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Old 09-13-2006, 12:03 AM   #1
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Cannot boot Red Hat server - Segmentation fault


Hi,

I recently got my Red Hat Enterprise loaded with Oracle 10g to work. It is set up on a HP DL380 server. Everything was working fine till I tried to access the server and I was denied access. The root password was not working and I had to reboot. The system did not not start after that. I keep getting stuck at the 'Setting up hostname ....' and it states '[FAILED]'. Before that, there is a line '/etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit: line 89: 49 Segmentation fault umount /initrd'. I don't understand this but obviously somethings wrong. I've let the system run overnight to see if maybe the process is just taking it's time to start but it's still stuck at that point.

I am unable to boot up with the rescue cd as the server does not recognise my USB drive. I'm not sure if it is supposed to recognise a drive.

I'm new to this so any help will be much appreciated.

Thanks.
 
Old 09-14-2006, 09:56 AM   #2
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Remove any USB devies from the system (until the system is fully booted). If the keyboard and/or mouse are USB devices you should be able to leave these in-place. If the keyboard and/or mouse are USB and you still have problems booting after removing all other USB devices then consider replacing them if possible.

Some system are able to boot without the keyboard and/or mouse devices, maybe a change in the system BIOS is required for this to work. If the keyboard is USB and you can use the keyboard before the OS starts (press the 'Esc' key when the grub splash screen is displayed or get into the system BIOS for example) you might want to configure USB legacy mode in the BIOS.
 
Old 09-15-2006, 10:58 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by Lenard
Remove any USB devies from the system (until the system is fully booted). If the keyboard and/or mouse are USB devices you should be able to leave these in-place. If the keyboard and/or mouse are USB and you still have problems booting after removing all other USB devices then consider replacing them if possible.

Some system are able to boot without the keyboard and/or mouse devices, maybe a change in the system BIOS is required for this to work. If the keyboard is USB and you can use the keyboard before the OS starts (press the 'Esc' key when the grub splash screen is displayed or get into the system BIOS for example) you might want to configure USB legacy mode in the BIOS.
There are no USB devices connected to the system. It's just normal PS/2 mouse and keyboard. They function ok and I can use them to enter commands. With or without the keyboard and mouse the system still hangs at the 'Setting up hostname .... '
 
Old 09-16-2006, 07:26 AM   #4
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Does the system have a floppy drive??? If yes then try this floppy image and maybe the system can boot with the USB drive into rescue mode; http://linux.simple.be/tools/sbm
 
Old 09-17-2006, 08:39 PM   #5
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Does the system have a floppy drive??? If yes then try this floppy image and maybe the system can boot with the USB drive into rescue mode; http://linux.simple.be/tools/sbm

Hi Lenard. I managed to boot up using a Knoppix 5.0. Apparently the copy of images burnt to the CD were not proper so it did not boot up. I can now boot up using Knoppix but am unable to mount the hard drive. How can i do this, backup and check for any configuration faults that are leading to this problem?
 
Old 07-13-2007, 02:03 AM   #6
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Exclamation Did you resolve this?

Ajaykk,

Did you eventually resolve this error?

Apparently, I got the same issue today and
stuck with that.

It is a RHEL3 system.

It refuses to boot this evening, though
it was booting till yesterday evening.

I did not add any hardware and in no way
the system configuration has been changed.

I tried the rescue disk and I am able to do
chroot /mnt/sysimage
successfully.

But what to correct after that. ?

Any help or pointers are appreciated.
 
  


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