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Problem on boot

Postby Remix_Eyeballs on Sun Oct 14, 2007 8:23 pm

I installed celena 3.1 on a macbook just fine, using my old ubuntu partitions,
and rebooted, expecting a nice, new linux. It started to boot but got no farther that saying:


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GRUB loaded, please wait...


and then stopped, it just froze up. I tried booting from CD again, but it worked just fine.

any ideas?
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Postby Husse on Mon Oct 15, 2007 6:16 am

Welcome to Mint Remix_Eyeballs
Funny nick :) ....
It seems grub has been stuck at stage 1.5 (I think)
If files are ok the situation can probably be rescued if you follow the wiki
http://www.linuxmint.com/wiki/index.php ... _your_grub
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Postby Remix_Eyeballs on Mon Oct 15, 2007 7:22 am

It didn't work, nothing changed.
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Postby Husse on Wed Oct 17, 2007 5:58 am

Can you use the live CD to look into /etc/boot/grub (on the failing hard drive) and tell us what you see.
Also open menu.lst and if possible post the contents here
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Postby phibxr on Mon Oct 22, 2007 12:20 am

Same problem here on an Intel Mac Mini. I've tried wiping out the partition table, MBR and whatnot. Mint is the only distro that does this. Ubuntu/Xubuntu works fine, as do Zenwalk, OpenSuse and Fedora Core.

Any solution to this? Already tried reinstalling GRUB.
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Postby Husse on Mon Oct 22, 2007 6:38 am

In this respect there is no difference between Ubuntu and Mint. I have to read this again and see if I can see what's wrong. Have very little time right now - wont be able to check until wednesday
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Postby Husse on Wed Oct 24, 2007 1:54 pm

Grub is sort of a mini operating system and is the same in all distros (different versions apart).
@ Remix_Eyeballs
Anything else installed?
Perhaps the partition numbering is off....
but why just for Mint
And also as already stated
Can you use the live CD to look into /etc/boot/grub (on the failing hard drive) and tell us what you see.
Also open menu.lst and if possible post the contents here

@ phibxr
Could you post the same here
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Postby Lolo Uila on Wed Oct 24, 2007 8:02 pm

What would really be interesting would be to see the /boot/grub/menu.lst file from a working Ubuntu install, and a failing Celena install.

Also, you might want to give Cassandra a try. Both Cassandra and Celena are based on Ubuntu Feisty 7.04 (they're really the same system with slight differences in the default packages). Logically they should both either fail or work, but there are others that have had Cassandra working while having trouble with Celena. And again, a comparison of the menu.lst might tell us something.

And then there's the standard verify the md5 checksums of the .iso file and burned CD just to make sure that is not the problem.

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Re: Problem on boot

Postby phibxr on Thu Dec 13, 2007 4:04 pm

I still have this problem on my Mac Mini (intel) with Daryna. The LiveCD runs fine and installs without errors, but it gets stuck on Stage 1.5 (note that the same install disc, which is verified with checksum, installs and runs just fine on my HP).

This is, in fact, the situation with many distributions that use GRUB. The strange thing is that Xubuntu 7.10 works perfectly on the mac. Is there *anything* differences between Xubuntu 7.10 and Daryna concerning GRUB? At first I thought that the installer didn't overwrite the old GRUB completely, but after running Zenwalk (which uses LILO) inbetween, I could rule that theory out.

I could list and read the contents of /boot when booting with the LiveCD, but they looked alright to me. I also tried to reinstall GRUB a few times with no improvements.
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Re: Problem on boot

Postby Husse on Fri Dec 14, 2007 10:37 am

I've just "rediscovered" something that can cause problems in "abnormal situations"
Go to /boot/grub/menu.lst
comment out (put ## in front of it) this line
gfxmenu=/etc/grub/message.mint
You get the old dull grub look, but increase the chances that it works considerably
This can be done from the live CD and you need of course to use sudo and - very important - do it on the disk not in the live CD file system
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