"error: no such disk" when boot ubuntu 9.10

Asked by Jorge on 2009-11-02

I had Ubuntu 8.10 working fine on a 360G HD on a Gateway laptop MX6025, now I decided to go to 9.10 using the entire disk, so I said ubuntu installer take entire disk when partitions screen, everything went fine until reboot, I got a:
"error: no such disk" Press any key to continue...

It returns me to "GNU GRUB version 1.97~beta4" screen where I can select:
- Ubuntu, Linux 2.6.31-14-generic
- Ubuntu, Linux 2.6.31-14-generic (recovery mode)
- Memory test (memtest86+)
- Memory test (memtest86+, serial console 115200)

Selecting any ubuntu option just return me to the:
"error: no such disk" Press any key to continue.

I was able to install 9.10 on a 40G HD same machine but never on the 360G. I have used all my tricks but no successful.

Please help.

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Brandt B (benedikt-benbra) said : #1

Are you having both disks simultaneously in your machine? If so, which one is slave, which is master? And could you please post your menu.lst (located at /boot/grub/menu.lst).

Jorge (jorge-marta) said : #2

It is a laptop and allow only one HD, I had to replace it to test the other HD
Remember I was not able to boot and see /boot/grub/ but I remember seeing that as an external(usb) HD it had only one file, I think /boot/grub/environm (something like this).

What I did is manually select the partitions and selected ext3 filesystem instead of ext4. it avoid the "error: no such disk". I suspect it is because it is an old laptop with a new and large HD for this machine. Well, having ext3 crated a GRUB error 18 problem but I know how to deal with that. I had this error 18 since 8.10 so it is not because 9.10.

For people with error18 what I did is have an external usb-HD connected(may be flash memory works too) during installation and when select the partitions get in to advance and instead of the default hd0, selected /dev/sda1, sometimes it does not work so try /dev/sda/.
Some how it avoid error18

Finally yesterday I was able to boot 9.10, and it is great.

What I did works even I do not understand well what happen. If someone may explain, ... welcome.

Thank you

Jorge (jorge-marta) said : #3

I left this open for a time to allow someone to comment but now I will close it.