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Hello everyone. Ok, so here's the problem I can't get GRUB to install; this is the problem I always have with installing GRUB 1 or whatever Arch uses (from Arch Linux) to my desktops, I didn't have trouble when I tried installing it to USB though but that was on my laptop.

 

GRUB error is (Error 18: Selected Cylinder exceeds maximum supported by BIOS) So how should I install grub I have a boot partition on /dev/sdc2 and the root is /dev/sdc3, windows is on sda1 and sdb1. I don't have any problems using GRUB 2 when it's from an Ubuntu Live CD install. If I had an extra partition I'd just install Ubuntu so it'd install grub then delete Ubuntu after.

 

 


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post #2 of 77
grub should auto-install:

grub-install /dev/

that should return something like "install successfull" which you might want to then update grub:

grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg

it might be grub2-install and grub2-mkconfig depending on what version you have.

[edit] You do know you can use an ubuntu liveCD to install grub2? Just install it like you normally would but mount your /boot to the LiveCD's boot so when you do grub2-mkconfig it saves to the proper /boot... You might have to mess with grub.cfg, the hda(0,0) setting might be off.
Edited by mushroomboy - 3/20/12 at 9:57pm
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How are you saying to install , i.e.  from where etc. ?

     
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Any ilnux command prompt. Just boot up the Ubuntu LiveCD and get into terminal. Here:

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WindowsDualBoot#Installing_Windows_After_Ubuntu

more to the point
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2#Reinstalling_GRUB2
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I'll try using the graphical method (didn't see it) the file copy method didn't work from Ubuntu Live CD. Only problem is I can't get an internet connection on my ethernet port through the live cd.

     
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Ok the problem now is that I need to create a GPT BIOS_boot partition and when I run the commands for that (Using GNU Parted terminal, you can set this using a command such as the following: # parted /dev/disk set partition-number bios_grub on)

     
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[edit] You do know you can use an ubuntu liveCD to install grub2? Just install it like you normally would but mount your /boot to the LiveCD's boot so when you do grub2-mkconfig it saves to the proper /boot... You might have to mess with grub.cfg, the hda(0,0) setting might be off.

I wouldn't recommend that as any time mkinitcpio is called you're potentially going to brick your brick your install.

@OP: It sounds to me like the partition table. Are you installing to MBR? I suspect you're not and if that's the case then that might be a workable solution for you

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oops, just read on and you've already found the cause. I still think installing to MBR might work though (rather than destroying your install completely)
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I wouldn't recommend that as any time mkinitcpio is called you're potentially going to brick your brick your install.
@OP: It sounds to me like the partition table. Are you installing to MBR? I suspect you're not and if that's the case then that might be a workable solution for you
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oops, just read on and you've already found the cause. I still think installing to MBR might work though (rather than destroying your install completely)


I tried installing to MBR (and every other drive) among other things but had no luck. It appears as thought I have a GPT table instead of a MBR table. Which is why I need a bios boot partition though I can't seem to make one... Maybe I need a dummies guide to grub? I seem to have lost my touch.


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I tried installing to MBR (and every other drive) among other things but had no luck. It appears as thought I have a GPT table instead of a MBR table. Which is why I need a bios boot partition though I can't seem to make one... Maybe I need a dummies guide to grub? I seem to have lost my touch.

To be honest mate, I do feel your pain. GRUB is horrible. I absolutely hate it.
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Anyone else have any suggestions? Hell IDK if my install is even viable; I think it is as Boot Repair Live CD detects it as Arch Linux on dev.sdc3 and a /boot flag on /dev/sdc2 but it want's a bios boot partition and I can't seem to make it work. I keep getting an error I'll have to reboot the disc to find the specific one; but I think the entire issue is the GPT.

     
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