GRUB Hard Disk error (Gesundheit, WHAT?!)

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#1

Well… It happend yesterday. I happily installed a new software package called “Wine” on my Mandriva Linux computer. (I do not use Windows at all) It is a program that lets you use Windows applications in Linux. I installed a game which automatically switches to fullscreen when started. That is what it did but it didn’t seem to be running correctly. So I used different key-combinations to switch back to the desktop. Didn’t work, so I physically turned off my computer. I turned it back on and it just gave me this message: GRUB Hard Disk error
– White on black.
In BIOS I tried different boot orders, tried to boot from my installation CD, but there was one problem: My installation disc is a DVD and the DVD drive was not listed in BIOS. Consequentely, I couldn’t boot from my DVD. What can I do about this now?
I googled the message “GRUB Hard Disk error” a little, but most of the cases I found were not similar to mine or the posters were Linux-freaks (which I am not, I am a newcomer when it comes to Linux) who used vocabulary that I was not familiar with. I figured that most of these cases were related to having Linux and Windows XP on one computer. I don’t; I only have Linux.
So, again, what can I do? :confused:
All I need is some instructions in plain English… Please… I appreciate any help in advance.

//SunWatcher//


#2

Gesundheit is german and means health.


#3

@chef: I am aware of that. Read my signature. Besides, that is not what I asked for.

Edit by TimC : A totally unnecessary attack on[B] chef[/B] has been removed.


#4

@Sunwatcher

Your little rant against [B]chef[/B] wasn’t really necessary at all and is not the best way to solicit help. Notice that I’ve removed all of that as I felt it unwarranted. Take this as a warning please.

What I found was this little comment [I]“Your BIOS is buggy, and it’s lying to GRUB about the geometry of your hard disk.”[/I] That would suggest to me that the BIOS has perhaps been corrupted & needs reflashing or that you need to detect the drives again. Maybe a clear of the CMOS would be in order.


#5

Yup, your DVD-drive should be present in BIOS and bootable, no matter what’s wrong with GRUB or your OS. Check your hardware setup.


#6

Have you got more than one optical drive? Sometimes the BIOS will only let you boot from the first CD/DVD drive. If you have a DVD drive and a separate CD drive, disconnect the CD drive and set the DVD drive jumper to master.