Cannot install grub using PATA optical drive and SATA hard drive

Bug #846439 reported by taylorkh on 2011-09-10
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grub-installer (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Ubuntu 11.04 32 bit. Attempting to install on Dell Dimension 4600 Pentium 4 from live CD installation CD. When using PATA optical drive the install brings up a window "Cannot install grub" and allows me to cancel install or install without grub. If I install without grub I can install grub later.

However, if I connect an SATA optical drive and do an identical install - all the same default options, using entire hard drive etc. - install completes successfully.

I have found and reported this PATA vs. SATA issue with Ubuntu server and alternate CDs. Those issues seem to have been resolved by 11.04 and I have so indicated on those bug reports. It looks like the issue needs to be addressed on the normal desktop install.

Colin Watson (cjwatson) on 2012-03-13
affects: base-installer (Ubuntu) → grub-installer (Ubuntu)
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