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i'm going to try to put this in few simple words since i'm a newbie, i have installed red hat 7.2 few days ago and my problem is why it doesn't start unless it boots from the floppy disk i have created during last step in the installation , why i can't boot without the floppy boot disk , please help
What happens if you don't have the floppy in the floppy drive and you have your BIOS set to boot the hard drive with Linux Installed?
During the install where did you install your boot manager; MBR (Master Boot Record) or The Linux partition?
If you have only Linux installed on your PC, then you will want to install to the MBR. Actually if you have Linux and Windows, this will still be the case.
Once you get into Linux with your floppy, open a terminal and type /sbin/lilo and see what happens. Hopefully you will see it build a few things. Actually, don't do this until you figure out which boot manager you are using.
If it is Grub, someone else will have to help, if it's LILO, me, or just about anyone else will be able to help. But find out first.
if i don't have the floppy it will boot to a blank screen and nothing happens .
and teh answer about your questions regarding where did i install my boot managare , i have no IDEA sorry , i had it automaticly partition and do t for me because i didn't know what to do , and nop i only have LINUX on the machine , no other operating system
Last edited by thesoccerking; 05-19-2002 at 02:11 AM.
Actually the part where it formats and all is a separate set of questions from where to install the boot manager, but you will only need to know that if no one can help you (so when you reinstall, you know to put it in the MBR).
Ok, do you know yet which one you have, GRUB or LILO?
If LILO, you can simply edit your /etc/lilo.conf file. And then run /sbin/lilo to make it final. But DON'T DO THIS TILL YOU FIND OUT WHICH BOOT LOADER YOU USE.
If GRUB, hopefully someone who knows anything about grub will answer for ya.
Oh, I bet you are wondering how to find out aren't ya?
And I actually don't know the answer to that question.
But you don't actually have to redo everything if you use the install discs. If you put the install disc in, and choose "upgrade" then you can just go through and select 1 (or maybe none?) small package to install/upgrade and then it will eventually take you to the step where you had to choose the boot loader and where to place it.
Once there, you can then choose LILO or GRUB (I would choose LILO even though it's not as "pretty" because it seems to be a lot simpler)