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I installed Vector Linux but have a problem booting up. When I turn on the PC, the monitor displays a black screen and the top left corner displays three letters (LIL) and nothing happens. I insert the installation CD and restart using ctrl+alt+del. Then I typed linux root=/dev/sda1 ro and Vector Linux started with no problem.
I created 4 partitions during the installation:
sda1 is bootable, ext3, and where I installed Linux.
sda2 is swap.
sda5 and sda6, one will be used to store downloaded files and the other for JSP programs I will develop, not yet formatted or labeled.
Why doesn't the system boot up from the hard drive?
It helps I created a 1gb partition (on sda1) that only holds my boot loader (grub2) and it obviously has the boot flag and it auto loads Arch for me with 0 sec delay...my os resides on sda3, and swap on sda2)
Maybe you need a boot loader?
If you can enter the root environment and use it than all that's wrong is the boot loader. I never really used the os by itself to load itself but rather use a boot loader to do it...
Warning: LBA32 addressing assumed
Warning: Unable to determine video adapter in use in the present system.
Warning: Video adapter does not support VESA BIOS extensions needed fro display of 256 colors. Boot loader will fall back to TEXT only operation.
Added linux *
3 warnings were issued.
No, still doesn't work. During the installation I was given the option to install using the default settings (Recommended) or choose the resolution. I didn't remember the max resolution supported so I chose the default settings. Could that be the reason?
I have 2 hard drives an 8 and 80GB. The 8GB was the master and the jumper was set to cable select and it was connected to the first connector of the IDE cable. The 80GB was set as slave connected to the middle/second connector. During my first attempt to install Vector Linux, the installer stated that it has error and couldn't install so I had to install it on sdb. Going with this option, I had to have the cd in all the time and start linux with linux root=/dev/sdb1 ro. I decided to switch the two drives until I test the 8GB to make sure it's damaged. I set jumpers on both hard drives as cable select and connected the 80GB to the first connector and the 8GB to the second/middle connector. Then started the installation again. Vector Linux recognized the the 80GB as sda and the 8GB hard drive as sdb. I installed it on sda1 but still can't boot from the hard drive.
I would try to boot without the second, potentially faulty, disk. I would also recommend always to use the Master/Slave settings, not cable select. I have seen some weird errors because cable select didn't work correctly.
I set the jumper to Master for the 80GB hard drive then restarted, nothing happened. I then opened the box again and disconnected both power and IDE cable from the 8GB hard drive and left it in the case. When I restarted, it displayed a messeage, "Operating system not found". I pressed ctrl+alt+del and it finally worked. I have 3 options, linux, linux-tui, and linux-gui. What are the linux and linux-tui for?
Now that it's working, does it mean that it's definite that the 8GB is damaged?
What I noticed about the BIOS screen, I hope you can explain. The BIOS screen shows the cpu, ram, hard drives and cd drives info. After I disconnected both power cable and IDE cable from the 8GB hard drive, it takes longer time to find the only hard drive (80GB) and the cd drives. Is that for a reason?
The output from the /sbin/lilo is
Warning: LBA32 addressing assumed
Added linux *
1 warning was issued.