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Old 08-20-2004, 02:05 AM   #1
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Angry HEELLLP! Boot failed: please change disks and press any key to continue


Hi guys.

About 2 months ago I was using Redhat 9, and for some reason my HD crashed. Needless to say, I had to redo my whole HD. I haven't really messed with Redhat 9 since (been on XP), but I finally decided I wanted to play with it again after various issues with Wnidows. So I made my boot disk with the bootdisk.img file found on disk one in the \images folder. Everytime I use it and try to set up (the screen where it says press enter to go to setup, or type [insert something here] *enter* to enter text setup), I get this error right after the Loading... part:

Boot failed: please change disks and press any key to continue.

Why would it do this? As far as I know, I'm doing the exact same thing I did last time. Any help would be appreciated!
 
Old 08-20-2004, 04:05 AM   #2
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This sounds like a bad sector on the disk or a badly burnt compact disk (you didn't say which type you were using).

I'd try making another boot disk and see if that works.
 
Old 08-20-2004, 12:56 PM   #3
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I'm using a floppy.

I guess it's possible, but I'm not having any trouble reading the files through windows explorer, and whenever I wrote the boot disk it didn't come up with any errors. It won't hurt to try another one though, so I'll see.
 
Old 08-20-2004, 12:58 PM   #4
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I have another question: how do I boot from my CD Rom? I could never get it to work. :\
 
Old 08-20-2004, 01:02 PM   #5
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hi
set ur bios to booot from CDROM while booting
boot from the 1st cdrom
type
#linux rescue
at the boot prompt

and follow the instructions there after

then at the rescue promt
#lilo
if u are using lilo
#grub-install /dev/hda
if u r using grub

regards
gaurav
 
Old 08-23-2004, 11:43 AM   #6
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I've tried three different floppies now and neither worked. I can't seem to boot from my CDRom, so that's a no-go. Unless my CD isn't bootable. I'll make a bootable linux disc just to make sure.

Could it be *anything* else?
 
Old 08-23-2004, 11:54 AM   #7
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hi

cdrom that will be a better option
u never know with floppies!
also redhat 8.0 CD might work here ,if u have that now try from it also before burning a new CD

regards
 
Old 08-23-2004, 12:24 PM   #8
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Assuming you have a PC, to boot from a CD you need to change the BIOS settings. Usually there's something called a “boot order” that says which device to try first.

Some older BIOSes (before sometime in the mid 1990s) don't have the option of booting from a CD at all; if your BIOS is that old then you may need to upgrade it, or use a boot floppy.

Are the disks you are using new? They tend to degrade with age (the magnetic bits flake off, and — if you're really lucky — they start to grow a microscopic fungus).

Problems reading floppy disks could also be your floppy disk drive, floppy cable, or floppy disk controller.
 
Old 09-01-2004, 03:51 AM   #9
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I managed to get a working floppy boot disk. Now the Linux install doesn't want to read my CDs for some reason. :-( I don't have hte image files so that I can install it from my hard drive... is there a way to make image files from my CDs that the Linux install will read? Would anyone know how to do that?
 
  


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