GRUB Loading Stage1.5. GRUB loading, please wait....
Some others here have had similar problems, but they usually have an Error code as well.
My problem is that I get:
GRUB Loading Stage1.5.
GRUB loading, please wait....
with the last underscore here being a flashing cursor. I just stays here ( Not hung I suspect because the cursor line is flashing ).
I can access and read/write all my files on the hard drive, so that seems fine.
I have through 'console' mode only, installed what I believe is a suitable video driver for linux and in particular - PCLinuxOS 2009 distro.
I have tried various ways to recover the MBR and re-issue grub-install and though all outcomes suggest things have proceeded OK, I still only get this..
PCLinuxOS2009 ~ Asus A6Km laptop ~ NVidia GeForceGo7300 ~ 2G RAM ~ 80G HDD
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 1 3873 1951866 b W95 FAT32
/dev/hda2 * 3873 79162 37945530 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/hda3 79163 153047 37238040 f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/hda4 153048 193816 20547135 c W95 FAT32 (LBA)
/dev/hda5 79163 101503 11259832+ 83 Linux
/dev/hda6 101504 105566 2047720+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/hda7 105567 153047 23930392+ 83 Linux
When I have "Repaired" the MBR ( Usually using 'testdisk' ) and bypass linux (and therefore the grub loader), and attempt to boot straight into Vista, same sort of problem, I get to the single flashing cursor page and that goes to be replaced by the standard "Loading Windows" page with only the progress bar on it ~ only there is no "Loading windows" Progress Bar, just a blank screen with the LCD backlight on ???
So something I did when installing PCLos 2009 changed something. If you suspect it still is the graphics driver then a way of installing a driver for vista ( I have on the hdd a suitable driver ) without booting into anything than what a livecd will do, will be helpful and would allow me to 'Rescue' the MBR again and try for the Vista installation so as to start over again. ( I have exhausted all the options offered by the "Rescue" bit from my Vista installation disk.)
Looking for a complete re-install of everything is not an option ~ shouldn't need to anyway ~ because even the LiveCDs will not boot up in other than strictly 'Safemode'.
Any thoughts anyone ?