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Old 10-04-2010, 09:58 PM   #1
twum_au
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Question Newbie installed Puppy to HDD, now won't boot........


Hi guys,
I just installed Puppy to a P4 desktop PC and chose the full install to HDD.
Installation seemed to go fine, chose default installation except for recommended GRUB option "MBR"
I was kinda worried when I was shown a warning that said Puppy has a problem with bootup.....and that "MBR" option was problematical.....
Anyway I thought the install was fine but next time I tried to boot up I was shown a screen -
gnu grub version 0.97

linux (on/dev/sda1)

Linux initrd/tmp/boot/boot/initrd.img-2.6.10-5

Install grub to floppy disc (on/dev/fd0)

Install grub to Linux partition (on/dev/sda1)

I'm asked to use up/down arrows to select an option ???and frankly I wasn't expecting this, no idea whats happening. I thought it was all done
Any ideas appreciated but please use english as I don't speak geek
Regards,
Greg
 
Old 10-04-2010, 10:20 PM   #2
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Maybe below will help

http://www.mygnulinux.com/?p=385
 
Old 10-04-2010, 10:36 PM   #3
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well, Im getting you right you are getting grub menu startup if yes
press e
and at prompt
> find /boot/vmlinuz
(hdx,y)
>root(hdx,y)
>kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda2 ro
>boot

this should work fine with full install to hd
 
Old 10-05-2010, 04:27 PM   #4
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Thanks,
I won't pretend I understand what you posted but I pressed e like you said and I was shown another blue panel on a black background-

gnu grub version 0.97 (639k lower/506816k upper memory)

I must use up/down arrows to select from one of two options

root (hd,o)

OR

kernel/boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/sda1 ro vga=normal

The second option looks kinda like what you wanted should I try that?
Regards,
Greg

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well, Im getting you right you are getting grub menu startup if yes
press e
and at prompt
> find /boot/vmlinuz
(hdx,y)
>root(hdx,y)
>kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hda2 ro
>boot

this should work fine with full install to hd
 
Old 10-05-2010, 04:34 PM   #5
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Thanks,
link did not show the same "grub" screen I was fretting over but might be useful if I get any further than the current roadblock......
Regards,
Greg
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Originally Posted by rokytnji View Post
Maybe below will help

http://www.mygnulinux.com/?p=385
 
Old 10-08-2010, 06:07 AM   #6
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Im really sorry for late reply and wrong input actually its not e-edit it is c-commandline

from there command find /boot/vmlinuz will find out the location of kernel like (hdx,y) where x and y are integers.



then then proceeding commands to load operating system
 
Old 10-09-2010, 06:42 PM   #7
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Thanks again gripip for trying to assist, I'm sure you mean well.
Please take the time to read (and hopefully understand) my post, it's kinda long but it's important.
To a typical windows trained computer moron such as myself COMMAND LINE (and DOS) are incomprehensible and user unfriendly foreign languages that only hardcore computer enthusiasts would wish to understand.
Morons such as I can make some sense of GUI processes as they are somewhat intuitive. CLI demands the user think like a computer.

Nevertheless I tried typing in the instructions you provided but all I got was "error 27" unrecognised command.

My first experience with Puppy has been BAD, the silly thing won't even install and after reading lots of posts about various problems others are having it looks like it can't be made to work without CLI and thats a major turn off.
Regards,
Greg





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Im really sorry for late reply and wrong input actually its not e-edit it is c-commandline

from there command find /boot/vmlinuz will find out the location of kernel like (hdx,y) where x and y are integers.



then then proceeding commands to load operating system
 
Old 10-12-2010, 01:55 PM   #8
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sorry again for being late first all command line is not that hard its kinda easy. second if you are really finding it hard to boot puppy read /boot/grub/usage.txt after booting live cd and third try linux mint if you can (handy install and window like features).
 
  


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