[lug] weird grub / x11 problem

David L. Anselmi anselmi at anselmi.us
Tue Feb 1 18:15:37 MST 2011

Bear Giles wrote:
> 1) The grub screen shows the 2.6.31-17 kernel and mem test but is
> totally nonresponsive to the keyboard.  There is no 2.6.31-17 kernel
> image still in the /boot partition.  (It had been there but was nuked.
> See above.)

grub 1 or 2?

> 2) The /var/log/messages files shows that the grub loader is seeing the
> actual kernel images.
> 3) The system is running a 2.6.31-17 kernel even though there's none
> installed.

> I can work backwards and realize that it partly works since nothing has
> been changed on the /boot partition after deleting old kernel images.

I don't think grub works that way, unless you force it to.

> But I have no idea why there's a disconnect between what grub is showing
> and what /var/log/messages is showing in terms of recognized kernel
> images, or why grub is ignoring my keyboard entirely.

Are you sure the config grub is using is the one in /boot?  Are you sure the grub that's installed 
is the one you think it is?  Sounds to me like some different partitions are involved.


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