Elyssa & Grub / Installation fails [solved]

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Elyssa & Grub / Installation fails [solved]

Postby hans123 on Sun Jun 15, 2008 2:33 pm

I am trying to install Elyssa on a pc with 1 sata disk. (In the BIOS the sata disk controller is set to run in IDE mode.) I have tried several times times but every time I see the following fatal error at 94% completion:
Unable to install GRUB in (hd0)
executing 'grub install (hd0)' failed.

As a result there is no GRUB directory in /boot and no menu.lst -file. I opened a terminal and tried:

grub> root (hd0,0)
Filesystem type unknown, partition type 0x7

grub> setup (hd0)

Error 17: Cannot mount selected partition

grub> setup (hd0,0)

Error 17: Cannot mount selected partition

grub> geometry (hd0)
drive 0x80: C/H/S = 60801/255/63, The number of sectors = 976773168, /dev/sda
Partition num: 0, Filesystem type unknown, partition type 0x7
Partition num: 1, Filesystem type unknown, partition type 0xe
Partition num: 2, Filesystem type unknown, partition type 0x7
Partition num: 4, Filesystem type unknown, partition type 0x82
Partition num: 5, Filesystem type is ext2fs, partition type 0x83
Partition num: 6, Filesystem type unknown, partition type 0x7
Partition num: 7, Filesystem type unknown, partition type 0x7
Partition num: 8, Filesystem type unknown, partition type 0x7
Partition num: 9, Filesystem type unknown, partition type 0x7

I also issued the command:
mint@mint ~ $ sudo fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 500.1 GB, 500107862016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 60801 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x87aa87aa

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 6374 51199123+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2 12749 15298 20482871+ e W95 FAT16 (LBA)
/dev/sda3 6375 12748 51199151+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda4 15299 57728 340818975 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 15299 15951 5245191 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda6 15952 18562 20972826 83 Linux
/dev/sda7 18563 25090 52436128+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda8 25091 38145 104864256 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda9 38146 44673 52436128+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda10 44674 57728 104864256 7 HPFS/NTFS

Partition table entries are not in disk order

mint@mint ~ $

AFAIK /dev/sda2 is formatted as ext3. GParted shows that as well. I have also tried to install the boot loader to /dev/sda2 and to fd0 with the advanced option in the last screen before installation starts, but the same fatal error is produced.

Help!
Last edited by hans123 on Mon Jun 16, 2008 8:02 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Elyssa & Grub / Installation fails

Postby Nessa on Sun Jun 15, 2008 9:18 pm

Since you want to use sda2, how about entering "root (hd0,1)" then "setup (hd0)"?
I want a balance between tweaking my OS and actually being able to use it.
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Re: Elyssa & Grub / Installation fails

Postby hans123 on Mon Jun 16, 2008 8:01 am

Nessa, thanks for your response. I found a solution somewhere on the Net: not format as ext3 but as ext2. Elyssa and Grub installed without problems. For me totally amazing and not logical, but it worked!
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