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Old 09-22-2003, 08:10 AM   #1
enra960
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Booting redhat 9.0 problems


Hi all,
i installed redhat 9.A (kernel 2.4.xxx ). During the installation the session asks for creating a boot floppy disk, chosen that opportunity the process formats the floppy but it doesn't complete with a failure. At the next boot without floppy the system boots with grub boot loader and i have two choices
( infact i partitioned my maxtor 120GB disk XP+Linux ): dos, linux.
Starting with linux the boot sequence reach the modprobe execution and fails systematically.
My new first linux installation needed of disk driver from Promise ( My pc has a asus motherb. with 376 fasttrack promise sata controller, it works fine with the sfw driver.
I tried to reinstall the linux without choosing to make boot floppy and it complete correctly, but the behavior is always the same.
I used the boot floppy at that time created with incomplete installation procedure and it works fine until the run of modprobe like the boot from hd.
What can i do ? Is it possible to run some command from the
boot) prompt for mounting the hd and then .... boot ?
thank you in advance, bye
 
Old 09-22-2003, 04:17 PM   #2
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my bet is your problem has nothing to do with the boot floppy.

What is the error message during "the modprobe execution"

if you have something goofy in /etc/modules.conf then you can boot into rescue mode (basically just a shell), mount the root partition, and edit that file by hand (once you find the offending module)
 
Old 09-24-2003, 05:52 AM   #3
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The error during boot sequence uisng both floppy or hd is:
-------------------------------------------------------------
Kmod: failed to exec /sbin/modprobe -s -K block-major-8,errno=2
VFS: Cannot open root device "sda3" or 08:03
Please append a correct "root" boot option
Kernel panic: VFS Unable to mount root fs on 08:03
-------------------------------------------------------------
How can I start the os in a shell and try a manual check of
the os files involved during the boot ?
Considering that creation of boot floppy fails, what can do ?
thanks
 
Old 09-24-2003, 06:18 AM   #4
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Sorry I was forgetting that I cannot boot from a CD drive, I can do that from Floppy drive or HDisk.
I have a boot floppy I used to install Redhat, that one without
Promise Fasttrack drive. The floppy created by installation procedure failed, but I noted that I can boot from it procedure stops like booting from hd.
Thanks a lot !
 
Old 09-25-2003, 03:54 PM   #5
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boot with you installation floppy, with the installation CD in the drive, and follow these instructions:
http://support.pa.msu.edu/help/faqs/...at-cdboot.html
 
  


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