Thanks srs5694. Could not install grub-pc as the package grub-gfxpayload-lists could not be found. Downloaded it directly from the server, and now the installation progressed until I got stuck in a terminal called "package configuration" with a text message called "configuring grub-pc". Finally realized that ESC took me to choosing to where install - /dev/sdb3 in my case. Then it seems to proceed normally for a while, but get this towards the end:
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Setting up grub-pc (2.00-7ubuntu11) ...
/usr/sbin/grub-bios-setup: warning: Filesystem `ext2' doesn't support embedding.
/usr/sbin/grub-bios-setup: warning: Embedding is not possible. GRUB can only be installed in this setup by using blocklists. However, blocklists are UNRELIABLE and their use is discouraged..
Installation finished. No error reported.
Generating grub.cfg ...
dpkg: error processing grub-pc (--install):
subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 1
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of grub-gfxpayload-lists:
grub-gfxpayload-lists depends on grub-pc (>= 1.99~20101210-1ubuntu2); however:
Package grub-pc is not configured yet.
dpkg: error processing grub-gfxpayload-lists (--install):
dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
Errors were encountered while processing:
Could it be that my problems stems from using ext3 file system??
Tried my ususal command "sudo grub-install --force --root-directory=/mnt/ /dev/sdb3" which seemed to work as normally. But "update-grub" still would not update grub.cfg properly