i've been installing previous versions of lmde xfce with the following setup for a while now:
sda1: 10GB ext 4 set as /
sda2: 3-90GB ext 4 set as /home
sda3: 1-2GB linux-swap set as /swap
and installing the grub to sda1 : seemed to be working for me no matter what drive i was using or what box it was going into....but since i got this respin, the grub seems to be required to be installed @ sda and when you boot to grub in sda1 you get the never ending black screen w/ blinking cursor.
i'd love to know what i'm doing wrong again please.
i also think this is the reason i got critical .xorg display errors when rebooting after install because deleting .x0-lock sure didn't fix it.