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Old 11-05-2003, 11:18 AM   #1
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Dell Precision M60: problems installing Redhat 8 (dual-boot)


I just got a Dell Precision M60. It has Windows XP and I am trying to install Linux (dual-boot). I started with partition magic and created the partitions ( /, /boot, swap space, and a partition to share with windows). After the installation process, I reboot and get GRUB: I can boot windows. However, I cannot boot Linux: it hangs at some point during the booting process. The last 3 lines displayed are:
PCI_IDE: not 100% native mode: will probe irqs later
ide0: BM-DMA at 0xbf a0-0xbf a7, BIOS settings: hdaMA, hdbio
ide1: BM-DMA at 0xbf a8-0xbf af, BIOS settings: hdcMA, hddio

Then it just hangs there. I tried re-installing linux with slightly different partition schemes, but get the same result. I am able to boot with rescue linux. Changed the grub.conf file to this:

title Red Hat Linux (2.4.18-14)
root (hd0,2)
kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.18-14 ro root=/dev/hda3 hda=nodma hdc=nodma
initrd /initrd-2.4.18-14.img
title Windows XP
rootnoverify (hd0,1)
chainloader +1

I get the same result. Any ideas? Thanks!
Old 11-05-2003, 03:26 PM   #2
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"created the partitions ( /, /boot, swap space, and a partition to share with windows)"

If the partitions are on the hard drive in the same order that you describe in this sentence then root is /dev/hda1.

I would change:
kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.18-14 ro root=/dev/hda3 hda=nodma hdc=nodma
kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.18-14 ro root=/dev/hda1

You probably don't need the nodma parameters unless you have buggy or antique disk drives or disk controllers.

Be prepared. Create a LifeBoat CD.

Steve Stites
Old 11-06-2003, 09:30 AM   #3
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when installing on quite recent hardware, why not installing new/recent distros?
Old 11-11-2003, 08:03 AM   #4
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Thank you.
jailbait: I actually have more partitions (one ntfs for windows, one fat to share linux/windows). I checked the order of the partitions in the sentences, and it was fine.
hulkt: I wanted to install RH8 for sake of uniformity with the rest of my group. I gave up with RH8 though... RH9 works fine.


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