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Triple Boot iMac won't boot

Postby 2-7offsuit on Thu Dec 06, 2007 1:32 pm

Following the same method used to install Ubuntu. Found here Although on mine it works without the terminal command during the install. I've reinstalled Ubuntu several times with success, but both times I've tried it with Mint it won't boot. It just hangs at "GRUB loading stage2..." Is there something in the Grub install process that I need to change?

btw- if it matters, this is on the newest aluminum iMac.
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Re: Triple Boot iMac won't boot

Postby 2-7offsuit on Fri Dec 07, 2007 4:36 pm

Is there any more info I can provide that would shed some light on this? I'd really like to get Mint up and running.
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Re: Triple Boot iMac won't boot

Postby tbalci on Sat Dec 08, 2007 6:40 pm

Hi,

i had the same problem. since yesterday i triple boot ubuntu on my mac pro. :-)
maybe someone find a workaround and i can use linux mint on my mac.
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Re: Triple Boot iMac won't boot

Postby newW2 on Sat Dec 08, 2007 8:03 pm

You can also try super grub disk. There is information here:
http://users.bigpond.net.au/hermanzone/ ... ge.html#17

Some things for thought:
It's kind of hard to tell what is happening in your particular instance without posting what the grub error states. Is there not error message of any kind?

A suggestion, based on the fact that you installed another distro on your multi-boot:
Sometimes when I install a distro on my multi-boot test rig, I get a terminal screen that indicates something like:

fsck died with exit status 8
file system check failed
have to manually edit file system
will try to create a log file and I can cntrl D to continue booting
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When that happened I found the following how-to:
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Here's a sample log: [note the disk numbers and uuid numbers are not improtanat - they are from someone else - your mileage may differ]

fsck 1.40-WIP (14-Nov-2006)
/dev/sdb2: clean 550/2692800 files, 129236/5375742 blocks
/dev/sdb1: clean, 11/2048000 files, 107068/4094559 blocks
/dev/sdb11: clean, 228/2692800 files, 131835/5375742 blocks

Modprobe: WARNING: Not loading blacklisted module ipv6
fsck.ext3: Unable to resolve 'UUID=1fb7c9d8-de7f-45b8-93bd-db405d00adba'

fsck.ext3: Unable to resolve 'UUID=1fb7c9d8-de7f-45b8-93bd-db405d00adba'

fsck died with exit status 8

*File system check failed.
A log is being saved in /var/log/fsck/checks if that location is writable.
Please repair the file system manually.

*A maintencnace shell will now be strated.
CONTROL-D will terminate this shell and resume system boot.
bash: no job control in this shell
bash: groups: command not found

terminal saying .........

bash: lesspipe: command not found
bash: dircolors: command not found
root@username-desktop:~#

This is a UUID corruption problem, definitely. What I do on my multi-boot to fix this, is do the following in terminal::

sudo vol_id /dev/sdbx -u (where x is the location of the offending partition)--this will display the UUID you need to...change (note it's a good idea to run the id command for all the disk numbers to have them handy because you need to change those that are listed wrong in fstab - see following).

Type the folowing in terminal:

sudo gedit /etc/fstab

...and replace the UUID for the offending partition with the new one you got from vol_id.
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Re: Triple Boot iMac won't boot

Postby foggytown on Sun Dec 09, 2007 1:54 pm

Hello,

Sorry, I can't offer you help with your issue. But I can confirm that when trying to put Daryna on an Intel Mac Mini, the same thing happens--boot stalls at "GRUB loading stage2..."

There isn't really an error message...it just hangs.

On the same box with the same configuration, Gutsy installs and works fine.
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Re: Triple Boot iMac won't boot

Postby cyberdork33 on Thu Dec 13, 2007 12:42 pm

Seems others are getting this issue too. I am pretty sure it is Mint related as the same issue is not present with Ubuntu proper.
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=638752
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Re: Triple Boot iMac won't boot

Postby foggytown on Thu Dec 13, 2007 2:24 pm

There is a work around in this thread:
viewtopic.php?f=49&t=7522
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Re: Triple Boot iMac won't boot

Postby phibxr on Thu Dec 13, 2007 4:18 pm

A pretty lengthy workaround, I must say. But it looks like the problem has been found at least. I hope this will be fixed in the next release. :)
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Re: Triple Boot iMac won't boot

Postby foggytown on Fri Dec 14, 2007 2:12 pm

phibxr wrote:A pretty lengthy workaround, I must say. But it looks like the problem has been found at least. I hope this will be fixed in the next release. :)


My sentiments exactly.
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Re: Triple Boot iMac won't boot

Postby tbalci on Sun Dec 16, 2007 6:03 am

Hello again,

I have downloaded the Super-GRUB-Disk ISO and burn it to CD, but it also hangs on "GRUB loading stage2...".
Hm... is there the possibility to upgrade from Ubuntu 7.10 to Linux Mint 4.0, without destroying the functional boot? :-)
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Re: Triple Boot iMac won't boot

Postby Guest on Wed Jan 02, 2008 10:42 pm

I have had this problem - you need to install grub on the MBR not on the root partition - this does not affect boot Mac OSX on my machine.
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Re: Triple Boot iMac won't boot

Postby Guest on Fri Jan 04, 2008 4:32 am

The solution - replace the stage files supplied with Linux Mint 4 with those from another Ubuntu distribution - in my case Feisty.

Boot feisty live cd

Start terminal

sudo mkdir /mnt/tmp

sudo grub

grub> find /boot/grub/stage1
grub> (hd0,2)

grub>quit

sudo mount /dev/sda3 /mnt/tmp

sudo cp /usr/lib/grub/i386-pc/* /mnt/tmp/boot/grub/

sudo grub

grub> root (hd0,2)

grub>setup (hd0)Checking if "/boot/grub/stage1" exists... yes
Checking if "/boot/grub/stage2" exists... yes
Checking if "/boot/grub/e2fs_stage1_5" exists... yes
Running "embed /boot/grub/e2fs_stage1_5 (hd0)"... 15 sectors are embedded.
succeeded
Running "install /boot/grub/stage1 d (hd0) (hd0)1+15 p (hd0,1)/boot/grub/stage
2 /boot/grub/menu.lst"... succeeded
Done.

grub>quit


Then reboot machine (I actually crossed my fingers - but that is an optional extra (germans might like to press thumbs together...))

Grub messages appeared and finally the Linux mint Grub menu appearred - Hurrah


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