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Old 01-12-2004, 10:15 AM   #16
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Originally posted by Pingue

Do you know if you can INSTALL both a USB modem and an Ethernet modem under Windows at the same time to be able to use one of them (ADSL USB modem) with Windows and the other (Ethernet modem) with Knoppix Linux?

Is there a reason you don't use one for both os's. Both, I believe work fine from windoze (been reading too many post ... sloowly converting). Are you using two different ISP?

esj
 
Old 01-12-2004, 10:17 AM   #17
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Originally posted by kilgoretrout
Your problem is really puzzling. Gave it a little thought and wondered if you are running something in win98 that might be causing problems re the mbr. I know if you have GoBack installed it will cause problems. You have to disable it if you want the boot loader to work properly.
Does anyone know if GoBack persists on a system even after uninstall? Also I use Norton systemworks as well. Could that be causing problems with the mbr

Thanks once again for the help

esj
 
Old 01-12-2004, 01:13 PM   #18
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I had a similiar problem with my bootdisk yesterday too. I was trying to get emacs to compile a program and it kept telling me g++ not found. So I removed gcc2.86 and reinstalled it. When I went to reboot I had half a screen full of 99s on my bootloader diskette. I finally ended up reinstalling Mandrake from the CDs and creating another LILO diskette. I have Windows XP not Windows 98. If it is a Windows problem then I don't think it's exclusive to Windows 98.
 
Old 01-15-2004, 09:06 PM   #19
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trying to use toms root boot disk

ran two diagnostics from maxtor and ibm and neither found any problems with the drive!! So I don't know whats going on with lilo (error code indicates a geomtry mismatch ??????)

I found out about Toms Root Boot Disk and am now tryin to use it to get around the bootloader. I can mount my installed mandrake drives (mount /dev/hdb1 /mnt) but I don't know where to go from here.

Is there something similar to typing win at the dos prompt to start windows to be able to start mandrake?

If anyone can offer help on either issue I would appreciate it!! Toms Root Boot Disk gets me to a # prompt under its own root. So if someone could step me along from there it would be great!!

Thanks

Esj
 
Old 01-15-2004, 09:44 PM   #20
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Have you tried the rescue option of the mandrake installation cds? Put in the first disc, press f1 for more options, and then type
rescue
at the prompt. This will get you into rescue mode and you'll get a menu where one of the options is to reinstall the bootloader. See if it does it for you and if this fixes the problem.

If it does not, you can either use the rescue disk or Tom's Root boot disk (I don't know what this is) and look for the file /etc/fstab in the mandrake drives and post its contents here. Probably, there's something wrong with it that someone will be able to see.
 
Old 01-15-2004, 10:15 PM   #21
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If you are in a command line mode you could try startx
That worked for me when I was checking out the failsafe option on lilo.
 
Old 01-16-2004, 09:05 AM   #22
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Originally posted by quatsch
Have you tried the rescue option of the mandrake installation cds? Put in the first disc, press f1 for more options, and then type
rescue . . .

If it does not, you can either use the rescue disk or Tom's Root boot disk (I don't know what this is) and look for the file /etc/fstab in the mandrake drives and post its contents here. Probably, there's something wrong with it that someone will be able to see.
I have tried several times to reinstall the bootloader using the rescue disk without any improvment.

What command allows me to view the fstab file? Remember still new to linux (in fact haven't ever seen my installed linux desktop)

Thanks for the generous help
 
Old 01-16-2004, 09:06 AM   #23
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Originally posted by laceupboots
If you are in a command line mode you could try startx
That worked for me when I was checking out the failsafe option on lilo.
do i mount all my partions first?

do I have to be in a certain directory?

how do a change to that directory?

Thanks
 
Old 01-16-2004, 12:29 PM   #24
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If you could boot using the failsafe mode, then you can get to the gui login with
init 5

but I thought you cannot boot at all from the harddrive.

What you need to fix is lilo.conf and not fstab (sorry, made a mistake above). In order to fix your /etc/lilo.conf, mount the root partition of mandrake with something like:
mount /dev/hdb1 /mnt/

you can change into a given directory with
cd <target directory>

to get into mandrake's /etc/ dir use
cd /mnt/etc

now do
vi lilo.conf

this will open up an editor displaying the lilo.conf. Write down its contents and post it here.

You can also try makinig a boot floppy manually. Use the rescue mode of the installation CD and go to a command prompt (you should be able to do this from the menu somewhere). Mount your root partiton to /mnt and then go into /mnt/lib/modules with

cd /mnt/lib/modules

and list its contents with

ls

you'll see something like

/2.4.22-21mdk

have a floppy in your drive and do

chroot /mnt /sbin/mkbootdisk -v --device /dev/fd0 2.4.22-21mdk

the last string has to be exactly what you see after the / in the listing of /usr/lib/modules; so if you have 2.4.22-10mdk instead, use that. If this works, you'll have a bootdisk which will make life a lot easier.
 
Old 01-16-2004, 07:01 PM   #25
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THANKS A LOT

I will try these fixes and post back

Again thanks

esj
 
Old 01-16-2004, 08:01 PM   #26
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Quote:
Originally posted by quatsch

...
this will open up an editor displaying the lilo.conf. Write down its contents and post it here.

You can also try makinig a boot floppy manually. Use the rescue mode of the installation CD and go to a command prompt (you should be able to do this from the menu somewhere). Mount your root partiton to /mnt and then go into /mnt/lib/modules with
...

contents of lilo.conf

boot=/dev/hda
map=/boot/map
default="linux"
keytable=/boot/us.klt
prompt
nowarn
timeout=100
message=/boot/message
menu-scheme=wb:bw:wb:bw
image=/boot/vmlinuz
label="linux"
root=/dev/hdb1
intrd=/boot/initrd.img
append="devfs=mount hdd=ide-scsi acpi=ht resume=/dev/hdb5 splash=silent"
vga=788
read-only
image=/boot/vmlinuz
label="linux-nonfb"
root=/dev/hdb1
intrd=/boot/initrd.img
append="devfs=mount hdd=ide-scsi acpi=ht resume=/dev/hdb5"
read-only
image=/boot/vmlinuz
label="failsafe"
root=/dev/hdb1
initrd=/boot/initrd.img
append=="devfs=nomount hdd=ide-scsi acpi=ht resume=/dev/hdb5 failsafe"
read-only
other=/devhda1
label="windows"
table=/dev/hda
other=/dev/fd0
label="floppy"
unsafe


I also tried making a manual bootdisk and various errors appeared during the chroot (mostly command not found I believe) ... The manual boot disk within the Mandrake installer did not work either when I tried it before.


I hope someone can help ...

Thanks
 
  


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