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Re: [0.5.96] "Error 29: Disk write error", when installing GRUB

From: Martin Sapsed
Subject: Re: [0.5.96] "Error 29: Disk write error", when installing GRUB
Date: Thu, 12 Oct 2000 10:00:12 +0100

Hi all,

I'm new here so please be gentle with me!

I'm trying to use GNU GRUB to boot a local copy of windows 9x and to
netboot a tftpable linux kernel. I've done the latter bit using a floppy
- works fine. I'm now trying to install GRUB onto the hard drive using
the menu.lst below.

On the hard drive are 2 FAT partitions and then an ext2fs partition into
which I want to copy the C: drive as a backup. Currently all that is in
this partition is a /boot/grub directory containing the *stage* files
and the menu. The copy of linux that's running used the GRUB boot
floppy, tftpable linux (2.2.13) kernel and NFS mounted it's root
filesystem. I've mounted hda2 (where the boot/grub stuff is) under

In the grub shell I do 

root (hd0,2)
setup (hd0)

and get the same errors as Thierry got. 

I try 
find /boot/grub/stage2
and it reports

I have looked in the archives as suggested in the original reply to
Thierry's message but can't see anything relevant. Maybe I'm looking in
the wrong place since Thierry got some inspiration there!



Martin Sapsed                                Tel: +44 (0)1248 382409
Computing Lab                                Fax: +44 (0)1248 383826
University of Wales, Bangor, LL57 2DG
                                    I try to take one day at a time,
                       but sometimes several days attack me at once!

------- menu.lst ---------------------
timeout 30
color black/cyan yellow/cyan
i18n (hd0,2)/boot/grub/messages
keytable (hd0,2)/boot/uk.klt
default 0

# For booting Windows NT or Windows95
title Windows
rootnoverify (hd0,0)

title fix
root (nd)
kernel /linux/bzImage-2.2.13 4 root=/dev/nfs

title admin
root (nd)
kernel /linux/bzImage-2.2.13 3 root=/dev/nfs

title floppy
root (fd0)
chainloader +1

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