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Old 04-02-2004, 12:30 AM   #1
OzDingo
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RH 8 Initial Boot Lockup


Hello,
I have just installed RH8 from CD (x3) I purchased from a PC store. The install went OK and required rebooting. So far so good. On rebooting for the 1st time things seemed OK up to the detecting hardware still what seemed in a dos type enviorment, it then changed to a graphic interface waiting for me to click on "FORWARD" to continue. The problem was the PC was frozen.
This my first install of linux to see what it is like so any help would be appreciated. I have done what I think is a search of all areas I can think of concerning this problem but no answers seem to match my problem.

Thanks in Advance.

Paul.
 
Old 04-02-2004, 01:48 AM   #2
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the first thing to solve problems is taking a look at the logs. try start with a kernel option "1", wich will take you to runlevel 1, wich is a text-only root enviroment. there are several logs in /var/logs/ don't know if the X server (your grafics system) log resides there, but find out and take a look there (use basic commands like "ls" and "cd .." to navigate through the dirs and "less <filename>" to view the logfiles)

if there's an error in some logfile wich you don't understand / don't know how to solve, try uploading the text

greetinz,
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Old 04-02-2004, 07:29 AM   #3
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OK I got it to boot up by reinstalling it. The 2 probs I have now is it will not recognise the mouse or modem. The mouse is a Logitech PS/2 and the Modem is a Conexant 56k running under a generic driver with windows.
I remember seeing something about what to do if the mouse will not load but I cant remember where I seen it.

Any help would be appreciated even if it is just a direction where to look for an answer.
 
Old 04-02-2004, 11:40 AM   #4
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As you are running Redhat, try using the configure druids (wizards in the winblows world). At the command prompt, type

Code:
redhat-config-
and then press the tab key twice.

This will present you with a list of the druids, and I think one of them is to configure your mouse. I have a Logitech cordless working on a KVM switch (one monitor/keyboard/mouse for my two machines). I am using the generic mouse driver and have enabled "emulate 3 buttons".

Another thing that is important is to check the hcl ( hardware compatibility list). LQ has one here: http://www.linuxquestions.org/hcl/index.php
And Redhat has one at : http://hardware.redhat.com/hcl/

If you find that you need to download drivers, make sure you read the README and INSTALL files.

Hope this helps,
Nyte
 
Old 04-07-2004, 09:30 AM   #5
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Well I am almost at the stage when I feel like thowing in the towel so to speak. I have HD0 with XP on it and HD1 with Linux RH 8 (psych) I have re-installed RH8 on HD0 and if I boot from the boot disk I get as far as the screen in top post. If I boot directly from HD0 I get as far as GRUB followed by a _ and no further. It is quite frustrating. If I could get to the rescue mode where I can edit etc, maybe I could do something but unfortuneately I cannot get that far.
When I boot from floppy I get the opportunity to enter commands Linux (pararms) but I have not been able to find what commands I can enter here. I have tried text and text mem=128m but it still goes to the screen in the 1st post and freezes.
Is there some way of bypassing the "starting 1st boot" in graphics mode and boot in text mode?

thanks again.
Paul
 
Old 04-07-2004, 09:46 AM   #6
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Error in above post.
Re-installed RH8 on HD1, not HD0.

Paul
 
Old 04-07-2004, 09:51 AM   #7
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you DO know there is an edit button?
 
Old 04-07-2004, 07:21 PM   #8
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It would be nice if you elaborated a bit more. You see I do not get the opportunity to enter anything. Booting from the Harddrive it will go as far as a blank screen with "GRUB" displayed and that is all it seems to freeze at this point. Booting from boot disk (floppy) will take me as far as the graphical screen mentioned in the top post and again freezes, the only option is to re-boot.
I have d/loaded user docs for RH8 such as the installation/Reference and getting started docs.
What I am looking for now is a list of commands that can be used in the shell etc.
Anyway I am going to have another go at it and see what happens.

Paul
 
Old 04-07-2004, 08:41 PM   #9
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Paul - do you solve the problem ? I have exactly the same problem and am looking for answer too. Really frustrated... !

Maria
 
Old 04-08-2004, 01:39 AM   #10
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Maria,
Not yet but have taken up a NEW hobby, intensive reading. The problem is there doesnt seem to be an easy way to find what you want as most docs are for the advanced user. If I do find a solution I will post it.
Good Luck
Paul.
 
Old 04-21-2004, 10:54 AM   #11
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Has anyone found a solution to this problem. I am running into the same thing.

It sounds like I need to install GRUB somewhere, but I do not know how to boot into linux to install it.

Thanks for your help-

Lou
 
  


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