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Old 11-05-2003, 11:59 PM   #1
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Exclamation HELP!!! I"ve fallen into lunix and can't get out


I just installed (rather multiple attempts over the last couple days) RH 8.0 on my Main machine (I've already experienced what a bad idea that is for a newbie). It was previously Running win98. I added an new hard drive for linux and installed RH with little problems.

Now the problem is when LILO tries to load win9x I get the error:

root noverify (hd0,0)
Starting Windows 98...

Type the name of the Command Interpreter (e.g., C:\WINDOWS\COMMAND.COM)

A>





Okay, now I ofcourse tried to type that command in and every other folder I could think COMMAND.COM might reside with no luck. So I figured if I could find the file in my windows partition Then I could type it in correctly (I don't know if this will work) and load WIN9X. I've been unable to mount my windows partition, I believe it to be labeled /dev/hde or hde1. either way It shows them as empty when I try to.


To anyone who can help I would be forever in debted

THANX
 
Old 11-06-2003, 12:06 AM   #2
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post your lilo.conf file. i think it's /boot/lilo/lilo.conf or /boot/lilo.conf

as far as your windows partition, it should be /dev/hda1
 
Old 11-06-2003, 12:09 AM   #3
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try win.com instead of command.com
 
Old 11-06-2003, 12:27 AM   #4
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I'm sorry its a grub loader, here it goes:


# grub.conf generated by anaconda
#
# Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
# NOTICE: You have a /boot partition. This means that
# all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /boot/, eg.
# root (hd1,0)
# kernel /vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/hdf2
# initrd /initrd-version.img
#boot=/dev/hde
default=0
timeout=10
splashimage=(hd1,0)/grub/splash.xpm.gz
title Red Hat Linux (2.4.18-14)
root (hd1,0)
kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.18-14 ro root=LABEL=/ hdd=ide-scsi
initrd /initrd-2.4.18-14.img
title test3
rootnoverify (hd1,2)
chainloader +1
title test2
rootnoverify (hd1,0)
chainloader +1
title test1
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1
 
Old 11-06-2003, 12:34 AM   #5
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this line looks odd. it's got nothing to do with windows though. i wasn't aware of grub using root=LABEL=/

mine shows root=/dev/hdXY where X is the letter corresponding to the partition letter (a, b, c) and Y is the number of the partition.

Code:
kernel /boot/vmlinuz-****** ro root=/dev/hda11 hdb=ide-scsi hdc=ide-scsi
as far as windows goes, how many windows partitions do you have? i see test 1, 2, and 3. what are those?
 
Old 11-06-2003, 12:37 AM   #6
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well this wasn't my first time trying to solve this problem. I reinstalled Linux once and the second time I just made all the partitions availible to load by grub since I was so unsure. 'test1' is the partition windows resides on.
 
Old 11-06-2003, 12:59 AM   #7
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hmmm.... try this on your grub.conf file. when you partitioned, do you remember if you set up your linux drive as a primary partition? maybe on the last line of test3 where it says chainloader +1, put underneath that line (a newline):

makeactive

reboot and test.
 
Old 11-06-2003, 01:03 AM   #8
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No I don't remember , but I'm about to try that now. Though Test three isn't the partition I'm try to load. I'm sure you knew that but Just thought I'd mention it. I'm going to reboot now.
 
Old 11-06-2003, 01:06 AM   #9
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Quote:
Originally posted by jbeezy
No I don't remember , but I'm about to try that now. Though Test three isn't the partition I'm try to load. I'm sure you knew that but Just thought I'd mention it. I'm going to reboot now.
my bad. i meant test 1.
 
Old 11-06-2003, 01:20 AM   #10
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no that didn't work. I did see the makeactive command under chianloader +1
 
Old 11-06-2003, 01:27 AM   #11
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Can you do a "/sbin/fdisk -l" and post the output?
 
Old 11-06-2003, 01:27 AM   #12
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Code:
#/grub/menu.lst


#For booting GNU Hurd (from 1st HDD)


title GNU/Hurd


root (hd0,0)


kernel /boot/gnumach.gz root=hd0s1


module /boot/serverboot.gz



#For booting Linux from 1nd HardDisk


title Linux From 1nd HDD


kernel (hd0,5) /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda6_ '(5 = 6th partition i.e. /dev/hda6)


initrd (h0,5) /boot/initrd.img)



#Windows 95/NT


title Win95/NT


root (hd0,0)


makeactive


chainloader_ +1



#OS/2


title OS/2


root (hd0,1)


makeactive


chainloader_ +1



#Free BSD


title Free BSD


root (hd0,2,a)


kernel /boot/loader



#For booting Linux from 2nd HardDisk


title Linux From 2nd HDD


kernel (hd1,0) /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hdb1
an example of a multi-os grub.conf example. here they show makeactive the line above the chainloader line. maybe try that. but i'm all out of idears here. can you mount your windows partition? at least hoping that it's still there anyway.
 
Old 11-06-2003, 01:33 AM   #13
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this is the reply to the '/sbin/fdisk -l' command


Disk /dev/hde: 255 heads, 63 sectors, 2495 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hde1 * 1 2493 20024991 44 Unknown

Disk /dev/hdf: 64 heads, 63 sectors, 1023 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 4032 * 512 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hdf1 * 1 51 102784+ 83 Linux
/dev/hdf2 52 922 1755936 83 Linux
/dev/hdf3 923 1023 203616 82 Linux swap
 
Old 11-06-2003, 01:35 AM   #14
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an example of a multi-os grub.conf example. here they show makeactive the line above the chainloader line. maybe try that. but i'm all out of idears here. can you mount your windows partition? at least hoping that it's still there anyway.
No I can't mount my windows partition, though it doesn't help that I don't know how.
 
Old 11-06-2003, 01:59 AM   #15
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can you see the contents of your c: drive if you boot from a dos bootdisk?
 
  


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