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Preface: I had a working system with a single 80G SATA drive and a ARC-1120 RAID5 setup. The problem was the 80G drive was configured using the E-IDE interface (or ...
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    GRUB does not boot - blank screen - BIOS issue?


    Preface:

    I had a working system with a single 80G SATA drive and a ARC-1120 RAID5
    setup.

    The problem was the 80G drive was configured using the E-IDE interface
    (or one of the old, crappy interfaces) and was getting about 3MB/s which
    was unacceptable. It was configured on /dev/hda1 and the ARC was
    configured on /dev/sda1.

    No matter what I tried I could never get the SATA drive to use the
    ata_piix driver (for whatever reason)

    This was running the 2.6.13 kernel and an older Areca driver.


    Now:

    I attempted to upgrade the kernel and the ARC driver to the latest
    version to see if that would help.

    When I compiled the new kernel, and did a 'make install', I got a
    message "'ata_piix' module could not be found. continuing.. "

    When I tried to reboot on this kernel, it wouldn't even load a GRUB
    message.

    When I mount the drive via 'linux rescue', fdisk -l shows me
    /dev/sda1 through /dev/sda5, so the disk is showing up via the BIOS

    - fsck'ing /dev/sda1

    - grub-install /dev/sda1

    [hangs at grub]

    - manual grub install:

    device (hd0,0)
    setup (hd0)
    quit

    [hangs at grub]

    - I made a GRUB boot floopy disk then tried to do a boot of any of the kernels, all give me:

    Error 15: File not found.

    I suspect it's some kind of interaction with the BIOS and some kind of
    conflict between the BIOS saying /dev/hda1 and Linux wanting to use
    /dev/sda1. [this is a SuperMicro machine]

    Does anyone have any experience with this, or know what I can try next?
    I'd at least like to try and get back to the point of booting on its
    own.

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    Anyone have any suggestions?

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    When you bootup, after you get the Error 15, file not found, hit any key to bring you to the grub prompt.
    Then do

    find /boot/grub/stage1

    then, after finding out where the root partition is, let's say it is on hd0,0, do this

    root (hd0,0)

    Now you will use the tab completion tool to find your kernel.
    Do

    kernel / TAB

    That should give you some completion names, look for boot. Use the TAB button till you have the name of the kernel. Then hit ENTER.
    If you have an initrd, you will have to repeat this process, then hit ENTER, then type boot and hit ENTER.
    I took all this info from Nerderello's grub tutorial
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    Quote Originally Posted by budman7
    When you bootup, after you get the Error 15, file not found, hit any key to bring you to the grub prompt.
    Then do

    find /boot/grub/stage1

    then, after finding out where the root partition is, let's say it is on hd0,0, do this

    root (hd0,0)

    Now you will use the tab completion tool to find your kernel.
    Do

    kernel / TAB

    That should give you some completion names, look for boot. Use the TAB button till you have the name of the kernel. Then hit ENTER.
    If you have an initrd, you will have to repeat this process, then hit ENTER, then type boot and hit ENTER.
    I took all this info from Nerderello's grub tutorial
    Ok, but when I tried 'find /boot/vmlinuz' or 'find 'vmlinuz' nothing was found. I will try the above though, but I don't expect success.. :-/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big E
    Ok, but when I tried 'find /boot/vmlinuz' or 'find 'vmlinuz' nothing was found. I will try the above though, but I don't expect success.. :-/
    Once stage1 is found, you will be able to see vmlinuz.
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