Don't know if this is the best sub-forum for this problem but don't want to double post.
Yesterday I decided to install Fedora 13, having heard good reports about it. I started with linux back in the RH 5.2 days on which I cut my teeth. Since then I've used many distros and versions, openSUSE, RedHat, Ubuntu, Gentoo, Slack ...
After the installation completed (without error), I rebooted at which time I got the following message at the grub screen:
Error No Active Partition
Intel UNDI, PXE-2.1 (build 082)
This product is covered by one or more of the following patents ...
Realtek PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet Controller Series v2.26 (090219)
PXE-E61: Media test failure, check cable
PXE-M06: Exiting PXE ROM
The cable failure is consistent with there being no cable and inability to configure wireless during install. I used the custom partitioning option during install and was very careful to search for any fields I might have missed initially.
Model: ATA ST9500420AS (scsi)
Disk /dev/sda: 500GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: msdos
Number Start End Size Type File system Flags Mount Point
1 32.3kB 41.9GB 41.9GB primary ntfs /windows7
2 41.9GB 57.7GB 15.7GB primary ntfs /shared-win
3 57.7GB 99.6GB 41.9GB primary ext3 /BSD
4 99.6GB 500GB 400GB extended
5 99.6GB 100GB 370MB logical ext3 boot /boot (shared)
6 100GB 104GB 4294MB logical linux-swap(v1) swap
7 104GB 126GB 21.5GB logical ext3 /downloads
8 126GB 136GB 10.7GB logical ext3 /source
9 136GB 189GB 52.6GB logical ext3 /temp
10 190GB 244GB 53.7GB logical ext3 / (fedora)
11 244GB 298GB 53.7GB logical ext3 / (suse)
12 298GB 500GB 203GB logical ext3 /data
# 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 (hd0,4)
# kernel /vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/sda10
# initrd /initrd-[generic-]version.img
title Fedora (18.104.22.168-85.fc13.x86_64)
kernel /vmlinuz-22.214.171.124-85.fc13.x86_64 ro root=UUID=5bce0d15-9a5a- 496c-8a51-14730966fc98 rd_NO_LUKS rd_NO_LVM rd_NO_MD rd_NO_DM LANG=en_US.UTF-8 SYSFONT=latarcyrheb-sun16 KEYTABLE=us rhgb quiet
I've tried repairing from the install DVD and from various linux rescue devices without success.
1: Is there some known problem installing F13 in a multi-boot environment?
2: Is there some known incompatibility with sharing the /boot partition?
3: Why can't F13 find the "active" boot partition when openSUSE11.3, FreeBSD8.0, and windows7 can boot from it?
4: (unrelated to problem) What version of grub is used in F13? The grub.conf file looks almost identical to the menu.lst file used in grub0.97.
Dell Studio 1745
Intel 5100ag wireless
Realtek PCIe GBE ethernet controller
ST9500420AS ATA 500GB hard disk
After further research, added the makeactive command to grub.conf under the F13 entry but that didn't help, still the same "no active partition" message.
Thanks for any suggestions and help. If more info is needed you may contact me off list at: linxt-AT-comcast-DoT-net