[CentOS] grub.conf corrupt in boot grub, fine in rescue shell

Sat Dec 15 06:53:39 UTC 2012
James A. Peltier <jpeltier at sfu.ca>

It's quite likely a software RAID card and when the OS was installed it only installed grub on one of the hard disks, the one that it thought was primary.  I've seen this happen with quite a few software cards.  Each time the OS booted it would load a different hard disk as primary.  If you can, try disabling RAID on it all together.

----- Original Message -----
| I'm trying to load CentOS 6.3 on a used server based on a Tyan Tomcat
| n3400b motherboard. The first 2 drives are configured as a RAID
| mirror in
| the BIOS and the remaining 4 drives are not configured but apparently
| still
| have RAID metadata on them. I hadn't yet figured out how to fix that
| but
| went ahead and loaded the OS on the mirrored set.
| After pulling out a drive from the unused set, grub stopped at the
| grub
| prompt. I can find (hd0,0)/grub/grub.conf but when I cat it I get
| corruption with recognizable fragments. I can use setup (hd0) without
| issue
| but reboots keep dumping me at the grub prompt. I booted into the
| rescue
| environment of the minimal install CD and grub.conf looks just fine.
| It's
| only corrupt when I look at it from the grub boot environment. What
| could
| be going wrong?
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James A. Peltier
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