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kennethB
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2015 6:35 pm    Post subject: Newly-installed system boots to Grub Reply with quote

Hello everyone, this is my first ever time installing Gentoo (used Arch before). I mostly followed the Handbook (except that I used a USB stick for installation image and added an entry to the 40_custom GRUB file) and got to the "Finalizing" step. However when I reboot & pull out the installation image, the system boots to the GRUB prompt.

How do I find out what exactly went wrong?

My setup:
arch: amd64
BIOS
MBR
GRUB2
dual-boot with Windows

Thank you.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2015 8:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Newly-installed system boots to Grub Reply with quote

Hi,

kennethB wrote:
and got to the "Finalizing" step. However when I reboot & pull out the installation image, the system boots to the GRUB prompt.
Thank you.


It looks like grub is not configured in the right way, as described in the steps just before "finalizing".
You can check if the kernel is added to the grub menu-file ( /boot/grub/menu.lst ). That file should at least contain your newly configured kernel.

If not, best would be to go back to that step and rerun the configuration steps.



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 06, 2015 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kennethB

If the prompt says grub> then grub cannot find its configuration file.
It will boot if you type the commands from the configuratio file at at the prompt.

Well, it will try anyway.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 10:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, thanks for your answers. Turns out, grub2-mkconfig does not find any kernels and does not generate a /boot/grub/menu.lst. I must've glossed over that spot in the Handbook because it doesn't report any errors either.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, feels so good to have a bootable, working Gentoo distribution. Thank you again!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kennethB wrote:
Ah, feels so good to have a bootable, working Gentoo distribution. Thank you again!


Good to hear you got it working :-)
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