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Old 06-27-2011, 08:55 PM   #1
Sirnot1
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Exclamation Puppy Linux not booting


Hi Guys,

I have an old Compaq Armada which I recently installed Puppy Linux 5.25 on. The installation process went without a hitch, I installed GRUB afterwards to boot Puppy. I rebooted, but after a minute it doesn't load up GRUB, it just goes to a command-line saying "DCHP....." then says "Non system disk or disk error, replace and strike key when ready". I am not sure what may be wrong, it booted Windows XP fine before I formatted the drive. What could be wrong?

Any help appreciated,
 
Old 06-27-2011, 09:36 PM   #2
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Edit: Full or frugal install?

Boot live cd with

Code:
puppy pfix=ram
boot option. Look in /boot/grub/menu.lst to see what is in text file and post in code tags here.

A
Code:
fdisk -l
in code tags will be needed also. If no /boot/grub folder or if it is empty. Reinstall grub again via live cd but instead of mbr. Install to / where puppy is installed (/dev/sda1 maybe?). After grub is reinstalled. Boot live session and look to see if boot/grub/menu.lst exists. You might have to look for /boot in the drive icons under /devsda1 if using JWM orOpenBox.

Last edited by rokytnji; 06-27-2011 at 09:38 PM.
 
Old 06-28-2011, 07:15 PM   #3
Sirnot1
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Thanks, I fixed it by installing GRUB4DOS.
 
Old 06-29-2011, 05:03 AM   #4
Karl Godt
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I rebooted, but after a minute it doesn't load up GRUB, it just goes to a command-line saying "DCHP....."
I think , that you installed Puppy to an not-full-supported file system like "ntfs" . As far as I know the Puppy grub-0.97 does not support to read the menu.lst if "/boot/grub" is installed to a windows partition .
It still supports booting the kernel on windows file systems , but stage1 or 1,5 does not support reading the file menu.lst on windows fs .

Correct me anyone , if I am wrong .

Grub4dos supports also the reading of /menu.lst on windows fs .

Last edited by Karl Godt; 06-29-2011 at 05:05 AM. Reason: men.lst , corect
 
  


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