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Old 05-23-2007, 08:02 AM   #16
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The BIOS level should splash on startup - else check the BIOS itself.
Then hit the vendor site and see if updates are available.

Update the boot flag via any of the partitioning tools - I use fdisk
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sudo fdisk /dev/hda
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might this sequence be of any importance ...
Nope. That is merely a text area used to build error messages if grub finds an error - you aren't getting that far.
 
Old 05-23-2007, 08:30 AM   #17
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wow! works! thanks, now let me play you a tune on the piano. or have a piece of cake.
thanks everyone I'm CURED (which is good because the cd drive sometimes doesnt read the cd when it should, and sometimes does when it shouldnt, but thats a hardware malfunktion anyway now I can abandon the cd and put it on the shelf HOORAY)

disk simply didnt have a bootable flag. no idea what that means or why it should matter (nor why in the installation process I didn't come across it) but I'll remember that.
 
Old 06-05-2007, 07:14 PM   #18
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Next time YOU are installing another Linux Distro.....A) Have YOUR ISP/Networking information at hand. B) Go to the BIOS, change the First Boot Device to CD-ROM, Second Boot Device to Hard Drive, Third Boot Device to Floppy Drive. Check all other settings and get them as close to YOUR hard ware as possible. C) Place the CD/Distro in the CD-ROM tray. D) Save YOUR BIOS settings and then E) Reboot the system. After rebooting, the CD-ROM/Distro will start the installer. View the F1, F2, F3, etc help screens. Pick the cheat codes that work for YOUR system. Me, I use "doscsi", "acpi=off", and "apm=off'. Then type something like "linux doscsi acpi=off apm=off" without quotes and please press enter. This should start the installation. Time to partition. IMHO start with a clean slate. <Back-up YOUR data first>. Setup two partitions in CFDISK. First partition for Linux and also for YOUR MBR. Second partition for YOUR Linux swap. Swap needs to be twice YOUR memory if less than 512MB's. If YOU have 2GB's+, swap is not necessary, but useful anyways. I use a swap partition about 1200MB's. It works for me. If YOU install a different Linux Distro often, I suggest a "/home" partition. This way YOU can partition the hard drive and save the data on the "/home" partition each time. YOU can add more partitions if YOU like. Linux needs at least 2GB's for the root partition. <The partition with all the Distro Files>. Setup all the hardware YOU can during the install. Its smoother than after the reboot. If YOU run a lot of USB peripherals, try to install with them unplugged. After being up and running, try to install them one at a time. Good luck. After finishing the install, change the First Boot Device to Hard Drive, Second Boot Device to CD-ROM.

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