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Old 07-09-2005, 09:14 AM   #1
Registered: Jul 2005
Location: Cardiff
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replace hard drive = L 99 99 99...

I am trying to make the slave hard drive the primary (master). The other hard drive would be put in another pc.

So far, I unplugged the first drive from both power and IDE, and put the jumper back on the slave drive, to make it the master. Plugged the IDE and power into the now primary drive, powered on, and went to bios, just to make sure it was seen as the primary. All good so far.

However, after bios, I just get a screenful of L 99 99 99 99 99 99 99... (etc).

Im planning on installing Suse onto the hard drive, replacing mandriva. The boot priority puts floppy drive first, then DVD drive, then the hard drive. However, all i get is the L and 99's.

How can i go about this? I cannot format the first drive (windows) and put Suse onto that, and install windows onto the second, as the windows version is just an OEM, without a proper installation disc. Its kinda, "stuck" to the first drive.

Trying to use vmware gives the same problem - I run a virtual machine, it gets past its little bios-thing, and does the L 99's, no matter which OS I try.

How can I fix this?
Old 07-09-2005, 11:03 AM   #2
Registered: Jun 2005
Location: Oslo, Norway
Distribution: Slackware 11, Solaris 10, Solaris 9, Sourcemage 0.9.6
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The L 99 screen means that LILO has only loaded partially. Have you tried to put DVD as first boot priority? If I understand what you mean, that Windows is stuck on one of the disks, it sholdn't be a problem when you're installing a Linux distro because it will ask you which partitions to add to the bootloader config.

If you have any questions, come back here!
Old 07-09-2005, 02:46 PM   #3
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Fixed it - kinda, forgot to take the floppy disc out the drive when booting, so it wasnt booting from the DVD ops:.

Sorry about that, and thanks for the reply.


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