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Why do I get the grub rescue prompt after installing Fedora16?

asked 2011-11-09 14:24:52 +0000

bkite gravatar image

updated 2012-03-13 07:08:09 +0000

Hello I have now tried installing Fedora 16 about ten times without any look of actually booting up. I get a device not found then the grub rescue >

I have installed using the auto mode even and no luck. Traditionally what I have done is have two hard drives in my laptop, one being an ssd. On the 320 HD I set a 500 mb swap and the rest as /home as ext 4. On the ssd I set a 2mb formatted boot, and the rest of the 32GB as an ext 4 mounted at root.

Nothing seems to work, I really wanted to run Fedora after running it virtually for a while now, but am ready to load Mint, but before I do that I hope someone has an idea of what I am doing wrong here. Thanks for the help

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answered 2011-11-09 14:58:40 +0000

asto gravatar image

2MB for boot? I'm sure you need a lot more than that! Or is that not what you meant? In any case, I recommend that you don't format a boot partition at all. Just a root partition, swap and home. If I'm not wrong, fedora will put the boot stuff in the root partition.

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Sorry! I just checked and Fedora recommends a boot partition. Check this page for more


asto ( 2011-11-09 15:02:27 +0000 )edit

Yeah, I will not try setting a boot again, but it keeps asking for it to be set then resizes it on its own. Very odd to is that grub and grub2 have somehow been installed?

bkite ( 2011-11-09 15:02:39 +0000 )edit

Hey I just tried again, using auto mode but still setting where I want partitions to mount "review", and boot up with a grub rescue. Thanks for the link, one last time

bkite ( 2011-11-09 15:55:05 +0000 )edit

answered 2011-11-09 18:59:22 +0000

kiilerix gravatar image

https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/CommonF16bugs#Installation_issues might give some hints

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answered 2011-11-09 14:34:06 +0000

You could try running a live image (CD/DVD or USB) then installing using the "install to hard disk" link from the live desktop.

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answered 2011-11-09 15:31:27 +0000

As grub2 is installed and your system is booting it (hence you get the grub rescue prompt), it may be that grub2 cannot find the files it needs in /boot to load the kernel and initrd to get the rest of the system booted. If your /boot is only 2MB, there's probably nothing in there for grub2 to find! Anaconda (the installer) ought to have given you a warning about this, but it may well not have and tried to continue the install anyway.

Try the install again, with at least a 500MB /boot partition. Depending on your system, you may also need a 2MB "BIOS boot" partition at the start of your disk.

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Yes, sorry meant a 2mb bios boot partition, gave boot a gig this time to play it safe.Thanks for the advice

bkite ( 2011-11-09 16:08:20 +0000 )edit

answered 2012-03-13 07:08:36 +0000

Have you looked at this?


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answered 2011-11-09 14:52:55 +0000

bkite gravatar image

I think the problem is that I am doing that from a live cd, but want to control where items are placed. Right now booting from a ubuntu live cd and it keeps telling me it can't find root even though I am sitting in it.

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Asked: 2011-11-09 14:24:52 +0000

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