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Re: More removable drive problems

From: Yoshinori K. Okuji
Subject: Re: More removable drive problems
Date: Thu, 04 Apr 2002 12:11:30 +0900
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At Wed, 3 Apr 2002 18:55:41 -0600,
Grant Edwards wrote:
> Now I can only boot hdc when hda is plugged in. I've tried
> mapping the drives before chainloading hdc, but the copy of
> GRUB on hdc gets upset if hda isn't there.  Switching back to
> LILO will solve that problem, but there are things about GRUB
> that I really like (not having to re-install everytime I change
> the configuration).

That's because GRUB specifies a boot drive explicitly at the
installation time by default. You can change this behavior, using the
command "install" directly, so that GRUB uses a drive passed by BIOS
or another boot loader.

This was a workaround for buggy BIOSes, but I suspect that this may
have been merely a bug in GRUB, because we now know some BIOSes
trash a drive number when checking LBA support and GRUB has a
workaround for those BIOSes. So it might be a Good Thing to stop
embedding a drive number by default.


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