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I just installed FC 4 on an old Dell Dimension 8100 Bios rev A09. After the install process had finished the machine rebooted, but all I get is a blinking underscore cursor.
Background info and any other data that my help troubleshooting.
I FULLY erased the entire disk using DSS DiskWipe which is a 3 pass DoD drive formatter.
I chose the "automatic disk partitioning" option during install and I did not alter the boot loader options.
I used the Fedora Core 4 rescue disk and then entered:
Disk /dev/hda:40.0 GB, 40020774320 bytes
255 heads, 63 nsectors/track, 4865 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 * 1 13 104391 83 Linux
/dev/hda2 13 4865 38973690 8e Linux LVM
I'm going on hunches here, so don't make major stock trades based on my advice.....
First, verify that you can boot up from a CD or floppy---This establishes the integrity of the hardware, bios, etc.
Assuming all that's working, re-install from the Fedora CD. When prompted, put grub on a floppy--not the HD. Let us know if this works.
(You did not mention dual-boot: If you have Windows on this machine, run the windows installer from CD, select "repair", and when you get to the console, type: "fixmbr". Reboot and verify that you can get to windows.)
I can boot from an MS-DOS boot disk and the FC4 Rescue Disk. This works so I reinstalled Fedora Core CD.
I still boot straight to a blinking cursor after the Dell BIOS screen loads.
How do I put grub on a floppy?
I do not have a dual boot, there is only HD and one OS (FC 4).