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After I installed FC4 , my CD ROM opens automaticly right ? Asking me to remove the installation cd , and I did . Then I click REBOOT.
It reboots then I received this error msg : DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER
I pressed enter so many time but this msg is just blinking for 1 second then appear again.
I tried 3 different sources for the CD. 1st one is from Fedora website, 2nd one is from my uni mirror , and the 3rd one is from DVD that comes with my FC4 book. All these gives the same error msg.
With the Windows XP cd I can only get to FC. Because I DONT setup dual boot. Im also HAVE NO IDEA how can a windows xp cd boot FC4.
After I put windows xp cd , I pressed enter , then the screen turn blue , then FC4 starts. But I dont want to be doing this everytime I turn on my computer. Also this tells me that theres something wrong with the installation.
Maybe you will need to start afresh.
Delete all the partitions and create a new setup.
Let Fedora CD/DVD whatever you are using automatically format the partitions for you.
(If you aren't smart enough to know about the manual partitioning, drop a message here, and i will tell you how is it done.
I will require information about the Hard Disk and RAM for that purpose.)
Then install Fedora Core.
Choose the Location of the Boot Loader as the MBR (Master Boot Record).
That should solve the problem.
Long story short, you will need to do a Clean Install of Fedora Core.
Okay.....so here we start.
Put the Fedora Core CD/DVD in.
I hope you haven't changed the BIOS (CD ROM should Boot First.)
Now, i don't remember the exact steps to be followed.
But I think that you only need help with Partitioning and Installing the Boot-Loader.
Partitioning comes first.
So when the Fedora core asks you to setup, do the following things.
Lets start Manual partitioning.
I guess the Disk Partitioner for Fedora Core is called Disk Druid.
Delete all the existing partitions using the Delete Button. (I hope that you have backed up all your data.)
Create all partitions as Primary Partitions
First lets create a Swap partition.
Press the New button.
Then enter the size= 512MB (Swap is another name for Virual Memory in Linux)
Format it as Swap.
Now lets create a Root Partition.
Press the New Button.
Then enter the size=<remaining size>But wait....you have one more option here.
Mount it as /
You have the option of creating a new /home partition. If you keep it seperate, then it is good for backups.
Moreover, if you need to format Fedora sometime later, the /home parittion can be retained will all the data.
So if you can decide to use a seperate /home partition, if you want to.
If you decide to use the /home partition, then you may keep the size of the / partition around 10GB
To create a seperate /home partition,
Press the New Button.
In the mount section...select /home
Size = <remaining size>
Then create those partitions using the next button (or whatever it is).
Then when you come to the Install the Boot-Loader Section,
Select MBR as the location.
MBR = hda = hda0
All mean the MBR(MBR is the Master Boot Record.).
Install GRUB as the Boot Loader.
HOPE THIS WORKS.
If you have any doubts, ask before doing anything critical.
Note: the message wanted a rescue CD - you insert CD1 of fedora and type "linux rescue" at the "boot:" prompt. (The installation should not start automatically - you have to press enter at the boot: prompt first.)
It sounds a lot like the windows bootloader was still in MBR (Master Boot Record) ... this time make sure you install GRUB to MBR during that part of the setup process.
And - when you repartition all your drives - tell us what partitions you created and with what attributes.
BTW: I'm sitting in front of FC4 right now. Though duffmckagan seems to be closer to your timezone. Also - really check out the FC4 install notes in www.mjmwired.net - you too duff.
If the first boot device is the CD, surely the system will try to boot from the Cd,and if the CD is Bootable it will boot.(from the CD)
Well, if it doesn't find any bootable CD in the drive, it should simply switch over to the hard drive and boot from the hard-drive without making any comments.