[Novalug] Ubuntu Grub question
angelo at freeshell.org
Mon Apr 2 17:48:37 EDT 2007
John Peck wrote:
> On Sunday 01 April 2007 08:05 pm, Angelo Bertolli wrote:
>> John Peck wrote:
>>> I'm using Ubuntu on some of my computers. I've had boot issues on my dual
>>> boot machines. If I recall Grub complained about something being over the
>>> 1024 cylinder and couldn't continue. Installing Mandrake with Lilo on the
>>> same machine worked OK. I want to switch from Mandrake to Ubuntu on my
>>> main workstation but want to be sure I won't have a Grub issue. Is there
>>> a way to test my existing system for this Grub issue before installing
>>> Ubuntu? If Grub is going to be an issue is there a repair or workaround
>>> after Ubuntu is installed?
>> Where did you install grub? If you installed in the MBR, then this
>> shouldn't be happening. Where is your /boot partition in relationship
>> to the other partitions on the disk?
> I think I see the issue. The /boot is part of the / directory. The drive is
> partitioned out with windows as the first then ext3 / partition, a swap then
> the rest as /home. I've carried this setup through a number of Linux
> distributions based on what the original distribution recommended. Mandrake
> has used Lilo as the bootloader everytime. It looks like I'll either need to
> repartition or just try the Ubuntu install and hope for the best. I really
> don't want to destroy my windows partition because I do not want to go
> through the install and hours upon hours of security patches.
I think I had a "funny" problem like this on an older computer once
too. Even though it was supposed to be a computer that didn't have the
addressing limitation, GRUB (maybe certain versions?) just didn't work.
And for some really strange reason LILO did. I never really figured out
why. The fact that LILO works and GRUB doesn't makes me think that you
do not have an addressing problem. However, putting the /boot partition
in the front did make this problem go away. \
Maybe the simplest solution for you is to install LILO. A more
complicated solution would be to move the partitions around. I'm not
sure gparted can move the *beginning* of an NTFS partition or not.
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