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Old 04-17-2007, 11:48 PM   #1
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Dual Boot Compaq - Boot Up Error (BIOS?)

I have openSUSE 10.2 and Ubuntu Edgy 6.10 dual booted on a Compaq Presario machine that's about 2 1/2 years old. Everything was working fine up until tonight, when I switched out of openSUSE to go work on Ubuntu for a minute. The computer seemed to freeze on reboot, so after a few minutes of waiting, I hit the power button and restarted. Now neither system will boot. It's strange, because it seems like GRUB isn't even getting the chance to load. Usually the computer starts with a Compaq splash screen before loading my chipset (Ubuntu is on an external sata with VIA chipset), and now I don't even get the Compaq screen. The monitor never turns off standby mode, so for some reason it seems as if the computer isn't sending the signal. Is this a BIOS/CMOS problem, or is there a possibly easier solution for this?

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Could be many things, power supply, mother board etc. Can you tell if any fans or the hard drive appear to be working? Do you hear any beeps?
Old 04-18-2007, 11:53 AM   #3
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When I checked it this morning the fans appeared to be running, and the status light for the hard drive was on. I started testing out some different things, and when I turned off the external hard drive prior to boot, it booted up. When it got to GRUB, it spit out Error 21, which was expected, so I powered off, switched on the external hard drive again, powered back up, and voila! It worked. I have no idea why, or how, but I'm just glad it works.


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