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Re: Bug - SCSI and IDE drives

From: Goran Koruga
Subject: Re: Bug - SCSI and IDE drives
Date: Fri, 29 Dec 2000 13:16:35 +0100
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On Fri, Dec 29 2000, James Magnusson wrote:

> I just installed Caldera eDesktop 2.4 on to a dual processor machine at
> home. And it took two days to figure out why Grub wouldn't boot linux.
> It would just give me its command prompt. The reason it was doing this
> was because I had the BIOS set to boot off of SCSI frist. And this was
> confusing it. For whatever reason once linux starts up it assigns the
> IDE drive as (hd0) and the SCSI drive as (hd1), but the system was set
> to boot the SCSI drive first making it (hd0) and the IDE (hd1). I ended
> up have to go into my BIOS and change the boot order to boot off of the
> 1st IDE drive fist. And then install Grub to the MBR to get it to load
> linux.
>     I tried to reconfigure Grub so that it would be able to find the
> boot partion on start up, but when I tried to reinstall it would
> complain that it didn't exist. Of course if  I let it the way it was and
> restarted it would still complain that it didn't exist. I checked by
> using the root command and booting off of the SCSI drive root was
> (hd0,0) not (hd1,0) like in the confige file. The first partion on the
> SCSI drive is the / dir of linux and the fist partion on the IDE was
> empty (it now has WinNT 4.0)

Well it's BIOS which boots from the desired drive. GRUB will try to load
stage2 file from default drive by default. You can change this with 'd' flag
to install command. Consult documentation about it. You can also revert the
order of drives (that is, swap hd1 and hd0) in GRUB. That's also in docs ;).

>     On windows NT 4.0 Grub wouldn't boot it if it was an NTFS partion.
> but when I reinstalled NT as a FAT partion it worked fine.

GRUB doesn't understand NTFS, it knows about ext2, fat, minix, resier,
and ffs file systems. You can boot NT using chainloading.

Hope this helps,

> Now that I finally  have Grub working I like it. But formating a 2GB
> partion in FAT wastes space.
> BTW - It's an Tyan S1696DLUA w/ Intel 82371AB (PIIX4) and Adaptec 7895
> ultra-wide controller on board, (2) PII 333Mhz, 256MB Ram, the IDE drive
> is a Maxtor 90843D4, the SCSI drive is a Seagate ST1910W. The version of
> Grub is 0.5.94
> James
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