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Old 02-08-2003, 08:45 AM   #1
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Unhappy SuSE 8.1 pro not booting up! - very newbie!


I have just installed SuSE 8.1 pro and everything appeared to go smoothly. It even picked up the correct hard drive to partition (I have two). However, when it comes to booting up, the GRUB boot manager allows to me click on 'Linux' but then comes up with the following error message: -
Booting 'Linux'
Kernal (hd1,2) /boot /vmlinuz root=/dev/hdb3 hdd=ide-scsi vga=791
[linux -bzImage, setup=0x1400, size=0x1078c4]
Error 28: selected item cannot fit into memory
press any key to continue

When I do this I then get the 'text' boot up menu and the same thing happens.

I presume that it is trying to load image file but can't find enough memory however, I have a Intel P4 2Ghz + 256MB DDR ram etc etc.

HELP!!!!! - I am a total newbie to Linux and this is my first ever attempt at using it - it does not bode well!
 
Old 02-08-2003, 08:49 AM   #2
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Did you allocate enough space for the swap partition ..
Linux need that Swap partition to deal with it as windows deal with RAM.
You have to have a Swap partition that is as big as your memory
Therefore, you should have a swap partition=256MB
 
Old 02-08-2003, 08:55 AM   #3
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The SuSE user guide told me to disable the windows Swap file - this is what I did!
 
Old 02-08-2003, 08:58 AM   #4
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When you install Linux over windows, you have several partitions. For example hd1..hd6.. so on.. one of those hd's should be your swap partition and it should have a space that is as much as your RAM.
If you do not have a SWAP partition ..Linux will never work
 
Old 02-08-2003, 09:49 AM   #5
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I have now carried out an 'upgrade install' and a 'new install' and the swap file was set by linux at 502mb but I am still having the same error message! - with both types of install
I never had this problem with Microsoft Windows!
 
Old 02-08-2003, 01:32 PM   #6
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I can now get into linux but only by booting up from cd then using the SuSE install disc to do a 'boot installation' but I still can't boot directly from the GRUB bootloader, I still get the error message as per my original post above.
Any Ideas?
 
Old 02-08-2003, 02:34 PM   #7
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Quote:
You have to have a Swap partition that is as big as your memory
Therefore, you should have a swap partition=256MB
swap space should be twice as big of your ram

Quote:
I can now get into linux but only by booting up from cd then using the SuSE install disc to do a 'boot installation' but I still can't boot directly from the GRUB bootloader, I still get the error message as per my original post above.
Any Ideas?
Call up SuSE, or email the grub aurthor.
 
Old 02-08-2003, 03:04 PM   #8
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Boot Partition

Do you have a Boot partition!?
If not.. do that.. place a small partition at the beginning of the hard disk that is mainly for /boot.

However, it should be small and within the first 1024 cylinders. around.. 1 cylinder.. (or around 10MB) remember this is the 1024 cylinder limit rule for the Boot partition
If that info help you let me or others know
 
Old 02-08-2003, 03:07 PM   #9
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swap space should be twice as big of your ram
Twice..!!!?
Well Swap should be at least as big as your RAM..
so it can be more yes.. but not twice..!!
I have a 2 GBRAM workstation but I do not think that I would allocate 4 GB just for the SWAP Partiition that would br an Overkill..!!
 
Old 02-08-2003, 09:20 PM   #10
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Yes, swap is to be twice the size of RAM.
 
Old 02-11-2003, 05:45 AM   #11
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I have just received a reply back from SuSE Technical support line and, I quote -
'Unfortunately this is an error that it is not resolved in the current version of SuSE Linux.'
This is one way of putting someone off Linux! This was my first attempt at using this OS and although they go on to say that I can overwrite the GRUB bootloader with LILO, this will mean that I will only be able to boot up Linux only, not my other Windows OS on my other hardrive unless I carry out some configuring which at present I do not have the expertise to do.
This was a 'paid for' distro which is more useless to me than my old Windows 3.0.
 
Old 02-11-2003, 08:51 AM   #12
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That's pretty poor. I've never heard of this error, but I suspect you have some pretty non-mainstream hardware.

Anyway, I think you should hassle SuSE - if the OS won't even boot they should either give you a free upgrade when they do fix the problem, or refund your money.
 
Old 02-11-2003, 04:26 PM   #13
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hi there -

i too am a total newbie, but i am trying to use redhat 8 on a dual boot system with Win98 as the other OS.

i have managed to partition my primary hard drive, but i get (mostly) the same message as shall - error 28

the boot partition is 100mb, (and right at the front of the drive, before cylinder 1024) the swap is 512mb (i have 256 mb DDR RAM) and the red hat partition is about 4.5gb

i'm running an AMD athlon XP2000 on an Asus A7n-266-c

any help on this would be great, i really want to be able to use red hat, but this is kinda off-putting...

Thanks
 
Old 03-17-2003, 10:58 PM   #14
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I had the exact same problem with an ASUS A7N266-VM MoBo. I upgraded to GRUB .93 and was finally able to boot. You can get it from here: http://people.debian.org/~nobse/debi...ckported/grub/
 
Old 03-18-2003, 01:31 PM   #15
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this was my first attempt at using this OS and although they go on to say that I can overwrite the GRUB bootloader with LILO, this will mean that I will only be able to boot up Linux only, not my other Windows OS on my other hardrive unless I carry out some configuring which at present I do not have the expertise to do.
Try Lilo, if that fixes it good for you. It is not hard to get windows to boot. You can do it in the GUI, all you have to do is go to YaST2 -> System -> Bootloader config, put windows first in the list & that should do it.
 
  


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