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Old 10-09-2003, 08:56 PM   #1
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Angry Redhat boot problems


I wen't and bought Redhat 9 at Bestbuy. I was going to install it
on my old PC with WIN98. I stick disc one in, reboot and start running the graphical version of Aniconda and select the timezone
and crap. Then I selected the GRUB bootloader. I started installing and when done, I selected resolution, and the Text GRUB and created a boot diskete. It said to remove all disks
and leave the Boot diskete in. I did so and rebooted. It said that my 'boot diskete' was not bootable. WTF? So I rebooted with the diskete out of the drive. It said that I could enter a list of specific commands like DOS. I enter boot as it was in the list and it said
Kernal must be loaded before boot. WTF? So I reinstalled
and this time chose graphical GRUB. It asked me what version of
Redhat I wanted to boot. I only have redhat on there so I picked it and an automatic DOS promt started rolling up my screen-I thought good, it's really doing it. Then it stoped at a line and froze
I tried three times more-SAME THING. I'm STUCK IN A WINDOWS WORLD-PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
Old 10-09-2003, 10:34 PM   #2
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It sounds like somehow the install was interupted the first time. Why don't you try a clean install, including formatting/partitionaing the hard drive. Make sure not to select upgrade a current RedHat installation, but a new install. When prompted for creating a boot disk, skip it. I have installed RedHat and a variety of other distributions and have never created a boot disk and I haven't missed it. If you do run into problems and can't boot, you have other options for grabbing a bootable floppy or cd image from the internet later. If you are doing a fresh install and it is unbootable, you won't have any data to lose anyhow.
 
Old 10-10-2003, 10:25 AM   #3
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Quote:
Originally posted by m_yates
It sounds like somehow the install was interupted the first time. Why don't you try a clean install, including formatting/partitionaing the hard drive. Make sure not to select upgrade a current RedHat installation, but a new install. When prompted for creating a boot disk, skip it. I have installed RedHat and a variety of other distributions and have never created a boot disk and I haven't missed it. If you do run into problems and can't boot, you have other options for grabbing a bootable floppy or cd image from the internet later. If you are doing a fresh install and it is unbootable, you won't have any data to lose anyhow.
Well I don't know about that. I've tried almost everything
and deleted windows 98. So I'll just keep trying. But I'm doing fine with the installation-I watch it install fully.
It's the booting.
 
Old 10-10-2003, 11:40 AM   #4
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While the text is rolling up the screen during boot up, what is the last line say when it freezes? That should give a hint to the underlying problem.
 
Old 10-10-2003, 11:41 AM   #5
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maybe you should paste the command at which it stucks ...
also try lilo for bootloading instead of grub may help
 
Old 10-13-2003, 01:08 PM   #6
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It always stops at "apm: BIOS version 1.2 Flags 0x0b (Driver version 1.16)" without quotations. I'm using the graphical GURB booter. PLEASE HELP ASAP

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Old 10-13-2003, 03:00 PM   #7
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I'm not certain what the error means, but apm is a power management function used on laptops primarily. If you have a desktop, you shouldn't need it. It seems like from the error, apm conflicts with the BIOS on your computer. Did you select any laptop system applications during install? If you don't have a laptop, you can safely remove apm. The description of the package is here: http://rpm.pbone.net/index.php3/stat....i386.rpm.html

If you can boot up using a boot disk, you may be able to remove it by typing "rpm -e apmd" as root, then try re-booting. Sorry I'm not more help. Hopefully your message will be seen by a more knowledgable person.
 
Old 10-14-2003, 05:46 PM   #8
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The trouble is, I don't have another operating system on my PC.
I using a whole different PC to post this-my Primary PC. Should I download the APMD program and make a copy on Cd and stick it in before booting?
 
Old 10-14-2003, 06:13 PM   #9
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You can probably disable APM at boot. In the documentation on Redhat's support site, read the Users Manual and the Customization Guide for Rh 9.0. At the end of one of those books (in the appendix) is a list of special boot options which can be used to work around certain hardware problems, including apm conflicts. Also somewhere in those books are step by step instructions describing how to use those options when booting with Grub. Read carefully, there's a lot of useful information in thoose guides.

 
Old 10-18-2003, 10:23 AM   #10
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Ok. That worked. But now after I turned off APM at boot by entering "linux apm=off" from redhat.com, it freezes at a line
"Kernal panic: no init found. Try passing init= option to Kernal.

WHAT NOW???????????
 
Old 10-20-2003, 02:42 PM   #11
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At the "boot:" prompt, type the following to see if you can at least get to a command prompt:

init=/bin/bash

Since this is a fresh install, you might want to start again from scratch. Even though the install appeared to go ok, obviously it didn't.

Post your full system specs. You might have some hardware component that Linux is having trouble with.
 
  


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