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Old 02-27-2004, 12:39 PM   #1
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Disk Boot Failure


I installed Slackware (once again) and this is what I get when starting up:

Verifying DMI Pool Data ........
Boot from ATAPI CD-DOM: Failure ...
Not found any [active partitions] in HDD
DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER

When using cfdisk before installing I didn't choose that "boot"-thing on any of the partitions. The ones I have are:

hda1 - /
hda3 - /swap
hda2 - /boot
hdb1 - /home

And a third hard drive where the filesystem is FAT (this is where I saved all my important files before getting rid of Windows), I don't know what it's called but I guess it's hdc(?)

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Old 02-27-2004, 02:14 PM   #2
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Could the problem be that I didn't choose "boot" on any?
Could it be that the third hard with FAT-system messes something up since I didn't install LILO (I'm not planning on using any other OS)?
Could it be because I chose the kernel bare.i/bzImage?
 
Old 02-27-2004, 02:24 PM   #3
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You didn't install lilo? Then what are you using?
It might be becasue you didn't set any partitions as active ('boot'), but I'm not sure.
 
Old 02-27-2004, 02:31 PM   #4
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Err, that was dumb of me. I read through the installation guide properly now and saw that I had read a part wrong. Thought it said that I didn't need LILO if I wasn't going to dual boot.
 
Old 02-27-2004, 02:46 PM   #5
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Just set lilo's timeout to zero or something to boot Linux immediately
 
Old 02-27-2004, 03:42 PM   #6
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I reinstalled everything and this time I installed LILO too.
Still wont' start though. I get the same message. I installed it to MBR and chose the right partition to boot. Seems like that wasn't the problem after all.

Anyway, I put in CD 2 and log in as root. Try startx but that doesn't work. I try xfree86setup, that doesn't work either. Lilo, lilo.conf doesn't do anything.
 
Old 02-27-2004, 05:27 PM   #7
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Is the bios booting from the right hd?
Isn't CD 2 the Live-CD? It is a small system that won't have a lot of the stuff like the hd one does. Use the first cd with the 'noinitrd root=/dev/hda1' option (assuming hda is the right disk) to boot your current install.
 
Old 02-27-2004, 06:09 PM   #8
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I looked in to the BIOS settings and changed from CD-Rom / C to C only.
Then I went into cfdisk and chose "boot" on hda1.

Starting up I get this:

An error ocurred during the root filesustem check.
You will now be given a chance to log into the
system in single user-mode ti fix the problem.

I then enter my root password and go into cfdisk where I put "boot" on hda1.
When starting up everything looks great and I finally thought it would work.
But I get that same message again. I try Ctrl-D which would apparently just go on but that doesn't work either. So all I can do is enter my root password and... well, do something.
 
Old 02-27-2004, 06:45 PM   #9
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It lets you log on in runlevel 1 (a sort of safe mode) to fix stuff. It appears to have not been shut down properly (because of other probs?), and you need to check the partition with e2fsck:
e2fsck /dev/hda1
You might need to do it with hda1 set as read-only if it isn't so already.
If it still has other problems, boot in runlevel 1 and try to go to runlevel 2, then 3:
init 2
init 3
See which runlevel has the problem.
 
  


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