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Old 05-07-2006, 01:20 AM   #1
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Boot error messages

I've just installed SimplyMEPIS3.4 as my first real live Linux distro, and can get it to run. Can't download updates or anything else because my broadband isn't configured yet, BUT...

On booting, I get these error messages before it hangs:

grep: etc/modules: bad file descriptor (I've looked in etc/modules (hidden), which should contain modules to load at boot time, but it just contains commented lines of what it should contain...) No modules listed.


<1> Fixing recursive fault but reboot is needed!

Columns of hex also sometimes appear at various stages.

If I leave it, it may go further in the boot sequence, or I may have to hard boot again. Sometimes I can resolve it by selecting video mode 0 as opposed to press spacebar to continue or wait 30 seconds...

At least with a bit of effort I can get in and learn...

There are other issues such as duplicated help files, but I'll post another thread on that later.

Couldn't find any other threads on the above. Any ideas, guys?

Old 05-09-2006, 03:22 AM   #2
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Hi there again
No too sure what is going one there.
Saying that because it is a live distro you will have
less of a chance to fix the problem than in a full distro

At the stage you are, you would probably learn more by installing
1 or 2 distro for good.
What PC specs have you got? Can you (are you ready) to do a dual boot?
Anything critical on the PC? have you got 2 HD or can you get a cheap
2d HD?
Take the plounge Matelot!


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