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Old 03-11-2004, 05:39 PM   #1
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Hi all. Im a linux newbie so I see this is the place to come.

My problems all started when I wanted to install linux and use it over windows cause I have been really pissed with how windows is turning out to be towards their customers. Long story short.

Ok, so I downloaded the 3 iso's from red hats ftp. shrike-i386-Disk1 thru Disk3. Burnt them to disks. My first install, I installed to my 160gb seagate hard drive which I had previously partitioned into two 80gigs. I used the first for windows xp and now the second half for RedHat9.

After installing RH9, making partitions, etc. I get to the grub bootloader and select RedHat9, hit enter and nothing happens! I just get a screen full of text like its scanning hardware then it just freezes. So I thought maybe its having a problem since I got it to where it will dual boot. I installed it on a 40gb western digital HD I had lying around. Installed, rebooted, same thing. Which this time around I even set the boot loader up to where the boot was at the front of the new hard drive. But I feel like its still trying to boot the other red hat thats on my other partition of the 160gb HD.

As far as the 40gb WD HD heres what it looks like in the partition. (no windows installed on this hard drive)

/dev/hdb----------------------------------------------------------------

/dev/hdb1 /boot ext2 204mb sector start 1 sector end 26

/dev/hdb2 / ext2 37001mb sector start 27 sector end 4743

/dev/hdb3 ------- swap 957mb sector start 4744 sector end 4865

This is my last alternative for seeking advice. Seems like my last attempt over at the INA forums failed so far.
 
Old 03-11-2004, 07:01 PM   #2
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hmmmm....maybye its a hardware issue.....but....give an idea of the message given....or what's on the screen when it freezes

Have you tried booting with your boot disk?
 
Old 03-11-2004, 07:34 PM   #3
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I couldnt make a bootable floppy cause my floppy drive doesnt work, the light stays on and it wont read. Its a new drive.

I just reinstalled RH9 for the 4th time today, this time it said something about an executable. Before this reinstall I was able to get to the grub> command prompt i guess. But I still didnt know what to type to get anywhere. Maybe if I can get my floppy drive to work so I can make a bootable floppy disk or make one on a CD then it might work. But Im giving up though. Ive wasted all day trying to get it to install and boot and i cant. Guess ill have to stick with winblows until i can figure this out or maybe waste another night downloading another version of linux.
 
Old 03-11-2004, 10:58 PM   #4
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Did you press any keys at that point? david
 
Old 03-12-2004, 06:07 AM   #5
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You can attempt booting of the CD....using Linux rescue...

Follow the instructions on screen....and then run
grub-install (...i'm not sure of the path....) this will re-install ur bootloader.....if there are any further probs...post the contents of your /boot/grub/grub.conf or lilo.conf...depending on your boot loader
 
Old 03-12-2004, 12:27 PM   #6
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http://mail.gnu.org/archive/html/bug.../msg00003.html
http://mail.gnu.org/archive/html/bug.../msg00001.html

That second Link is pretty much the exact same problem I am having. Same motherboard, same hang up on the same line. Except I am using RedHat9.

"Grub will only boot default linux boot if I dont "enter" with grub. If i hit
"enter" while booting (even on default boot) then grub "hangs" at the line of the bootup"

apm:bios version 1.2 flags 0x03 (drive version 1.16) line of the boot.
 
Old 10-05-2004, 04:00 PM   #7
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Boot issues

Let's solve two problems at once. You say you can't make a boot floppy b/c the light stays on, yet the floppy is new. This means the cable is attached upside down.

Turn off the system. Disconnect the floppy cable. Flip the end over and reattach it. Now the floppy should be working.

Now that the floppy is working, make a boot disk. This should help you ts the boot issue a little better.

Hope this helps.

Jonathan
 
  


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