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Fedora 18 Grub2 USB (Welcome to Grub halt)

asked 2013-04-10 10:02:32 -0600

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I am attempting to install Fedora 18 on a laptop using a USB device as the boot device. Example:

/dev/sdb [GRUB2 MBR]
 - /dev/sdb1 [/boot ext4]

/dev/sda1 [SWAP LUKS ext4]
/dev/sda2 [LVM]
 - /dev/sda5 [/ LUKS]
 - /dev/sda6 [/usr/local LUKS ext4]
 - /dev/sda7 [/srv LUKS ext4]
 - /dev/sda8 [/tmp LUKS ext4]
 - /dev/sda9 [/home LUKS ext4]

I have performed the installation twice now and each time it gets stuck at the 'Welcome to Grub!' screen.

Steps I have taken:

  • Booted from live CD
  • Mounted & chroot'd into installed env
  • Verfified GRUB2 configuration (/boot/grub2/grub.cfg, /etc/default/grub)
  • Used the 'bootinfoscript' from bootinfoscript.sourceforge.net (output is attached)
  • Ran the following commands per Fedora Grub2 documentation

    grub2-install --recheck --force /dev/sdb grub2-mkconfig -o /boot/grub2/grub.cfg

  • Updated chroot environment using YUM which did upgrade the Grub2 package. I then re-ran commands outline in step 7.

Name        : grub2
Arch        : x86_64
Epoch       : 1
Version     : 2.00
Release     : 15.fc18
Size        : 5.5 M
Repo        : installed

Anyone have any ideas? I have used this same configuration on another machine for versions 15, 17 & 18 without a problem.

============================= Boot Info Summary: ===============================

 => Grub2 (v1.99) is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda and looks at sector 1 of 
    the same hard drive for core.img. core.img is at this location and looks 
    in partition 99 for .
 => Grub2 (v1.99) is installed in the MBR of /dev/sdb and looks at sector 1 of 
    the same hard drive for core.img. core.img is at this location and looks 
    in partition 99 for .

sda1: __________________________________________________________________________

    File system:       crypto_LUKS
    Boot sector type:  Unknown
    Boot sector info: 

sda2: __________________________________________________________________________

    File system:       Extended Partition
    Boot sector type:  -
    Boot sector info: 

sda5: __________________________________________________________________________

    File system:       crypto_LUKS
    Boot sector type:  Unknown
    Boot sector info: 

sda6: __________________________________________________________________________

    File system:       crypto_LUKS
    Boot sector type:  Unknown
    Boot sector info: 

sda7: __________________________________________________________________________

    File system:       crypto_LUKS
    Boot sector type:  Unknown
    Boot sector info: 

sda8: __________________________________________________________________________

    File system:       crypto_LUKS
    Boot sector type:  Unknown
    Boot sector info: 

sda9: __________________________________________________________________________

    File system:       crypto_LUKS
    Boot sector type:  Unknown
    Boot sector info: 

sdb1: __________________________________________________________________________

    File system:       ext4
    Boot sector type:  -
    Boot sector info: 
    Operating System:  
    Boot files:        /grub2/grub.cfg

============================ Drive/Partition Info: =============================

Drive: sda _____________________________________________________________________

Disk /dev/sda: 256.1 GB, 256060514304 bytes, 500118192 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

Partition  Boot  Start Sector    End Sector  # of Sectors  Id System

/dev/sda1               2,048    16,779,263    16,777,216  82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda2          16,779,264   500,118,191   483,338,928   5 Extended
/dev/sda5          16,781,312    48,238,591    31,457,280  83 Linux
/dev/sda6          48,240,640    79,697,919    31,457,280  83 Linux
/dev/sda7          79,699,968   142,614,527    62,914,560  83 Linux
/dev/sda8         142,616,576   163,588,095    20,971 ...
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FranciscoD_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2013-04-10 18:29:34 -0600 )edit

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answered 2018-07-17 05:33:03 -0600

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Why are you installing such an ancient version of Fedora? It will be more difficult to get help with Fedora 26 going end of life let alone Fedora 18. Really? Grub, Anaconda, and tons of stuff has been drastically improved over the years since Fedora 18. Please attempt F28 install and post back results.

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