Redhat Conversion NIGHTMARE

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I am a Redhat newbie by ANY stretch of the imagination and I was given and accepted the challenge of virtualizing our existing RedHat installation (ver. 5.11)…YES I know it is super old…but the hardware is dying so it is more important to get it off there first….to that end; I used the VMware converter tool which seems to work fine until the very end   97%…and then it fails….I then boot up with “No Operating System found”…even a dummy like me realizes that it is looking for the grub loader in the boot partition but I am clearly too stupid to understand the myriad of ways that people are tossing around to deal with it….I have found numerous articles about the same thing…sort of….but I still have NO idea how to fix it.


I recently tried this but when I try to access the directory they are referring to with vim…there is nothing there…so that is yet another dead end.


VMware P2V Linux Conversion – The Essential Methods


FAILED: An error occurred during the conversion: ‘GrubInstaller::InstallGrub: /usr/lib/vmware-converter/ failed with return code: 0, and message: Installing GRUB1 on (hd0)… GNU GRUB version 0.97 (640K lower / 3072K upper memory) [ Minimal BASH-like line editing is supported. For the first word, TAB lists possible command completions. Anywhere else TAB lists the possible completions of a device/filename.] grub> root (hd0,0) Filesystem type is ext2fs, partition type 0x83 grub> setup (hd0) Checking if “/boot/grub/stage1” exists… no Checking if “/grub/stage1” exists… yes Checking if “/grub/stage2” exists… yes Checking if “/grub/e2fs_stage1_5” exists… yes Running “embed /grub/e2fs_stage1_5 (hd0)”… 15 sectors are embedded. succeeded Running “install /grub/stage1 (hd0) (hd0)1+15 p (hd0,0)/grub/stage2 /grub/grub.conf”… failed Error 6:

Mismatched or corrupt version of stage1/stage2 grub> ‘



Could someone PLEASE give me precise instruction on what I can do to fix this and explain it as if you were talking to a 10 year old?



Thank you!!

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