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Grub stage 1.5 Error: 2


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Hi, i just finished installing slackware 13 and this is the first time i'm using linux. When the setup was finished and i removed the slack-cd and rebooted, i get this message:

 

GRUB Loading stage1.5.

GRUB loading, please wait...
Error 2

 

From what i've learned this Error 2:

 

"Selected disk doesn't exist"

This error is returned if the device part of a device- or full filename refers to a disk or BIOS device that is not present or not recognized by the BIOS in the system.

 

This sort of makes sense since during installation i could not use cfdisk to partition; using cfdisk showed me 600mb of free space on hda, however fdisk -l showed me my 2 harddrives of 250gb each, named sda and sdb. I then had to partition in fdisk and continue with the setup. I don't know if this is the way it's supposed to work, but my guess is that the reason grub can't find my root (or whatever it's looking for), is the same reason cfdisk couldn't find my drives, i.e grub is looking for hda1 or something, when it should be looking for sda1.

 

Here's where i'm stuck: I have no idea how to access menu.lst and change the drive it should be booting from.

 

I would appreciate any help on the matter.

Marcus

 

Edit: btw, i have absolutely no idea what "hda" is in the cfdisk list, i have no partition of that size, it just doesn't make sense to me.

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Are you able to get to any GRUB menu/prompt at all, or does the system just hang there at the error?

 

If you can get a grub> prompt, you may be able to manually enter the right commands to boot the OS (noting them down!) and then modify menu.lst and/or reinstall GRUB to fix the problem and have booting working properly at all times.

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After reinstalling and chosing to install lilo to MBR manually, i don't get the Error: 2 anymore. The only problem now is that ive got a black screen without prompt or anything for 1 - 2 minutes before i get to lilo screen, but i can still boot up linux so just a minor inconvenience really.

 

Thanks a lot for the answer :)

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