Almost sounds like a hardware problem - HDD maybe?Most of the time its when initalizing firewire ohci-1394 but othertimes its for firstboot or swap space.
me either - damn grub! I'd love to see a bootloader that had a choice of options to choose rather than having to remember them, how hard could it be?I don't know how to do that.
tried typing 'man grub' at the command terminal? Silly, but if you dont know about manual pages then check them out :-)