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Old 08-10-2004, 12:58 AM   #1
Igman
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Debian-Installer RC1 Freezes - Grub


Hi. I've beens using debian for a while now, but i have been using Progeny's version. I have wanted to use GNU/Debian since the biging, but the problem is that it has never been able to properly recognize my sata drive. Well now it can. RC1 seems to work fine, untill it starts to install GRUB. When it starts to install grub it goes fine untill it reaches 50% (Installing root on to hd0).

I have tried both the buisness card (in stable, testing, and unstable) and the netinst version. I am trying to install using the linux2.6 kernel image due to the fact that i have had problems migrating from 2.4 to 2.6 before. I have also tried it with the noapic nolapic option, and it dosen't seem to change anything. I was thinking, maybe lilo will work better, is there any way to change the installer from grub to lilo. Also, has any one else had this problem and is it fixable.

My computer is a pentium 4 2.8 (@3.3) with a P4C800-E Deluxe motherboard and i am trying to install linux on to my segate 120gb sata harddrive. I also have 2*73.3 scsi hdd running windows on an adaptec controler (the old 160 model) and i have tried disconecting that and it dosen't apear to help. I would appreciate any help.
 
Old 08-10-2004, 03:09 AM   #2
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Hi there!

I managed to break my linux system yesturday so tried out the new rc1 installer... I have the same motherboard as you do. Iīm not sure about GRUB, never used it, but try starting the installer with the expert26 command. It will use the 2.6 kernel and give you more options during install. It isnīt even much harder than the default mode. In expert mode you can select lilo, which worked perfectly for me. If you have a HT pentium 4, you need to select the SMP kernel afaik. (2.6.7-i686-smp, 2.4 kernels do not work well with asus P4C800-E)

btw: Very impressed with the new Debian installer! It managed to load all right modules etc perfectly.
 
Old 08-10-2004, 03:30 AM   #3
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When Grub fails to install and the installer throws you back to the main menu, you should try to install Grub again. For me Grub never installs on first attempt, but the second attempt is always successful.
 
Old 08-10-2004, 06:30 PM   #4
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Originally posted by vrln
Hi there!

I managed to break my linux system yesturday so tried out the new rc1 installer... I have the same motherboard as you do. Iīm not sure about GRUB, never used it, but try starting the installer with the expert26 command. It will use the 2.6 kernel and give you more options during install. It isnīt even much harder than the default mode. In expert mode you can select lilo, which worked perfectly for me. If you have a HT pentium 4, you need to select the SMP kernel afaik. (2.6.7-i686-smp, 2.4 kernels do not work well with asus P4C800-E)

btw: Very impressed with the new Debian installer! It managed to load all right modules etc perfectly.
Hey, i tried lilo, and it seemed to work, but after when i tried booting i got this message:
Code:
Loading Linux
Block move error 0x03
And it kept repeating it self. Any ideas?
 
Old 08-10-2004, 09:14 PM   #5
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Ok, i tried doing a debian install w/o a boot loader with the hope of booting into knoppix and apt-getting grub, which i have had more success with in the past vs. lilo. I got debian installed sans bootloader and succefully booted into knoppix and chrooted into my new debian enviorment. I installed grub according to these directions. It seemed to work, but when i tried booting i got a screen that was like L 99 99 99 99 99 99... Any ideas?
 
Old 08-21-2004, 11:46 AM   #6
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It appears that LILO hasn't been succesfully cleared from your MBR. The 'L' is from lilo - the numbers are an error code. As lilo runs, it prints L, I, L, O successively, each of which indicates a different stage. Try http://www.preggers.easynet.be/lilo.html
for info on the error codes (9 is "ROM-BIOS checksumm error" which doesn't seem particularly helpful!)
 
  


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