message GRUB - no boot. Help

Jeff Vian jvian10 at
Tue Jan 18 14:30:29 UTC 2005

On Tue, 2005-01-18 at 15:08 +0100, Francois Massonneau wrote:
> Le Mardi 18 Janvier 2005 14:25, James Wilkinson a écrit :
> > Francois Massonneau wrote:
> > > Now, when I power on, after the disks checking by the Adaptec SCSI card,
> > > the only message I have is "GRUB", and the system stays that way, with a
> > > continuous noise.
> >
> > What sort of noise? Is it a beep, or something more ominous?
> This noise is not a pb IMHO. During the boot process, just before the grub 
> menu to appear, my system used to beep. Here, that's the same, except that 
> the system stays on that beep, so it's a continuous noise.
That kind of noise/beep is definitely indicative of something wrong.
When that beep occurs you are not even into the boot, just bios as it
turns control over to boot.  It can be several things and should be
checked out by the motherboard/bios makers.

> > Actually, any sound there is fairly ominous. I don't think GRUB does
> > beep: the documentation (info grub or pinfo grub) suggests that it tries
> > to print error messages if there's something wrong.
> >
> > I suspect that there's something pretty wrong with your hardware. Can
> > you set your system to boot from floppy, USB, or CD-ROM? If so, can you
> > try that?
> Yes, I can boot using the first FC3 install disk, in rescue mode. No problem, 
> I can browse the partitions.
> But I don't know how to repair or reinstall Grub or if there is something else 
> to do to make it to work again.
> Help would be appreciated ;-)
> Francois

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