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carmichaelbaby 10-27-2002 01:39 AM

scrolling numbers after GRUB!!!!!!!!
Hello. I recently attempted to install red hat 8.0 on
a machine with win XP and do the dual boot thing.

The install apears to go without a hitch.

When I reboot and get into GRUB, if I choose to boot windows,
it works fine, but if I try to boot Linux, A bunch of text and numbers start scrolling infinately.

The first recommendation I heard was to put a small /boot partition below the 1023rd cylinder. I tried this on my next attempt at the install, but unfortunately, it didn't work. Same scrolling numbers when I chose Linux in the grub menu.

Does anyone have any insight they could offer me?

Thanks in advance.

Bert 10-27-2002 04:18 AM

1 USe your boot disk which you made at the end of the installation of redhat.

2 Boot into Linux.

3 Post the output of commands:

fdisk /dev/hd0 // or /dev/sd0 if it's a SCSI interface.
p // this prints the partition table.

4 and the output of the command:

cat /boot/grub/menu.lst

Then we can get a picture of what's happening.


carmichaelbaby 10-28-2002 12:20 AM

My Outputs:

fdisk /dev/hdb

The number of cylinders for this disk is set to 2491.
There is nothing wrong with that, but this is larger thann 1024,
and could, in certain setups, cause problems with:
1) software that runs at boot time (eg. older versions of LILO)
2) booting and partitioning software from other OSs


Disk /dev/hdb: 255 heads, 63 sectors, 2491 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hdb1 * 1 13 104391 83 Linux
/dev/hdb2 14 2371 18940635 83 Linux
/dev/hdb3 2372 2491 963600 82 Linux swap

cat /boot/grub/menu.lst

so such file or directory



bin lib mnt sbin ....... // boot doesn't appear in the
//listing, and I don't know
// how to access the boot partition from

Bert 10-28-2002 12:12 PM

Ok. First, make a boot disk like so:

grub-install /dev/fd0

Make sure that there's a blank floppy in the disk drive. From this disk you should be able to boot into both Linux and WIndows.

If the command doesn't work, reinstall grub from the rpm or source.


carmichaelbaby 10-28-2002 05:07 PM

I tried a re-intall, but this time, before partitioning with disk druid,
it told me that the partition table was incorrect, probably due to partitioning software having the wrong BIOS geometry.

I was using partition magic prior to install.

Even when I allowed disk druid to change the entries as it saw fit, the install still resulted in infinately scrolling text instead of bringing me to a login screen (when choosing Linux from grub)

The boot disk(floppy) created during install also brings me to scrolling text.

The only way I can do anything useful after install is to boot from red hat 8.0 installation CD 1 and choose rescue mode.

Also, during all this, I've always been able to get to windows just fine from grub. It only ever has a problem getting to Linux.

I'll try your solution using rescue mode from the CD, but hopefully I can avoid having to always boot from a floppy.

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