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Old 11-23-2002, 04:57 AM   #1
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boot failure with RH 8.0 on dual boot pc

I attempted to set up a pc w/ windows me as a dual boot w/ red hat 8.0.

To create the linux partition, I used the FIPS utility that comes w/the install cd. During the installation, I opted for automatic partition set up of the linux partition, upon which a warning message was received stating that "the boot partition /boot may not meet booting constraints for your architecture. Creation of a boot disk is highly encouraged." I continued with the install, making sure there was enough space allocated for the swap partition (double the RAM: 128MB in this case, as I have 64MB of RAM).

I completed the install with no problems or other warning messages. While attempting to boot, I got to the grub screen prompting for an OS to boot. After choosing linux, the system went into what initially appeared to be a normal boot process, with the various system messages scrolling past (all seemingly inocuous) until it got to a message stating "Freeing unused kernal memory: 212k freed." After that, the boot process stopped completely.

How can this be fixed? Is this a problem with the MBR? Or maybe a partitioning error...?
Old 11-23-2002, 05:16 AM   #2
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Try installing RH8 again and make the bootdisk this time


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