------------------------------ HERE'S MY MENU.LST FILE
title Ubuntu, kernel 2.6.20-15-generic
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.20-15-generic root=UUID=24154d0f-2e5c-478b-a0f2-5e20a718c08d ro quiet splash grub
title Ubuntu, kernel 2.6.20-15-generic (recovery mode)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.20-15-generic root=UUID=24154d0f-2e5c-478b-a0f2-5e20a718c08d ro single
title Ubuntu, memtest86+
### END DEBIAN AUTOMAGIC KERNELS LIST
# This is a divider, added to separate the menu items below from the Debian
title Other operating systems:
# This entry automatically added by the Debian installer for a non-linux OS
# on /dev/hda1
title Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
I'm exhausted. I hope there's a solution for this.........besides reinstalling both OS's again. Thanks for any help.