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Old 10-10-2010, 07:07 AM   #1
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Boot failed in fedora 11

Hi all I am using fedora 11 from last one or + year. Just few days back I have try to install fedora 13 on new hdd I have brought. my have install fedora 13 on fresh drive and while installation i gave hdd of 11 to mount into fedora 13. but something went wrong. now i can not boot fedora 11 with single drive. the boot process starts normally and suddenly gives following errors. I don;t know how to check error log.

sbin/consoletype: error while loading
then something like below.. it goes very fast so can't track

share file permission denied.
Remounting root in read mode, fail mount sdb1. invalid Argument
Don't seem to be have valid NTFS partion
and all the messages goes very fast saying all start processes were failed with error loading error.

final log is

init: tty4 respawing too fast stopped.
init: tty5 respawing too fast stopped.
init: tty2 respawing too fast stopped.
init: tty3 respawing too fast stopped.
init: tty6 respawing too fast stopped.
init prefdm main process (1936) terminated with statys 127.
init prefdm main process ended respawning.
init prefdm main respawning too fast. stopped.
Please help me to booth the fedora or any way i can recover my data from fedora. my fedora 11 have two partion. one is boot and other is LVM(I think), i did not recall it's type, but it is comes by default in fedora.


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Old 10-10-2010, 05:45 PM   #2
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When you see the boot menu, select Fedora 11 with the arrow keys but don't press enter. Press the 'e' key. What do you see, for example, root (hd0,1). My guess is that the boot loader may be looking at the wrong partition. Installing Fedora 13 included the installation of a new boot loader.
Old 10-10-2010, 08:22 PM   #3
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fedora's anaconda installer is very notorious ( and VERY well documented) for not seeing other linux installes on other drives
and / or
setting up grub with the wrong settings for a second or third linux install

it has always been recommended to set then up , in grub.conf, by hand
from the output of
su -
fdisk -l
you can get the partition of the DEAD and unsupported( past END OF LIFE ) fedora 11

just off hand WHY do you need the unsupported fedora 11 on the computer along with the current 13

the normal upgrade path is to back up data , reformat ( 13 uses a different default partition format than 11 )
13 uses ext4
11 used ext3
install the current and restore data from the back up .
then repeat EVERY 6 months .


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