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Old 03-04-2003, 09:59 AM   #1
haystacs
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Problem starting Red Hat 8.0


I know this problem has been posted before but I am unsure on how to correct the problem.

I just upgraded from Red Hat 7.3 to 8.0. The install went smooth but when I start up my system hangs at INIT: version 2.84 booting.

I am running an athlon 800 mhz machine. I did some searching for the error message and found that an update is needed for the boot option. I am unsure on how to do this. Will I need to reinstall Red Hat? I was hoping there is someway around that because I have some data and configurations that I do not want to loose.

Any help would gratefully appreciated.

Thanks,

Andrew
 
Old 03-04-2003, 04:35 PM   #2
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did you check /var/log/messages?

you can usually do this with a rescue disk to get some clues as to what is causing the hang... perhaps you have a newer version of init who's code may be pointing in the wrong direction...
 
Old 03-04-2003, 04:46 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply

I am pretty new to linux so I am not sure on how to check this information? I know how to run the rescue disk but once there what should I do?
 
Old 03-04-2003, 08:05 PM   #4
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Once you get to the boot: prompt, type

root=/dev/hda1

If your root partition is different than /dev/hda1 please put in the correct one. This should get you to a command line. You can then do

less /var/log/messages

at the prompt and it will display that file that JStew mentioned. Use your up and down arrows to scroll through the file. Hopefully you'll find some error messages explaining what is going on. Let us know if you run into any problems. Hope this helps.
 
Old 03-05-2003, 06:27 AM   #5
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honestly, when it comes to upgrades... id rather just save my /home partition and then install a newer version linux all over again... At their best linux upgrades are extremely slow... at their worst, well... you're kinda seeing it
 
  


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