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Old 08-03-2010, 06:20 PM   #1
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menu.list, but no boot. old machine


I installed puppy-4.2.1 .... seamonkey on my grandsons ibm thinkpad, that was made for windows 98. It runs fine from the CD, so I wanted to put it on the hard drive. Followed the internal directions to the "t" (I think). Trying to boot from the hard drive I get the menu.lst, choose the top line (which is the puppy install on sda1) and then wait.

The hard drive light comes on and blinks on and off irregularly for a time, but puppy never shows his face.

I did what the directions call the "Full" install. (Not frugal). I went back and from the CD in a terminal ran the following commands:

root (hd0,0)
setup (hd0)
quit

After thew setup command grub claimed to have successfully set up grub on hd0, but it still won't boot to puppy.

Any suggestions? memory is 256, hard drive 5Gb, intel celeron processor.
 
Old 08-03-2010, 08:30 PM   #2
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I am no expert, but according to the website puppy 5.0 is available and notes to have bug fixes and enhancements, perhaps the newer version would solve the install hangup. That would be my first step. That reminds me that I had noticed on a feather linux installation attempt that the HDD instl settings file did not setup the system like the live CD system- quite annoying.
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No messages at all ?. Sounds like a bootsplash getting in the way. Can you post the (disk) menu.lst - use the liveCD, but make sure you get the correct menu.lst.
While you're at it how about the output from "fdisk -l" (may need to be root).
 
Old 08-04-2010, 11:17 AM   #4
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No messages at all ?. Sounds like a bootsplash getting in the way. Can you post the (disk) menu.lst - use the liveCD, but make sure you get the correct menu.lst.
While you're at it how about the output from "fdisk -l" (may need to be root).
***************

Thanks for your reply. Here is the results from fdisk -l:
# fdisk -l

Disk /dev/sda: 5124 MB, 5124833280 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 623 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 549 4409811 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 550 623 594405 82 Linux swap / Solaris
#


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And here is the menu.lst from sda1:

# GRUB configuration file '/boot/grub/menu.lst'.
# generated by 'grubconfig'. Fri Jan 7 12:51:32 2000
#
# The backup copy of the MBR for drive '/dev/sda' is
# here '/boot/grub/mbr.sda.21571'. You can restore it like this.
# dd if=/boot/grub/mbr.sda.21571 of=/dev/sda bs=512 count=1
#
# Start GRUB global section
#timeout 30
color light-gray/blue black/light-gray
gfxmenu /boot/grub/deep_stage1
# End GRUB global section
# Linux bootable partition config begins
title Linux (on /dev/sda1)
root (hd0,0)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/sda1 ro vga=787
# Linux bootable partition config ends
title Install GRUB to floppy disk (on /dev/fd0)
pause Insert a formatted floppy disk and press enter.
root (hd0,0)
setup (fd0)
pause Press enter to continue.
title Install GRUB to Linux partition (on /dev/sda1)
root (hd0,0)
setup (hd0,0)
pause Press enter to continue.
title - For help press 'c', then type: 'help'
root (hd0)
title - For usage examples, type: 'cat /boot/grub/usage.txt'
root (hd0)

****************
I should say that immediately after choosing to boot to "Linux (on /dev/sda1)" (Puppy 4.2 - which is the only thing on the hard disk), there is a flash of text on the screen that disappears before I can even focus on it, much less read it. Then it goes into the procedure of not booting that I have described.

I wiped "Peppermint" off this drive (though it was booting fine) because I didn't know how to configure it to get on the internet. Puppy has made that easy. I tried Puppy 5, but it won't boot on this machine at all.
 
Old 08-04-2010, 11:20 AM   #5
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I am no expert, but according to the website puppy 5.0 is available and notes to have bug fixes and enhancements, perhaps the newer version would solve the install hangup. That would be my first step. That reminds me that I had noticed on a feather linux installation attempt that the HDD instl settings file did not setup the system like the live CD system- quite annoying.
Good luck-
Thanks for your quick reply. It was Puppy five that persuaded me to try puppy again. But I found that it won't boot on this computer at all, though the same disk boot readily on newer computers. Wish I could use it. It works great on my desktop (Which doesn't really need a minimalist OS).
 
Old 08-04-2010, 12:21 PM   #6
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Try puttting a # at the beginning of this line "gfxmenu /boot/grub/deep_stage1" and if that doesn't work try changing root=/dev/sda1 to root=/dev/hda1 in the menu.lst. and/or if that doesn't work try adding pfix=nox to the kernel line. to boot into the command line.

Last edited by colorpurple21859; 08-04-2010 at 12:53 PM.
 
Old 08-05-2010, 03:26 PM   #7
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Try puttting a # at the beginning of this line "gfxmenu /boot/grub/deep_stage1" and if that doesn't work try changing root=/dev/sda1 to root=/dev/hda1 in the menu.lst. and/or if that doesn't work try adding pfix=nox to the kernel line. to boot into the command line.
Thanks, colorpurple, I went to /dev/sda/boot/grub and discovered that menu.lst was nearly blank. So I reinstalld Puppy 4.2. This time (third or fourth try) installed ans worked. Except for the install problems. it seems like a super distro for this old laptop.

Thanks for your suggestions. I'll keep them in my file in case I need to try it on some future occasion.
 
  


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