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techlab Mar 31, 2010 06:36 PM
Error installing grub boot loader, getting following error:

The installation of 'grub-pc' in /target/. failed

It is the first time that I am using and have downloaded the latest 3.1.1 iso version. During the installation I have chosen all the default settings except for changing the domain name and user details. Everything seems to be installing correctly until it gets to one of the last steps, installing the Grub boot loader.

From what I can gather when searching on the internet is that others have similar issues with new systems that use RAID controllers. However I don't think I have such a controller. I do have a SATA harddisk that may be the problem. Here are my hardware specs:

Intel Desktop Board D945GCLF2 with Integrated Intel Atom 330 Processor
2TB Harddisk (SATA)
2GB Memory

As of yet I've been unable to find any solution to this problem. I hope there is some way to set up the boot loader manually, as everything else seems to be installing fine.

If anyone can help me with this I would appreciate it. I very much like to try out this software.
Replies (5)
dhiraj Apr 02, 2010 12:03 AM
Ah yes, it's quite possible that grub is having trouble creating a boot record on your RAID or particular RAID controller. What's the make/model on that?

Try this, install a standard Debian 5 CD and see if *that* works or gives you more information on what drivers you need. You could also try this with an Ubuntu 9.10 CD as well, it may have more/different drivers.

I'd also try the "lilo" boot method, if I were stuck in your particular situation.
Alternatively, simply use a non-RAID controlled hard disk for success.
Another option (a bit more towards the extreme?) is to install it on a different computer but with this one's hard disk on it and bring the hard disk back into this configuration once the setup is complete. It's really just stuck in the absolute last step, you just have to get the grub installation to work.
techlab Apr 02, 2010 02:15 AM
Thx Dhiraj, I really like to try and fix that grub boot loader first as everything else seems to have install correctly.
techlab Apr 02, 2010 01:56 AM
I tried the Lilo boot setup as well, but that gave me different errors.
techlab Apr 02, 2010 01:58 AM
I've never had to make a harddisk bootable before. So if someone can point me in the right direction I would appreciate it. As I said before everything seems to install without a problem. Only that grub loader setup fails.