heads up: grub-0.94-1.i386.rpm doesn't boot...

Mark Mielke mark at mark.mielke.cc
Sat Feb 14 06:49:22 UTC 2004

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After installing grub, and doing the normal "root (hd0,0)\nsetup (hd0)\n"
grub did not function properly. At boot time I see a blinking cursor at the
top-right of a blank screen. I experimented a little, and finally restored
grub-0.93-7.i386.rpm from yarrow. It wouldn't boot until I issued another
"root (hd0,0)\nsetup (hd0)\n". So, it looks like the boot sector is bad,
at least, that the boot sector doesn't work with my hardware.

The above is really a simplified explanation. I had to fiddle quite a
bit as I didn't have a boot disk handy, but I do have a second disk in
the machine with a slightly out-of-date working image, with a valid
grub boot sector, and a BIOS that lets me re-order my disks for
booting and enumeration processes... :-)

Anybody is staying on devel-latest may wish to watch out for
grub-0.94.1.  Have a boot disk handy, and keep a copy of
grub-0.93-7.i386.rpm to restore from!


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