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Old 10-12-2003, 11:07 PM   #1
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installation/boot problem


Ok here is my story.

I began installing mandrake 8.2 on my win98 machine. I choose erase the previus partition and then i had the installation handle the partitions. When the installation was well on the way i began to have errors (dont really know what they were about but kept on installing anyway) and then the installation just stops and i find out that the disk has a large scratch on it.

Ok i really wanted to install linux so i borrowd from a friend of mine a copy of Red Hat 9. I put cd1 into the drive and the program checks if its ok and it passes. then the system halts for some reason and i reboot.

Now i cant get any cd's to boot
I can get into mandrake text mode but i dont know anything about it.

and this is what is displayed on the screen after post

Invalid hibernation partition/file...RUN HDPREP

Loading boot record from cdrom..Not ready (ive tried both the Linux disks and even my win98 disk and i can boot them up in my other computer so the disks are good)

and then it loads the mandrake bootup screen

my bios is set to boot cdrom before harddrive

i posted this on a different forum but didnt get to much of a response but someone thought it whould be helpful to post the contents of the fstab so here it is.


/dev/hda1 / ext3 noatime 1 1
none / dev/pts devpts mode=0620 0 0
none /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0
/dev/hda6 /home ext3 noatime 1 2
/mnt/cdrom /mnt/cdrom supermount dev=/dev/hdc,fs=iso9660,ro,--,iocharset=iso8859
-1 0 0
/mnt/floppy /mnt/floppy supermount dev=/dev/fd0,fs=vfat,--,iocharset=iso8859-1,u
mask=0,sync,codepage=850 0 0
none /proc proc defaults 0 0


I just want my cd boot back

Can someone please explain to me what i can do to fix this please.
 
Old 10-13-2003, 01:36 AM   #2
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Unhappy No clue here

BUMP

Maybe someone new will see this post.

 
Old 10-13-2003, 08:06 AM   #3
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How can i access my cdrom ? (to see if its working)


Any ideas would be great
 
Old 10-13-2003, 08:16 AM   #4
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This makes me wonder if the scratched CD has damaged the CD-Drive. Can it boot any bootable CD's? If it can't, try swapping the CD-Drives between computers.

HTH
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Old 10-13-2003, 08:19 AM   #5
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Post Might help

Not really sure in 8.2. Try this:

mkdir /mnt/cdrom
mount /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom

There is one space between those. I just made it more obvious.

You may not need the first one. It may already have a directory for cdrom. At worst it will tell you it already exists. If the last one works then try this:

ls /mnt/cdrom

That is a small 'L'.

If you see a list of files then it works.

Also note, it must be a data CD not a audio CD. It won't mount a audio CD.

If you get Mandrake 9.2 it will do that automatically. 9.2 has a supermount feature and I don't think 8.2 does. Not sure though.

Hope that helps.



All this needs to be done in a term or command line.
 
Old 10-13-2003, 09:01 AM   #6
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Thanks dalek this seemed to be it, i mounted the drive and it displayed the files and now my cd boot works great.
 
Old 10-13-2003, 09:05 AM   #7
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I'm speechless.

 
Old 10-13-2003, 09:23 AM   #8
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well the cdrom is making some awful noises but it seems to working much better now.

I guess i have to swap the drive soon!
 
Old 10-13-2003, 09:26 AM   #9
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Exclamation

If it really gets mad it may throw the CD out of the drive and remove the head from the shoulder of the user. At maximum speed of course.


I amaze myself sometimes.

 
Old 10-13-2003, 10:10 AM   #10
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Lightbulb I forgot to mention

If you want to eject the CD you will need to do this:

umount /dev/cdrom <it is umount, not unmount>

That will unmount the CD. Then it will let you eject.

Sorry about that.

 
  


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