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Old 10-17-2003, 07:54 PM   #1
John Manion
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Re-boot lock out


After I install and re-boot (Red Hat 9 only, no Windows) the following halt occurs complete with a locked computer.

“Ide0 at 0x1f0 – 0x1f7, 0x3f6 on irq 14
Ide1 at 0x170 – 0x177, 0x376 on irq 15
_ “

I have an HP Pavilion 752n, 60 GHz Hard Drive, 512 MB RAM w/CD-RW, DVD, Floppy, and a Zip Drive. However, the above identical fault has occurred on other computers and with other Linux distributions.

I retired in 1991 and my past experience is with DOS and Windows 3.1, 3.11, 95, 98, Me and now XP at home, with no brains to pick when I encounter problems. I would really like to join the Linux community, (i.e., get rid of Bill Gates), but, it’s beginning to look as though I’m too brainwashed to make the jump.

When I load Linux only “Remove all partitions on this system” I cannot get past the interrupt failure noted above. When I attempt to dual boot with Windows XP “Keep all partitions and use existing free space” I am continuously directed to defragment. Have I chosen the best (for a newbie) distribution? I have Red Hat 9 (purchased from Best Buy).
 
Old 10-17-2003, 08:46 PM   #2
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well as far as the error message, i'm not a pro but i'd say it looks like it's realted to the way the disk is partitioned or its geometry or something... i'm sure you'll be getting some more valuable input from someone else soon... hang in there...

as far as wheather red hat 9.0 is the best distro for a newbie, i'd have to say that even though i love red hat and it's probably my favorite distro, mandrake linux is usually the best choice for a newbie.

it's based on red hat, so it's basically like a "friendlier" red hat... 99% compatible (where as an rpm made for red hat will usually work on mandrake too)...

but you actually get a lot of added benefits...

for example, support for more exotic filesystems like xfs and reiser out-of-the-box...

the famous "ability to resize windows partitions"...

this means if you have a 60gb disk with windows xp installed on it, the mandrake installer can shrink your windows partition to 40gb, for example, and install linux on the new free 20gb automagically....

and of course let us not forget the mandrake control center... a one stop beautiful graphical utility for you to configure everything in your system to your heart's content... the best system configuration utility for "regular joe" out there if you ask me...

version 9.2 of mandrake just came out of the oven...

http://www.mandrakelinux.com

of course i'm not pushing mandrake on you and i don't want you to think that red hat sucks for newbies (it doesn't) or something... it's just that to make red hat as friendly (to run, not use) as an out-of-the-box mandrake is QUITE a challenge...

back to your issue: if you could share some more details about how you are setting-up your system during the install (partitions, etc...) and the state of the disk before the install it would be great...
 
Old 10-17-2003, 11:36 PM   #3
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I have ordered Mandrake 9.2, so that may help. Windows XP was resident on my computer when I loaded Red Hat 9. I thought that I replaced XP with Linux by selecting "Remove all partitions on this system". I have used FDISK a few times on Windows, but, Linux is different. So, I'm not sure what I'm doing during install. Thanks for the input.
 
Old 10-18-2003, 12:06 AM   #4
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you're very welcome!

by the way, i think you would like "cfdisk" much more than "fdisk"...
 
Old 10-18-2003, 01:27 AM   #5
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here's an idea:

1 - backup your data to your zip drive...

2 - use "cfdisk" to destroy all the partitions on your 60gb disk, and then create a new 30gb partition type windows from the beggining of the drive... leaving the remaining 30gb unpartitioned...

3 - install windows onto the windows partition as normal, without touching the free space...

4 - proceed to install red hat linux... tell it you want it to be installed in the free space...


http://www.die.net/doc/linux/HOWTO/I...TO/cfdisk.html
 
Old 10-18-2003, 01:59 AM   #6
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Your "idea" seems to indicate that using the partitioning software supplied with Red Hat is innefective. I am committed to using Linux without XP, so, dual boot is not a requirement. In fact my first scenario described an attempt to have a dedicated Linux computer. How do I cleanly prepare my computer for Linux. Is FDISK up to the task? I don't know where to find CFDISK. I really do appreciate your inputs. Thank you again.
 
Old 10-18-2003, 02:12 AM   #7
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sorry, looking at your first post and re-reading it i see where i misunderstood...

when you said: "Red Hat 9 only, no Windows"

i thought you meant that "only red hat was failing, not windows"...

sorry...

well then you don't need neither fdisk nor cfdisk...

red hat and mandrake come with everything you need for successful partitioning...

=)
 
Old 10-18-2003, 02:35 AM   #8
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"When I attempt to dual boot with Windows XP “Keep all partitions and use existing free space” I am continuously directed to defragment."

this threw me way off, i really thought you were aiming for dual-boot... =)

anyways, if you keep getting attitude from the hard disk, it might be a good idea to do a low-level format to make sure it's not due to something funky on it, and then try the installation again...

you can use a low-level format utility provided by your hard disk manufacturer, or you can use linux doing something like (replace x):

dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hdx
 
  


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