I installed Mandriva 2008 Spring, booted it a few times. Then I copied the menu.lst stanza for "linux" from the new installation /dev/sdb11 to my existing menu.lst on /dev/sda6. At boot I went to the grub prompt and ran >setup (hd0) (hd0,5) like I've done for a year. But Mandriva will not boot. I get a grub error of Error 2 which from the web I see:
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.
OK. I'm having no trouble booting the other 10 OSes that are on sdb. SuSE, Debian, Ubuntu boot fine from sdb. Faster to reinstall than to debug. So I did. This time I copied an old stanza from the old menu.lst to the new menu.lst of Mandriva (/dev/sdb11). Boots fine both Mandriva and the copied stanza. OK now I point Grub back to the menu.lst I want to use. grub> setup (hd0) (hd0,5) again. Same results, all the old OSes are fine, Mandriva is stuck at Error 2.
So I tried the LiveCD for rescue. In rescue mode it offers to reinstall Grub or MBR or such (I forgot the text). I tried that and got:
"release file doesn't contain 'Mandriva'" then "program exited abnormally". What's that mean?
Mandriva uses links to vmlinuz and initrd. So I edited to have the full file name rather than a link. I tried both UUID and /dev/ ... Still Error 2. :wall:/>
Anyone know what Mandriva is doing that is upsetting GRUB? I see it is still Grub version 0.97 so it should work on another menu.lst. I cannot do
grub>setup (hd1) (hd1,10)
Grub complains about not finding stage 1 and stage 2 although I see they are there. Even when I try a valid entry on sdb like >setup (hd1) (hd1,1) it looks like it works but still shows the menu from /dev/sda6.
This post has been edited by rambutan: 17 April 2008 - 03:40 AM