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Old 10-25-2005, 12:32 AM   #1
atmk
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Fedora C4 Install Help


Hi there. Im completely new to the whole linux thing and i decided to finally try and make the switch over. On advise i have chosen Fedora Core 4 (i386 for pentium chips).

I attempted to install dual boot with windows xp which i already have loaded.

On intial attempt of the install i received a kernal panic error kill winit. I managed to bypass this by entering a bogus value then entering default setup (read this on forums). which worked fine.

I got into the install selected to install on my 40g hdd which was completely blank and unformatted and continued on. I selected fedora as the primary boot under grub.

The install completed fine without any error messages. However when i try reboot my computer is goes straight to windows xp without displaying any grub choices at all.

I am unsure of where to go next? Any help would be appreciated.

Specs:

Pentium 4 2.8ghz
1024mb DDR
1 x 40gb IDE hdd
1 x 80gb IDE hdd partioned into two 40
Radeon 9200 gfx card
soundblaster live 5.1 sound.


sorry for the long post
 
Old 10-25-2005, 03:54 AM   #2
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Where did you choose to install grub, in master boot record (this options appear as hda in the install screen) or in the first partition (appear as hda1 in the install screen).
If you want to keep the dual boot between two OS, you must install on master boot record.
I suggest reinstall grub, follow these step:
- Put the FC4 disk one CD into your CD-ROM and boot it.
- In the welcome scree, type
Code:
 linux rescue
- When it said that you can can change root to your FC partition, do so by type
Code:
chroot /mnt/sysimage
- Then type
Code:
 grub
- In the grub console type:
Code:
root (hd0)
setup (hd0,0)
Then reboot your computer.
 
Old 10-25-2005, 04:12 AM   #3
atmk
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appreciate the reply

im pretty sure i may have installed grub to the linux partition.

i will test your response out tommorow but i believe this may be the fix. i will post results

thanks again
 
Old 10-25-2005, 06:16 PM   #4
atmk
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ok results are as follows:

i booted the disc and went into linux rescue.

i ran through the options and mounted the system image to the default /mnt/sysimage

i then chroot as advised.

i managed to get in the grub console and after typing: root (hd0) i received the following error message:

Filesystem type unknown, using whole disk

i then proceeded to try the second entry : setup (hd0,0) and received this.

Error 17: cannont mount selected partition



Would i be best to perform a new install ? or can it be rescued from here? any help would be appreciated.

regards

atmk
 
Old 10-26-2005, 10:06 AM   #5
TruongAn
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Quote:
Originally posted by atmk
ok results are as follows:

i booted the disc and went into linux rescue.

i ran through the options and mounted the system image to the default /mnt/sysimage

i then chroot as advised.

i managed to get in the grub console and after typing: root (hd0) i received the following error message:

Filesystem type unknown, using whole disk

i then proceeded to try the second entry : setup (hd0,0) and received this.

Error 17: cannont mount selected partition



Would i be best to perform a new install ? or can it be rescued from here? any help would be appreciated.

regards

atmk
Poor you. Your grub cannot handle your hard disk in this way. But there must be another way to reinstall grub without reisntall the whole OS.
You can still tried command "grub-install" or read the info grub for more information.
I will also lookup with you too, and if I found something which I think it can work with your system I will reply soon.
If you cannot wait until a solution is found, you cn make a new install at any time to have grub reinstall automitcally.
When you are reinstall keep in mind these tips to speed up your install process:
- Choose to make a new fresh install over the old partition but DO NOT format any things.
- When you are asked to select the package which will be installed, choose the minimum install to save time.
- If your computer boot up into a command line instead of show the X windows, open the file /etc/inittab and find this line "id:3:initdefault", replace the number 3 with number 5.
If you make a upgrade, any package which been installed on the first time, will be reinstalled. And it can take a lot of time while minimum install take you less than 20 minutes.
But anyway, I suggest you search in the grub help file before you install, it can help you to improve your knowledge about grub so you can fix grub easily next time.

Last edited by TruongAn; 10-26-2005 at 10:16 AM.
 
  


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