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Old 05-18-2004, 03:01 AM   #1
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Location: AUCKLAND
Distribution: Fedora core 2 , RH9
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boot problem with rh9 and xp

hey i have this major problem. I am using grub loader. it presents me with dos or linux bootup. It seems fine untill i choose a os to boot up. when i choose dos i get this:
Booting "DOS"

rootmoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1
nothing happens I dont know whats going on. would i have to reinstall ?

when i choose linux it boots up ok .. but when i startx it crashes:
(EE) no devices detected

fatal server error:
no screens found

any advice appreciated. i dont want to have to reinstall my windows and linux again. thanks people

it has been working fine this morning. i took the hdd to school and used in ton thier machine. when i brought it back home this happened.

Last edited by sonesay; 05-18-2004 at 03:02 AM.
Old 05-18-2004, 05:52 AM   #2
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for linux, the problems probably resides in your XF86Config file (/etc/X11/XF86Config) because to me it seems like it can't detect/find your screen or graphics a terminal and write


and press tab once or few times to get the commands available. if you see something like "xf86config" or similar, run it and it probably asks you some facts about the screen/graphics card, and when you're done, startx should work. the other option is that if you know your screen's settings (from manual/manufacturer's website) and your graphics card and the driver name, just edit /etc/X11/XF86Config directly. that should solve the problem. oh, and before trying to do changes, login as root so that you are able to do things

and for windows...I'm not sure. are you sure your windows is installed in the first primary partition on your first harddisk (hd0,0) ? if you are, then I don't know...I mean, my idea of a grub entry for windows is simply

title Windows
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1

and that should work. at least it has worked for me...I don't know about what your windows might have done. and for the last thing: was that a misspelled word on your post, "rootmoverify", or did you paste it straight from the grub config? if it _was_ rootmoverify (with m inside the word), change it to "rootnoverify" (with n instead of m inside the word). but I suspect you just happened to write m instead of n in your post... anyway.
Old 05-19-2004, 04:20 AM   #3
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thanks for your help.. i just reformated again and reinstalled everything. This time I'm keeping my os on different hdd .. so it wont mess up the other. thanks again for trying to help.


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