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Old 06-05-2009, 01:13 PM   #1
CraigyDee
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Red Hat not starting


Hey, I am currently trying to boot from what I believe is Red Hat v5.1(The system is old enough that no one around knows what version it was before it stopped working). The problem is I cannot do a fresh install because it is for an iRobot robot which is no longer supported, and we do not have the proper software to do a fresh install so the robot will work as it should. I have already removed the hdd and checked it to see if the files are on it, and they are not. I also tried going into the bios and doing a loading the safe start default, which did not work.

When it begins to start it has 'LILO boot:' and then after about 5 seconds it begins to load linux and gets to a point where I believe it says 'Clearing memory' or something similar and then says 72k of memory cleared. Then it just sits and does nothing from there. Is there any way I would be able to get Red Hat to start without doing a fresh install?
 
Old 06-05-2009, 01:46 PM   #2
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You say you've had the HDD out and there are no files on it?
 
Old 06-05-2009, 01:57 PM   #3
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No, there are files on the hdd, just not the files I need to do a fresh install for the robot interface. Which is why I need to get Red Hat to start, because re-installing is not an option.
 
Old 06-05-2009, 02:00 PM   #4
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Well, thats a good thing- have a look at /var/log/boot, or perhaps /var/log/dmesg, the last lines should give you a clue as to the exact issue
 
Old 06-05-2009, 02:17 PM   #5
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I have 4 different boot files, 1 wont open and out of the other 3, none of them has todays date, and the dmesg files shows all the information it does upon startup right up to where it stops.
 
Old 06-08-2009, 08:35 AM   #6
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does anyone have any suggestions? it would be greatly appreciated
 
Old 06-08-2009, 10:23 AM   #7
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Are you sure it's doing nothing? It could be checking the volumes which will take time.

Also you try modifying the boot entry in grub and add the word "single" at the end this will boot it to single user mode and you should at least get a prompt which will let you do some digging around in log files etc for some answers

See the following link

http://www.redhat.com/docs/manuals/l...ng-single.html
 
  


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