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Grub on MBR just won't "take"

> Maybe I'm wrong here, but doesn't one of the partitions on the drive
> need to be marked 'Active'? Also, BIOS needs to know which drive to
> start the booting process from, so if you've got two drives, make sure
> the one your installed grub to is setup as the first drive your BIOS
> sees, and that its set to boot from it (sometimes called C: to the
> -Josh

Hmm, I think I did all that.
The partition is marked active in fdisk, and I can bring up a BIOS-based
boot menu to select which drive to boot from.  Trying to boot from that
drive gives me an error that a boot record is not found.

I've got three drives in the machine: one Maxtor, two Western Digital, and
so choosing based upon model number helps me confirm which one is hd0/hda.


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