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Old 03-21-2007, 07:15 PM   #1
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Trouble starting out with Debian BDI 4.51 with EMC


Greetings,

I am a newbie to Linux and attempting to rebuild my old tower (P233 with 1-4gb drive and 1-6gb drive) into a Linux EMC machine for a DIY Project.

From LinuxCNC.org, I downloaded the above noted distribution. After CD burning issues and cdrom hardware problems on the older computer, I was able to successfully install the distribution. At the end of the install, I received a note indicating the install was successful and instructing me to reboot the computer.

I rebooted the system and changed the boot device in bios to IDE 0 (I tried IDE 1 thru 4 later as well). I could not get the system to boot up.

I reinstalled the software and tried again. Each time I got to the reboot instructions and got no further than before.

Anyone have any suggestions on how to proceed?



Thanks,

Brian G.
 
Old 03-21-2007, 07:23 PM   #2
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Did you, or the installer, install a bootloader? If so, use the Live CD function to access the file /boot/grub/menu.lst on the IDE disk and post it's contents here.
 
Old 03-22-2007, 10:11 PM   #3
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Live CD

I was the installer and kinda working in the dark. Unless the bootloader was part of the cd image that I downloaded, then no. Not sure where or what to do here.

I had to use a floppy - CD boot since my system cdrom is not adapi compatible. VIa that method I was able to boot the CD image and load Debian.

I am at the reboot stage and cannot get the system to boot up. (perrhaps I had to bootloader then??)

Putting in the CD just restarts the installation process.

any thoughts on what I might do next?

Brian G
 
Old 03-22-2007, 10:24 PM   #4
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You can do one of 2 things:
a) visit the Debian packages repository, locate the grub package for your architecture and install grub from that, or
b) get to source and d/l from http://www.gnu.org/software/grub/ Install as per their instructions

However, during the install process, you should have gotten the question on where to install grub. Apparently you haven't. Would it be a good idea to exchange the cdrom device for a more modern design that facilitates a direct install from cdrom? You'd only need it for installation, after that you can replace it with it's current device.
 
Old 03-27-2007, 08:26 PM   #5
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after alot of research, it turns out Grub was installed and the partitions alloted by it (single boot clean wipe on install).

I rechecked all the bios settings and the IDE-0 was correct. TUrns out that the message on reboot was:

loading boot record from IDE-0..OK
| (<----blinking cursor)

And there she sat for several hours (overnight actually) and I never successfully booted up.


So something else appears to be the problem. At this point I am about to pack it in for Linux until another day and a newer machine. I will probably plop in FreeDOS and a DOS version of the control software. to get started on what I really need to be working on.

Brian G.
 
  


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