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Old 09-15-2001, 06:22 PM   #1
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Question error while installing bootloader


I have recently installed RedHat 7.1.
I had an error message come up at the very end of installing it.:

error while installing bootloader:
dev/hdb is not on the first disk.

I can only boot from a floppy.

It is installed on the primary slave, on it's own.(no dualboot)

I installed lilo boot record on: /dev/hdb (MBR)
Partition /dev/hdb5 - default boot image.

I have gone to the maual, how-to's, and many other places.

My question:

Is it possible to boot Red Hat from my Hard drive??

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

MAtt
 
Old 09-15-2001, 06:31 PM   #2
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/dev/hdb doesn't hold the MBR - /dev/hda does. Install LILO to /dev/hda (regardless of where your partitions are) and all should be well.

HTH

Jamie...
 
Old 09-15-2001, 06:35 PM   #3
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thank you , will try that.
 
Old 09-15-2001, 07:26 PM   #4
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more problems

When I was installing Linux redHat 7.1 I unplugged the power to my primary master drive with windows on it to MAKE sure I don't mess it up. When I had both drives plugged in and restarted windows I must have damaged the inittab file! because I got a kernel panic come up: can't find init.

You mention that I should stick the mbr on the /dev/hda...
What if I unplug the drive that is /dev/hda?/ !! I have windows on it??

Thanks in advance

Matt
 
Old 09-15-2001, 07:26 PM   #5
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I am reinstalling red hat.
 
Old 09-15-2001, 07:28 PM   #6
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its brutally slow
 
Old 09-16-2001, 08:48 AM   #7
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Re: more problems

Quote:
Originally posted by newlinuxman
You mention that I should stick the mbr on the /dev/hda...
What if I unplug the drive that is /dev/hda?/ !! I have windows on it??
Right... the MBR is the boot record of the first harddisk detected by the BIOS. If you unplug /dev/hda then your MBR resides on /dev/hdb, but when you plug /dev/hda back in your MBR moves to /dev/hda, hence LILO on the boot record of /dev/hdb won't ever get read - hence the system won't boot. Sounds like you need to leave that first harddisk plugged in.

Also, if you only power down the first drive, yet leave it connected to the IDE bus you will more than likely get very poor performance from that second drive. If you are going to do this disconnect the ribbon cable too; or just disconnect the ribbon and leave the power on for that matter.

cheers

Jamie...
 
Old 09-16-2001, 11:11 AM   #8
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Thank you very much. Appreciate the help

MAtt
 
  


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