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Old 11-10-2002, 01:13 AM   #1
Idle
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Question RH 7.1 and GRUB.


Allo everyone!

Recently I installed Red Hat 8.0, and everything worked dandy.
Except my internal (PCI) ADSL modem (Greatspeed Appolo 3.0, ITeX chipset).
As far as I know, the only drivers available for that chipset for Linux are for kernel version 2.4.16 and 2.4.2.
After many of days attempting to compile those kernels under RH 8.0 I've given up, and downloaded RH 7.1.

Please note that I do not have a floppy drive, nor intend to install one.

But as RH 7.1 installs LILO by default, I can't boot up on my 40 GB hdd.
I tried copying the GRUB RPM from the RH 8.0 CD (both source and binary) and installing under RH 7.1 after booting up in rescue mode, but wasn't able to without using the --force option, since there was a missing (or incompatible, not sure as I forgot to write down the exact error) GLIBC file (pardon my ignorance, I know I should note such errors).
But, it installed, and I was able to run grub-install and later grub to configure GRUB, but when it saved the GRUB config, I got the same error as when I was installing the GRUB package.

Nevertheless, I've gathered quite some information on the requirements for building GRUB, the partitions on my hard drive and so on...
But, being a newcomer to Linux, I don't know for sure whether GRUB will actually work under RH 7.1 (dual booting, with Win-2000 Pro).

I don't feel like buying a new DSL modem and an ethernet card, as I just bought my current one less than two months ago.

So, my problem (and question) in a nutshell:

Does GRUB work under Red Hat 7.1, and if so, how would I go around installing it (and which version, and where to get it, as I can't find anything except the tarballs at gnu.org).
All this, without a single boot disk (unless I could somehow make a bootable CD?).

Thanks in advance!
 
Old 11-10-2002, 11:59 AM   #2
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Re: RH 7.1 and GRUB.

Quote:
Originally posted by Idle
Allo everyone!

Recently I installed Red Hat 8.0, and everything worked dandy.
Except my internal (PCI) ADSL modem (Greatspeed Appolo 3.0, ITeX chipset).
As far as I know, the only drivers available for that chipset for Linux are for kernel version 2.4.16 and 2.4.2.
After many of days attempting to compile those kernels under RH 8.0 I've given up, and downloaded RH 7.1.

Please note that I do not have a floppy drive, nor intend to install one.
You shouldn't need one, but it would sure make things easier...

Quote:
But as RH 7.1 installs LILO by default, I can't boot up on my 40 GB hdd.
I don't know why not, lilo has worked for years...

Quote:
I tried copying the GRUB RPM from the RH 8.0 CD (both source and binary) and installing under RH 7.1 after booting up in rescue mode, but wasn't able to without using the --force option, since there was a missing (or incompatible, not sure as I forgot to write down the exact error) GLIBC file (pardon my ignorance, I know I should note such errors).
But, it installed, and I was able to run grub-install and later grub to configure GRUB, but when it saved the GRUB config, I got the same error as when I was installing the GRUB package.
Yeah, you're missing some (important) pieces. It won't work this way.


Quote:
Nevertheless, I've gathered quite some information on the requirements for building GRUB, the partitions on my hard drive and so on...
But, being a newcomer to Linux, I don't know for sure whether GRUB will actually work under RH 7.1 (dual booting, with Win-2000 Pro).
Good!

Quote:
So, my problem (and question) in a nutshell:

Does GRUB work under Red Hat 7.1, and if so, how would I go around installing it (and which version, and where to get it, as I can't find anything except the tarballs at gnu.org).
All this, without a single boot disk (unless I could somehow make a bootable CD?).

Thanks in advance!
No problemo. How are you booting into Redhat at the moment (from the CD?) If so, or if you can, do this and run lilo as "root". If lilo chokes on you, post your /etc/lilo.conf file here for us to look at.

There are other non-linux alternatives to lilo and grub, namely XOSL.

http://www.xosl.org/

You could try it... (I have never had to use it, no idea as to how well it works).


Here is a Win XP, linux bootloader howto:

http://jaeger.morpheus.net/linux/ntldr.php


This one might be a bit better:

http://home.ubalt.edu/abento/linux/r...ualbootNT.html


Keep us posted.


John
 
Old 11-22-2002, 10:41 AM   #3
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Sorry for late reply...

I completely forgot about my post here.

Although I gave up on those experiments, I appreciate the reply.
I'm sure it would've helped a lot.

Alas, I tossed my PCI modem out the window and got one of those ADSL barricades from SMC instead, installed Red Hat 8 again, and everything's working dandy.
Well, almost, but that's another story I'll probably post here, too.

Again, thanks for your information!
 
Old 11-22-2002, 03:11 PM   #4
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Re: Sorry for late reply...

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Originally posted by Idle
I completely forgot about my post here.

Although I gave up on those experiments, I appreciate the reply.
I'm sure it would've helped a lot.
Well, it looked good anyways...


Quote:

Alas, I tossed my PCI modem out the window and got one of those ADSL barricades from SMC instead, installed Red Hat 8 again, and everything's working dandy.
Well, almost, but that's another story I'll probably post here, too.
Reinstalled Redhat? no way! I would have never recommended that


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[/b]Again, thanks for your information! [/B]
Anytime


John
 
  


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