Random kernel update breakage

Steve Blackwell zephod at cfl.rr.com
Wed Aug 25 14:25:05 UTC 2010

On Wed, 25 Aug 2010 11:14:48 +0300
Gilboa Davara <gilboad at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Tue, 2010-08-24 at 22:29 -0400, Sam Varshavchik wrote:
> > Every once in a while, something breaks when a kernel update gets
> > installed. It doesn't happen every time, I'd say that once in every
> > thirty or so kernel updates, grub fails to come up after a
> > subsequent reboot.
> > 
> > This is just a minor annoyance -- I'd have to boot the install CD
> > in rescue mode, let it mount Fedora on /mnt/sysimage, chroot to it,
> > and execute /sbin/grub-install -- but I'm wondering if anyone else
> > is seeing this.
> > 
> > This just happened again -- after installing,
> > rebooting my laptop only results in a black screen, with a BIOS
> > cursor uselessly blinking away in the top-left corner. Whip out the
> > rescue CD, and now a few minutes later I'm back in business.
> > 
> > But then, I updated a different server to, and it
> > booted the new kernel just fine. Previously, this same server got
> > similarly de-grubbed by an earlier kernel update, but the laptop
> > had no issues being updated to the same kernel.
> > 
I've had this happen to me too. My theory has been that either it has
nothing to do with Fedora at all and it is a BIOS problem or that the
grub device.map file gets reversed somehow. 

In either case, you would have to have 2 disks so
perhaps we can determine if anyone who has seen this problem only has
one disk which would dispel my theory.


Changing lives one card at a time

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