GRUB boot loader has serious problems
Posted on 2003-02-26
My GRUB boot loader is so screwed up! When I boot the computer, it starts up around the BIOS, getting the hard disks and CD-ROMs ready, yadda yadda, but when it gets through and tried to boot from the master disk, it totally crashes. I end up at the DOS-like screen with a L, followed by a flashing cursor afterwards that I can't type anything into. The last line literally looks like this: L_
I am able to type this message through this computer only because the boot disk loaded Linux. You know, the boot disk that Red Hat Linux creates for you at the very end of the install? Yeah. But there's a huge problem ... my native OS is Windows, and Windows XP is installed on my master disk, while Linux is installed onto the slave. Uh ... it can't load or even access the master disk or Windows XP!
I am a digital musician (techno, dance, hardcore, electronica, you know). So I really need to get back at my music production on Windows XP. I have about 2,000 songs, 10,000 samples, and thousands of dollars worth in virtual studio technology! So I can't just format and reinstall XP or anything.
I tried downloading the GRUB archive and installing as the instructions prompted to. I extracted the files and, while logged in as root, tried typing "./configure", "make", and "make install". It looked like it worked but when I restared, it really didn't. Same problem.
Here's my configuration:
There's a master disk and a slave disk
Windows XP is installed on the master
The master uses an NTFS file system
Red Hat Linux is installed on the slave
The slave uses an ext3 file system
The boot loader attempted to install to the MBR on the master
The /boot/ directory is on the slave
Some ideas I had:
Making the slave disk the master and vice versa
Popping in the Windows XP install disk/disc and seeing what I can do
Finding some other boot loader of some type
But really, do you think there's a possibility that GRUB will not work on my system? Do you think my master disk is damaged??
One more thing, at the very very end of the Linux install, right after I clicked "Finish" to complete the installation, it gave me dozens of errors in the DOS-like text, sent out kill signals, and restarted to the defective GRUB loader. Thats when I started using the boot disk.
Thanks for all the help!!