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Old 09-13-2003, 06:05 PM   #1
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redhat 9 install question


i installed redhat 9 on my comptuer with the automatically configured partition wizard in the red hat 9 install. no other operating system is on the hard drive. once the red hat 9 install is completed i rebooted my computer, but it gives me an error: "error loading operating system" or something to that effect. is this caused by my partitions or did i just do something incorrect.

windows xp was on this hard drive previously, but i let the red hat 9 installer delete the partitions and reformat new partitions for linux supposedly... is my error caused by the partitions or something else i did? should i just use fdisk and reinstall redhat?

please help.
 
Old 09-13-2003, 06:54 PM   #2
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You most likely selected to install the bootloader on the partition instead of the MBR.
If you only have one OS (in this case Linux), you need to install a bootloader (GRUB or Lilo) in the MBR.

Use your Linux boot disk in order to boot the system, login as root and type:
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grub-install /dev/hda
 
Old 09-13-2003, 07:11 PM   #3
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ok, i will do that... i thought that i made sure of that... but i will do what you said... i will let you know how that works...

i really appreciate the help... i thought maybe i did the partitions wrong or something
 
Old 09-13-2003, 07:19 PM   #4
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hey, that worked!!!

that is excellent, thank you so much...

now my next question is what do i type at the grub command line...

i pressed the tab key for possible commands and it says things like kernel, boot, etc...

i just dont know what i am supposed to type into to startup linux...i would like to get into the gui part of the linux
 
Old 09-13-2003, 07:40 PM   #5
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i think i figured out what to do with grub, but i get an error...


i typed kernel /vmlinuz root=/dev/hda1

and then boot from the grub command line...

but once i do that i get a kernel panic...

this is my error: EXT2-fs: ide0(3,1): couldn't mount because of uncupported optional features (4).
kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 03:01


edit:

i found a thread on here that said make sure you have plug and play in the bios turned off and something about memory is not enough... i have 256 memory, so i think i have enough...

i check my plug and play and it is disabled...

Last edited by seanlinux; 09-13-2003 at 07:52 PM.
 
Old 09-13-2003, 08:54 PM   #6
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any ideas how to fix this error, so i can get my linux working?
 
Old 09-13-2003, 11:19 PM   #7
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Use your boot disk to boot the system.

Take a look in the /boot/grub directory, what are the files ?
Is there a file called grub.conf ? If not, check the /etc directory. (It may look like grub.conf.anaconda)
 
  


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