> As is covered here http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/kb/article.php?id=280
> followed the instructions to a tee. Don't know if it makes a difference but
> in Fedora 20 x64 I used the install DVD. For Fedora 20 following the above
> kb article was flawless until step 28. There is no quit button at the
> bottom right. The only option is reboot. Since step 28 has a warning about
> "Do not reboot" in bold (for very good reasons) I stopped here. I
> pressed Ctrl+Alt+F2 to get to a terminal. There is no
> "Activities" either as step 29 suggests. From the terminal I
> followed steps 30 to 35. All worked, no error message. Rebooting and all
> was as it should be. BooItBM was still active and Fedora 20 booted.
> However, there was no graphic display for Grub2 just a black screen with
> the words Fedora highlighted and a 5 second countdown at the bottom.
> Fedora booted up ok but there was no splash screen. I checked Grub2 in
> Fedora 20 and there was no /etc/default/grub file at all (there is supposed
> to be one by default) So apparently by not installing a bootloader until
> after installation completes, some of the Grub2 configuration files are not
> created. I had a backup of Fedora 19 x64 and copied over the
> /etc/default/grub file (using TBIview) to a flash drive then as root
> copying this file into the default location. Everything now works. However,
> is there any way that I can setup Grub2 properly after installation so the
> /etc/default/grub is created and I have a default splash screen appear as
> Fedora 20 x64 boots up? I don't care about the Grub2 graphics since I set
> the timeout in Grub to 0 once I know it's working, but I would like the
> default splash screen to appear as Fedora boots up.
What probably happened was that your first partition starts at LBA 63 on that disk, and since you did not include it in the Fedora boot item, Fedora didn't see any partition there and overwrote it when it installed Grub2 to the MBR. Grub2 can use over 100 sectors in some cases - it varies by distribution. I'll test this to verify it's what happened, and if so, update the procedure (this wouldn't happen if the disk was using 2k alignment since the first partition would start at LBA 2048.
On the test installs here, the Fedora splash screen did appear, and /etc/default/grub was created automatically during the install. The /etc/default/grub file is created by the installer, and can be different depending on the install configuration. The grub graphics screen didn't show up, but that doesn't have anything to do with the KB article procedure, since it's doing the same thing (installing grub to MBR) as it would if you were not using BIBM at all.
Edit: In reference to that last sentence, I always got the text-based grub screen right from the first boot when grub was still installed in the MBR, meaning that this is also what a non-BIBM install would look like. I just assumed that this was by design in the case of the Live CD version of the installer, and the grub graphics screen could be added later by installing additional packages, etc.