grub install on a partition does not work if GRUB was already on MBR (Gutsy Tribe-3)

Asked by pitwalker on 2007-07-20

first: sorry for my bad english

I use i386 version
I have one hard disk: /dev/sda
I have 9 partitons
I have 3 primary, others are logical
I install Gutsy to /dev/sda2 successfully (this have BOOT FLAG, I install grub into /dev/sda2!!!)
The menu contains only one UBUNTU (6 kernel) BUT those are 6.06 LTS on /dev/sda3

In other hands the problem maybe caused by pevious Linux on /dev/sda2, and it's previous grub
settings. This was Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop DEMO. (Yes, I delete it.)

when I read menu.lst I surprised!
I see:
...
title Ubuntu, kernel 2.6.22-8-generic
root (hd0,1)
...
but this is not shown on grub menu!
When grub installed previously into MBR
a new GRUB install into a PARTITION BOOT RECORD is not runnable. :(

The solve is
-RANISH->install default IPL
-DOS->FDISK /MBR
or
-install GAG to MBR :)

I like more Ubuntu when this problem is solved with INSTALLER,
not only 3rd party tools.

PS:
I want more choice in grub install, NOT OLNY in alternate CD.
I prefer GAG, I never install GRUB to MBR (when I have the choice).
I dont like in UBUNTU: grub reinstall is too complicated,
Every SUSE version have a menupoint to restore linux boot! (This is very useful and friendly feature)

Question information

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Solved by:
pitwalker
Solved:
2009-02-26
Last query:
2009-02-26
Last reply:
2009-02-26
Paul Dufresne (paulduf) said : #1

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. This bug did not have a package associated with it, which is important for ensuring that it gets looked at by the proper developers. You can learn more about finding the right package at [WWW] https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Bugs/FindRightPackage. I have classified this bug as a bug in debian-installer.

Paul Dufresne (paulduf) said : #2

I feel I SHOULD have a question to ask, but since I don't find one, I'll confirm the bug and let other ask info. :-)

Rafael Sachetto (rsachetto) said : #3

I found this same problem in Tribe 5 LiveCD. I tried to install in a partition with grub in mbr and the installer didn't install grub,

Rafael Sachetto (rsachetto) said : #4

I found this same problem in Tribe 5 LiveCD. I tried to install in a partition with grub in mbr and the installer didn't install grub,

 Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. You reported this bug a while ago and there hasn't been any activity in it recently. We were wondering if this is still an issue for you. Can you try with the latest Ubuntu release? Thanks in advance.

pitwalker (pitwalker) said : #6

The old install was an alternate install.
If the problem is currently exists the solution is still: http://gag.sourceforge.net/
Too hard to write an istaller without problems with many OS-es.
If somebody try more than 2 OS in real environment, this kind of problems are acceptable.

I thanks for all!

mistafeesh (dan-oxdance) said : #7

I've had the same problem too. My first install went wrong due to a defect in the CD I'd burned (damn you ebay!) and then grub hasn't installed. There's nothing in /boot (there should be shouldn't there?) I installed the 32 bit ubuntu server downloaded last week... I have no other OS on the computer so GAG isn't going to be much help as it seems to need an OS to install from. Tried booting from install cd and running install-grub but it's not found. Going to burn a liveCD and try installing grub from there, but it's a big pain in the bum!