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Old 05-28-2003, 03:34 PM   #1
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Boot Problem


Using RH7.3, LILO, old 1.2 GB hdd p166/32mb ram as a basic router.

Install went fine, rebooted, configured iptables, rebooted, again no problem. The problem came when I powered the machine OFF, then back on this morning. Invalid system disk. The hdd is no longer bootable. Then I reconfigured lilo.conf and reran lilo. Did a warm reboot several times, no problem. Power off, then on again, BANG - Invalid system disk.

This hardware is quite old, is there some weird compatibility issues with the old BIOS/LBA settings that are freaking out LILO?

Boot floppy works fine every time.

Thanks for any help.
 
Old 05-28-2003, 03:36 PM   #2
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That is strange. Is it possible that the BIOS is resetting itself and changing the boot sequence? Maybe a bad battery on the motherboard. I only say that because it works every time from the floppy.
 
Old 05-28-2003, 03:38 PM   #3
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Battery is fine, the computer was a lampstand for about 4 years, powered on, date/time were exact. Boot order is same, fdd then hdd. Any other thoughts?
 
Old 05-28-2003, 03:59 PM   #4
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Try making sure that the HDD isn't set to autodetect.

What HDD are you using?
 
Old 05-28-2003, 11:16 PM   #5
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It's an old WD Caviar 21200 (1.2GB). It is set for autodetect in the BIOS, and the BIOS recognizes the model exactly. I have never known this to be a problem with any OS, but I will try tomorrow to set manually. It's just strange that after running LILO I can do warm reboots all day long, but when the system is powered OFF but it just seems like the MBR is wiped or something.

Any other thoughts???
 
Old 05-29-2003, 08:18 AM   #6
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just a stupid thought, u got a floppy in the drive?
 
Old 05-29-2003, 11:35 AM   #7
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Only to boot the OS when the HD won't boot.
 
Old 05-31-2003, 12:55 PM   #8
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Try to check cable connect to HD
 
  


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