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Old 08-26-2005, 06:02 PM   #1
jc70417
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Debian Boot Up Problem - stuck at "BR" & "I"


Hi everyone

I have some sort of problems booting up debian after I swap from drives to drives. I have 2 HDD installed with Debian, Drive 1 is fine when I swap back and forth it boots up correctly, but Drive 2 Has problem after I installed debian and swtich to another HDD then back to Drive 2 it can not boot up. (I manually swtich drives with swaping IDE cables around, not just the booting sequence in BIOS)

It stucks with a line that says "BR..."
then next line says I

after that it does not move at all
If I remember correctly I think as for installing lilo I choose to install them on the HDD and not on the motherboard. However, they seem to act differently.

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated
Thanks in advance

 
Old 08-30-2005, 05:28 PM   #2
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more information please

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Drive 1 is fine when I swap back and forth it boots up correctly, but Drive 2 Has problem after I installed debian and swtich to another HDD then back to Drive 2 it can not boot up. (I manually swtich drives with swaping IDE cables around, not just the booting sequence in BIOS)
so let me get this straight;
if you cold boot with drive 1, that works fine
If you then reset the computer and swap the drives over via cables while the machine is still on (but in the BIOS) then drive 2 works fine and swapping back to drive 1 afterwards in the same fashion works fine, but if you repeat the above starting with a cold boot with drive 2 the when swapping back to drive 2 after swapping to drive 1 sucessfully you get the BR...

Can I ask why you do not cold boot the system each time so as to be changing the drives while no current is in the system ?

Are you using LILO or GRUB boot loader as each should fail with specific characters.
i.e. if LILO fails you get specific parts of the word "LILO" releated to the ERROR, not sure what GRUB does.
 
Old 08-30-2005, 05:36 PM   #3
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If you are using IDE drives, then your problem may be
with jumper settings when u swap the drives. On the back of these
drives, where the cables go in, there is a block of jumpers. They can be
set to master, slave, cable-select, etc. Sometimes the position on the
ide channel cable is a determining factor.
 
  


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