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Old 10-20-2004, 04:43 AM   #1
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Fedora booting help


Heya, im a noob (bet you hear that a lot :P)

I just installed fedora, and i cant get my head around the GRUB installer... i have no idea what to type to boot into fedora...

how do i do that? I have Fedora Core 2 on my system

thanks!

p.s. if theres a way to install a better bootloader?
 
Old 10-20-2004, 05:01 AM   #2
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I just installed fedora, and i cant get my head around the GRUB installer... i have no idea what to type to boot into fedora...
You don't have to type anything to boot into fedora;if the install went fine you just boot your pc, select the OS you want to boot into and then hit Enter.
If you only have fedora on your system then you can simply wait until the timeout period is finished and your pc will continue to boot.

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if theres a way to install a better bootloader?
There are two bootloaders which come with most of the linux distros, lilo and grub you already have.
There's no reason to believe that lilo would be "better" than grub but if you wana give lilo a try go ahead, this is the beauty of linux, you can do pretty much whatever you want.
 
Old 10-20-2004, 05:06 AM   #3
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the install apparently went fine (no errors or anything...)

"select the OS you want to boot into and then hit Enter." - the grub i have is COMPLETELY text (typing) based... i get a prompt, thats all.... i type boot and it tells me i have to select a kernel...

and do i already have lilo?? i couldnt find it in the install... the options were "GRUB or No GRUB..." not "GRUB or LILO" or anything...
 
Old 10-20-2004, 05:11 AM   #4
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the grub i have is COMPLETELY text (typing) based... i get a prompt, thats all.... i type boot and it tells me i have to select a kernel...
This doesn't sound like any grub install I've ever seen ...
Did you install X?

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and do i already have lilo?
No you don't, most modern distros come with grub only and so does fedora.
 
Old 10-20-2004, 05:13 AM   #5
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well all i did in the install is select what packages i want... i didnt do ANYTHING with the bootloader options.... should this have installed something different?

edit - the prompt i get is "grub>" after which i can type stuff...

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Old 10-20-2004, 05:39 AM   #6
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the grub> prompt is usually followed by the grub splashscreen where you can select what you want to boot.
I guess something went wrong during the install and some component doesn't load properly, preventing the system to go ahead with the boot sequence ....
I don't see what it could be though, perhaps one of the more experienced users around here will know what to do next?
 
Old 10-20-2004, 05:50 AM   #7
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maybe :P

should i just reinstall it? Not like im gonna lose any settings if i can't boot into the damn thing in the first place!
 
Old 10-20-2004, 05:58 AM   #8
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That's what I would have done a few years ago, now I prefer digging for a solution to my problem first and if I can't solve it I try to re-install.
If you did a clean install and something went wrong there's no reason why it would work on the second try, maybe there's some incompatibility with your hardware (motherboard?) and fedora?
Have you ever succesfully installed another distro on that computer?
 
Old 10-20-2004, 06:08 AM   #9
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i havent tried to install any others.... but would a motherboard incompatability problem really stop the bootloader from working...?

im installing it again now... if it doesnt work ill look for a new distro...

suggestions? i wanna run a webserver and ftp server.... mandrake 10.1 ive got right here already, would that be good?
 
Old 10-20-2004, 06:29 AM   #10
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I don't know if a motherboard incompatibility would stop te bootloader from working but it could prevent a crucial component of the OS from loading, thus preventing the bootloader from doing its job.
I've seen all kinds of crazy stuff happen because of BIOS settings and chipset features so you never know ....

Mandrake would be fine I guess, although I personally don't like Mandrake too much, for me Libranet and Fedora do an awesome job, you could try the 9.1 personal iso from SuSE, I heard and read lots of good things about SuSE lately.
 
Old 10-20-2004, 07:28 AM   #11
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Hm, ok...

just did a clean reinstall and the same thing happens... i get "GNU-GRUB version 0.94" and a "grub>" prompt...

can anyone help?
 
Old 10-20-2004, 08:01 AM   #12
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I might have found something, try this
At the grub prompt type:
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grub> root (hd0,1)
grub> configfile (hd0,1)/boot/grub/menu.lst
This should bring up the bootloader and let you select the OS to boot.
 
Old 10-20-2004, 08:19 AM   #13
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on "root (hd0,1)" it says selected disk does not exist..

i tried hda0,1 as well but then it says error while parsing number...
 
Old 10-20-2004, 08:24 AM   #14
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Ok, what are your partitions like, where did you install fedora?
Do you have a windows install as well on the same drive or is it a standalone version of fedora?
 
Old 10-20-2004, 08:43 AM   #15
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standalone...

ive got no idea how my partitions are... is there any way to check? Im a noobie remember... i installed it like i installed windows (chuck in cd, go through the stuff, tell it to wipe the hard disk, install)
 
  


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