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Old 07-31-2002, 02:34 PM   #1
tdavidk
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Exclamation Installation Error ... really strange


Ok, I've never used Linux before, and I bought Red Hat Linux 6.2 a while back and just recently tried installing it. Now, the first time I tried installing it, it crashed half way through. Then I reformatted and tried installing again, everything worked fine. I rebooted, and it started up, and then started spewing out 1's all the way across and down the screen, assumably into infinity. A friend of mine said to try asking here, and said that he had had the same problem but couldn't remember the specifics, except that it had something todo with the Lilo. Please help, I would be very greatful to finally try out linux and see if I like it.

David
 
Old 07-31-2002, 09:51 PM   #2
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My best guess would be something wrong with HD configuration. Either lilo pointed to an non-existent HD or something else.

The easiest way is temporarily unplug the other HD's, leaving only one connected. Install on that one. It should be /dev/hda1.

If the same thing persists, make sure the HD's set to master/slave with the right cable connection: last one = master, 2nd = slave. Then check your BIOS boot order.
 
Old 08-01-2002, 05:22 AM   #3
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Well, you may want to try to boot into rescue mode, and make sure lilo is pointing to the correct drives. Determine from this table what drive you have:

First drive on the primary IDE = /dev/hda Each additional partition will be marked with 1,2,3 etc respectively
Second drive on the Primary IDE = /dev/hdb
First drive on the Secondary IDE (if both exist on Primary) = /dev/hdc
Second drive on the secondary IDE = /dev/hdd

So assuming you have only RH installed in your system, and you have it installed vanilla, then you will probably need to have lilo look like this:
image = /boot/vmlinuz
root = /dev/hda1
label = RH

Or something like that, probably have something with a "initrd" in it and maybe an "append" line, but that's the basic line.
If you have a dual boot, and winbloze (or whatever OS) is on a seperate HD, then lilo may want to look like this:

image = /boot/vmlinuz
root = /dev/hdb1
label = RH

Assuming you put Winbloze on first, and then RH on your second HD.

Ok, so this is what you have done so far:
1. Booted into rescue. How? Put in your CDROM, wait til it gets to the opening screen (press enter to install, or F1 for more options) and press F1 or just type rescue.

2. Gotten to a command prompt using Rescue. pico'd (or whatever your favorite text editor is) /mnt/etc/lilo.conf (no that's not a typo, when I boot into rescue, I have to go to mnt first.)

3. edited lilo as needed to point to your correct drive according to the above instructions/ideas.

Now we are set. type /mnt/sbin/lilo or possibly just /sbin/lilo and run lilo to get it all setup and installed.

Now restart and hold your picture of Linus close to your heart.

Hopefully you will be posting your next post in linux, if not, let us know what's not working, or what I didn't explain very well.

Cool
 
Old 08-01-2002, 10:08 AM   #4
tdavidk
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Well, I am pretty sure it isn't that the hard drive isn't configured wrong, mainly because it does install the files and everything, also, there is no second HD, so no conflicts between Master/Slave confusion.I will try to boot it into rescue mode, but the last time I tried to boot it, including using the install disk, it kept doing the same thing. Just streaming ones out onto the screen. I can't remember if the install disk did that as well or not, but i'll try it this weekend. Thanks, any other suggestions are welcome!
 
  


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