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I don't know much about Fedora but I might try using a live cd to boot the 80 gig drive and then do two things. First, make the Linux partition the active one for that drive and then re-initialize GRUB. My reasoning is this; even though Linux doesn't need an active partition to boot from, your BIOS might be bypassing that partition because it isn't active. Also, there may be a problem with GRUB, so you should check the settings and then do a grub-install to make sure everything's ok. (I assume you're using GRUB) I've noticed a lot problems with the way some BIOSes treat bootable USB devices. Some only say they'll boot from USB, and worse yet, some will only boot DOS or Windows.
Edit: Also, make sure you install GRUB to the boot sector of the device and not the Linux partition.
Last edited by Hendronicus; 04-21-2007 at 02:08 AM.
"I might try using a live cd to boot the 80 gig drive..."
Are you talking about emulating the CD on the drive here, or something else?
It doesn't seem to be as simple as copying an iso to a partition and then booting it. Assuming you have grub installed on the mbr, what commands would you give it to boot the partition that has the image on it (it most likely has isolinux)?
I never thought of that marshon, thanks! As for emulating the cd, fitzov, no, what I mean is that when he gets to the boot prompt of his cd he puts in something like:
BOOT: name_of_kernel root=/dev/sda1 append="options_for_kernel" ro
Now, I know not everything works that way, but it might, so I thought it was worth a try.
He could just reinstall and this time make sure the three things I talked about are in place, too.
Last edited by Hendronicus; 04-26-2007 at 01:56 AM.