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GRUB does not recognize linux partition
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karm2865


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PostPosted: Tue 05 Apr 2011, 15:55    Post subject:  GRUB does not recognize linux partition
Subject description: the partition is not Linux?
 

I have Wary5.0 puppy on a old desk top and love it so I wanted to try lupu on this newer laptop
I am a complete idiot as far as the tek side of Linux no clue as to how to use the command line (read cut and past only).
I am having problems installing grub for lupu5.2.5 on my Toshiba satellite a60 laptop
as live CD lupu525 works but i don’t want to mess with keeping up with the CD and this laptop wont boot from a usb drive
I don’t have this problem with wary so I am guessing the grub installer is broken on lupu 525 but it could just be me being a idiot.
start’
have down loaded lupu 525.iso twice from two sources both pass the mds5
and have had the same problem with both
what i am tiring to do
full install, puppy lupu 5.2.5 to /dev/sda1

format the hard-drive
/dev/sda1 ext3 ,label Linux, flag boot

start universal installer from desktop icon

internal ide or sata hard drive
OK
it finds the hd sda wdc wd8oobeve-00 size 74.35 GiB
OK
full install, puppy sda1 from CD
completed
I check with Pfind there is a grub directory in the boot directory but no menu.lst
so
start the GRUBCONFIG from the pull down menu
and try the simple install because i don’t know enough to do it otherwise
click OK

use the standard Linux console (the safe choice) because i don’t know enough to do it otherwise
click OK

as there is no default entry i type it in

/sda1
the partition /sda1 is not Linux

/mnt/sda1
the partition /mnt/sda1 is not Linux

/mnt/sda1/boot
the partition /mnt/sda1/boot is not Linux

/mnt/sda1/boot/grub
the partition /mnt/sda1/boot/grub is not Linux

so the partition is not Linux?
/mnt/sda1 Linux format ext3 it is labeled Linux it is flagged boot
is some how not Linux
So what should I Do?
I need very simple complete instructions ware to put what and how. this is a new untouched install every thing is ware lupu put it and using the default settings.

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Bruce B


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PostPosted: Tue 05 Apr 2011, 16:24    Post subject: Re: GRUB2 does not recognize linux partition
Subject description: the partition is not Linux?
 

I can tell you what I do. And what I plan to continue doing.

There are software projects I call WIPs. This means Work In Progress.

I put the GRUB2 in this category.

I've not had problems with Legacy GRUB. I think if it is not broke, don't fix
it.

This means if I run into problems it wouldn't be over GRUB2.

I'm not suggesting GRUB2 is your problem or wanting to imply there is
anything wrong with it. Only that as long as something is a work in
progress and I'm not having problems, I don't want to invite them.

Does that help at all?

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karm2865


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PostPosted: Tue 05 Apr 2011, 18:55    Post subject: http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=66573
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to be honest i am not sure if the GRUB is Grub 2 or Legacy GRUB it is what ever comes in Lupu 5.2.5
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PostPosted: Tue 05 Apr 2011, 20:46    Post subject: Re: GRUB does not recognize linux partition
Subject description: the partition is not Linux?
 

karm2865 wrote:


use the standard Linux console (the safe choice) because i don’t know enough to do it otherwise
click OK

as there is no default entry i type it in

/sda1
the partition /sda1 is not Linux
.


Should be /dev/sda1 typed in.

Then grub on mbr.

Then reboot - do not save.

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PostPosted: Tue 05 Apr 2011, 21:00    Post subject:  

For what it's worth, I ran into the same problem trying to install Grub from Lucid 525. See here
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=510726#510726

I ended up using Spup to install Grub successfully.
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PostPosted: Tue 05 Apr 2011, 21:33    Post subject: http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=66573
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ok i tried (typed in.)
"/dev/sda1"
the partition /dev/sda1 is not Linux
no luck.

just because i was out of things to try I decided to give up on GRUB boot-loader, and tried Grub4Dos instead no ideal why a DOS loader would work but had nothing to lose by trying.

I managed to get Grub4Dos to work first try no problem why?
No ideal why
originally this HD had windows xp on it. or maybe something to do with the laptop BIOS.......
all i know it it will now boot.
thanks to all who tried to help
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PostPosted: Wed 06 Apr 2011, 00:58    Post subject:  

Quote:
Should be /dev/sda1 typed in.

Then grub on mbr.

Then reboot - do not save.

Just did this with no problem getting Grub installed and working.

You may be dealing with the old problem of do I call it:
/dev/sda1
or /dev/hda0

Quote:
just because i was out of things to try I decided to give up on GRUB boot-loader, and tried Grub4Dos instead no ideal why a DOS loader would work but had nothing to lose by trying.

I managed to get Grub4Dos to work first try no problem why?
No ideal why

Grub4dos is still a version of Grub. It is not a dos loader. The person that named it decided to call it that. I use it all the time and like it better than Grub.
Do not need to do any manual input and it will find anything that is installed and set up the menu.lst. To me a lot easier to use.
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