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Old 10-13-2003, 02:42 AM   #1
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Unhappy RH9 on HP Ze5300 problems...

I have been reading online about the correct way to get Redhat 9.0 working on my Hp Ze5300... however I havent been able to edit the grub.conf file... I am unable to edit the file using vi in order to disable the firewire controller and pcmcia device... any idea where i can find the commands to type and all... I was trying to get ahold of Knoppix and boot off of that and use a GUI based editor, however using 56k I have yet to download the 700MB ISO... any helpful hints???? Is it possible to edit the file using the rescue mode with the RH9 install discs???

* I forgot to mention that I was able to get everthing installed by typing [ nofirewire ] during install, I have been trying to boot into Interactive startup, but pressing "I" does nothing... no matter how many times I press it or hold it down. But during startup the system lock whenever kudzu or firewire is probed/started. Also I have been told that the system will hang on shutdown unless pcmcia is disabled. I havent gotten that far though....

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Old 10-13-2003, 10:13 AM   #2
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"Is it possible to edit the file using the rescue mode with the RH9 install discs???"

Another possibility is LifeBoat:

"Is it possible to edit the file using the rescue mode with the RH9 install discs???"

Possibly. You boot the Red Hat rescue, mount your / partition, and then run your editor from the / partition.

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Old 10-13-2003, 04:25 PM   #3
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I had similar difficulties when putting Redhat 9 on my ze4220, I used emacs to edit the grub.conf file, it seems a lot easier to use than vi, and it's built in. if you only have the install disc (no boot disk), and are trying to get to a root prompt, you can type: linux rescue nousb nofirewire and it will load up for you. it will put you in a weird area though after you use the rescue mode, so just type chroot /mnt/sysimage and you will have a root prompt. after you edit the grub file in emacs, just type ctrl+x , ctrl+c and type y to save it.

edit: are you trying to get it to dual boot or do you only want linux on it? You'll have to use the process I described above either way, but theres a lot more to do if you want to dual boot.

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Old 10-30-2003, 04:06 PM   #4
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yea! Got it going finally!

Got everything working with dual boot! However having to use an external modem, the drivers that I had found seem to not work for the aclink soft modem.. and the only 3rd party drivers for linux I've found arent free.... So I guess I will just be having to either use dial up with an external modem or have another cat 5 cable strung out to were im going... If anyone knows of a working 802.11x card that is linux driver friendly please post something... the linksys card I have now and the built in wifi are a joke with no drivers anywhere that I've found. Thanks again....
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Hi, i had the same problem with start-up - no matter how many times i pressed "I" it didn't enter interactive startup.
Here's what helped me (found it in a document about installing redhat9.0 on ze5470us)

After installation of the packages, the computer will reboot. If you are fast enough you can press the I key to enter the Interactive startup. Otherwise it will lockup and you will have to cycle power. Accept the default of y for everything EXCEPT kudzu, firewire and pcmcia. Kudzu will crash every startup and pcmcia will crash if you try to stop it, until ACPI is properly configured.

I was not able to hit it fast enough no mater what I tried, so at the grub boot loader screen I pressed a to modify the boot string prior to booting. Add nofirewire single to the end of the boot string. This will start the system and place you at a system prompt.

Edit the /etc/grub.conf :

Add nofirewire to the end of linux boot string

kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.20-8 ro root=LABEL=/ hdc=ide-scsi nofirewire

Disable the services kudzu and pcmcia for now so you do not need to interact with the start everytime you reboot. To do this simply run:

chkconfig --level 3 kudzu off

Do the same thing for pcmcia and also for level 5.

Reboot your system and at this point you should be able to boot with out any user-actions.


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