[CentOS] Problems with 4.3 install - didnt write boot record

Wed Apr 12 23:33:16 UTC 2006
Joshua Baker-LePain <jlb17 at duke.edu>

On Wed, 12 Apr 2006 at 7:05pm, Nick Smith wrote

> the first time i tried to install centos on my fileserver it detected
> my reiserfs drives but then didnt give me a kernel to actually access
> them - strike one

Err, investigating whether upstream supports reiser would have been a good 
first move.

> now im trying centos on my mail server, wipe the drives, created a
> mirrored raid array from the setup, (took over 14 hours to format and

That's *extraordinarily* slow, as in something seems very bad.

> sync) finally finished the install AND IT DIDNT WRITE THE BOOT RECORD!
> when it rebooted i got my grub menu from GENTOO! - strike two,

I've had occasional problems with grub not getting properly installed. 
It's easy to fix.  Put in the first CD, and boot with 'linux rescue'. 
Once it's mounted your install, 'chroot /mnt/sysimage' and 'grub-install 
/dev/sda' and/or just follow those instructions you mentioned.

Joshua Baker-LePain
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Duke University