View Full Version : NO Fedora Grub?
18th January 2006, 07:01 AM
I'm running an Abit KV8 MAX3 mother board, 512M mem. AMD Athlon 64 3200+ CPU. ATI Radeon 9800 Pro AGP, Maxtor 114GB drive.
I already have win2k and Ubuntu installed. Ubuntu runs - windoze does a little bit some days. FC4 is also installed, but unbootable. When I installed FC4 it didn't see the Ubuntu grub so I told the installer to DON'T do that ( it said if you already have one - don't load another.
Now - should I go in and let FC4 install it's grub, Modify Ubuntu grub to work, or some other solution?
18th January 2006, 07:37 AM
I'm no expert, but I'd suggest adding FC4 to the grub Ubuntu installed (otherwise, it may overwrite Ubuntu's grub, making that one unbootable).
I installed a different distro (Debian) on an unused partition, and added it to the grub menu that Fedora installed. What I ended up doing was, copying Debian's vmlinuz & initrd over to Fedora's /boot partition and added the info to '/boot/grub.conf' (I think that's the file).
You should be able to tell what to add/change by looking at the original lines - just make sure you give the vmlinuz & initrd unique names so you don't overwrite Ubuntu's boot files.
18th January 2006, 08:00 AM
I have tried to do some simple editing to Ubuntu grub. Haven't made it work yet. I think the reason FC4 didn't "see" the existing loader is because it isn't in the MBR - it's in Ubuntu's primary boot partition - - - I think but I'm not sure. I'm also pretty sure Ubuntu has no "grub.conf" file only the "menu.lst". That may be another reason FC4 didn't see Ubuntu grub. I'm also wondering if I need to make some changes to FC4 grub.conf file to get it to recognise the loader. I don't want to loose Ubuntu right now - - since win2k is broke - - it's the only stable platform I have. When I ger FC4 going - win2k for sure and prob'ly Ubuntu will leave and Ill load PLD, Gentoo, maybe Debian, SUSE
18th January 2006, 08:24 AM
On my Fedora 4 system, '/etc/grub.conf' is a symbolic link to '/boot/grub/grub.conf'. Also, '/boot/grub/menu.lst' is a symbolic link to '/boot/grub/grub.conf' (which gets confusing trying to remember the "real" name - I just edit it as '/etc/grub.conf').
It might help if you post your 'menu.lst' file as an attachment, along with a description of your harddrive(s) (ie: what partitions you have on each, what type, etc.). You only need to give the info on the relevant ones.
When you turn the computer on, if you get grub's menu, you should then be able to boot any of your choices from there. For example, when I turn my system on, I get Window's boot loader (on the first drive's MBR). One of the options is to call grub (on the 2nd partition). From grub, I can either boot Fedora 4, Debian, or Windows.
One problem I've read about is not being able to boot certain filesystems (I think reiserfs was one that caused problems).
18th January 2006, 08:53 AM
Just got Ubuntu grub working. I was not aware that Linux distinguished between upper and lower case characters in file names
Now I gotta resolve the Distraught Corn issue.
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