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Ok i have been posting on the mandrake forum as well i managed to find it via looking through this site.
just so i can get a response that may work, i am posting here to
i have 2 hd's
hda = windows, swap, progs,games,dls, empty(not really empty anymore gf found it : o( )
hdb = linux root, swap, usr, var, home
windows installation = fine
mandrake seems fine.
computer reboots, and the first load screen ( i use a dell 4550) loads fine then when the os loads i get
now on the the previous board it told me about fixmbr command in windows repair, the rescue mode reinstall of win mbr failed. but the fix worked ( wish i knew this a few day ago (installed windows to many times alread)
so i am now back on windows.
my bios was meantioned so i updated it, and now have the most recent that dell has released for my mobo.
i installed the lilo to /dev/hda which i take as the mbr
unfortunatly that produces the L0707070707 error i have tried with grub and i get GRUB
now i really like mandrake from when i was using it, (Move, and switching jumpers on my hd so i could login on different os)
so please if anyone has experienced this problem and knows how to bypass/fix reply!!!!
thank you to all the people who have given me support so far on various topics.
Try this. Create a small partition, say 100MB that is used for /boot. Make sure the partition is within the first 8GB of hdb. Ideally you should put it first. I guess you understand what I'm talking about. If not ask for more help here.
What!! you reinstalled mandrake so soon? What I meant was reinstall Mandrake and when it gives you option to create partitions, create a 100MB partition at the start of hdb and allocate it to /boot. Then create other partitions like /, /home and swap. Then install Lilo the the primary hard disk (hda) MBR. Then hopefully everything should work fine. Did you do what I have mentioned above and it still didn't work?
Sounds like a disk controller problem - the "07" is "invalid initialization".
This is being returned from the BIOS.
Check your BIOS options. If you can't see anything, try taking out the Windows disk (just disconnect the power), and try the Mandrake install again. See if that boots successfully before putting the Win disk back in service.
Not a long-term solution, but may help to isolate the error.
I too got the lilo numbers screen - mine was 9's or 010101010101. This was on Dell 2450 Poweredge server using PERC card for hardware RAID.
The trick to getting past this was that /boot *must* had to be set to primary. To do this in Mandrake, when you install, during the partitioning process, select expert mode, delete your /boot, recreate /boot as whatever filesystem you're happy with and select the last drop down - set this to primary. Later in the install, you will be prompted for your bootloader location - the default MBR option is correct.
Hope this helps someone else out there banging their head against the wall. I wasted a good deal of time finding this out.