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#1 2012-12-29 07:44:42

Isaac Horvath
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Registered: 2012-12-29
Posts: 5

GRUB Doesn't Show Up

Hello Archers,

I'm trying to install Arch on a Lenovo Ideapad Z580. Everything seems to be going well, except for when I exit the live install and reboot. GRUB doesn't show at all, not even an error message. It skips right over and tries to boot from any other device before opening a boot menu.  My partitions are as follows:

/dev/sda1   Windows Loader
/dev/sda2   Windows Loader (I have no idea why there need to be two of these)
/dev/sda3   Extended
    /dev/sda5   Arch Root
    /dev/sda6   Arch /home
/dev/sda4   Lenovo Recovery Thingamajig

GRUB installed to /dev/sda without errors. I tested (following the instructions in the Beginner's Guide) and confirmed I'm not using UEFI. However, there is an option in my BIOS to enable it. I had Fedora installed previously, with GRUB working fine, but Windows messed it up somehow and I erased it to install Arch. It might be useful to know I had Arch working in VirtualBox on Fedora.

I would post the contents of grub.cfg here but I'd have to type it up by hand, so if there's any specific section you need to see let me know. Also, I'm not sure how relevant it is; I tried installing Syslinux as well and got the same problem. I was wondering if it has anything to do with my root being on a logical partition.

Thanks in advance for any help or advice you can offer,
Isaac

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#2 2012-12-29 11:02:53

shulamy
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From: israel
Registered: 2010-09-11
Posts: 323

Re: GRUB Doesn't Show Up

i guess the hidemenu option is on or timeout is 0.

so edit the configuration file to change it.

you can press a key at the right time to show the menu anyway

but i'm not sure if it's any key or a specific one - maybe tab key.

ezik

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#3 2012-12-29 17:06:52

Isaac Horvath
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Registered: 2012-12-29
Posts: 5

Re: GRUB Doesn't Show Up

Thanks, but I highly doubt that's the issue, as Syslinux doesn't work either. I noticed that when I run grub-mkconfig I get the following output:

Generating grub.cfg ...
Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-linux
Found initrd image: /boot/initramfs-linux.img
  No volume groups found
[ 2002.052465 ] SQUASHFS error: can't find a SQUASHFS superblock on sda3
[ 2002.058903 ] EXT4-fs (sda3): unable to read superblock
[ 2002.082167 ] EXT4-fs (sda3): unable to read superblock
[ 2002.088330 ] EXT4-fs (sda3): unable to read superblock
Found Windows 7 (loader) on /dev/sda1
Found Windows 7 (loader) on /dev/sda2
Found Windows Recovery Environment (loader) on /dev/sda4
done

It doesn't seem to be identifying my Arch partitions, sda5 and sda6.

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#4 2012-12-29 19:27:42

Isaac Horvath
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Registered: 2012-12-29
Posts: 5

Re: GRUB Doesn't Show Up

I fixed it. I deleted sda3, sda5, and sda6, and made a new sda3 and installed Arch to it. Thanks for the help.

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#5 2013-01-03 20:57:28

teateawhy
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From: GER
Registered: 2012-03-05
Posts: 1,047
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Re: GRUB Doesn't Show Up

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