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Old 09-19-2004, 04:27 AM   #1
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Bootup failing at partition check -help!

Hi all,

Ive been reading a few threads in thie forum and decided to post my question. Im completely new to linux so i decided to install red hat 9 on my olf P200 PC here at home. Everything went just fine with the install but when i boot from hard disk no matter what parameter i pass the boot loader (i tried lilo and grub) it ALWAYS fails at the same prompt

My bios is AMIBIOS Megatrends release 11/20/1997s

PriMaster Type=user Size=6149 Cyln13328 Head=15 WPCom=0 Sec=63 LBAmode=on Blkmode=on PIOmode=4 32bitmode=on

PriSlave=CDROM PIO mode=4 32bitmode=off

SecMaster=CDROM PIOmode=4 32bitmode=off


The PC is a 200Mhx pentium with 64MB RAM

the boot up screen shows the followign before the failure
RAMDISK driver initialized: 16 RAM diaks of 4096size 1024 blocksize
Uniform Multi-Platform E-IDE driver Revision: 7.00beta-2.4
ide: Assuming 33Mhz system bus speed for PIO modes; override with idebus=xx

SIS5513: IDE controller at PCI slot 00:01.1
SIS5513: chipset revision 208
SIS5513: not 100% native mode will probe irqs later
SiS5597 ATA 33 controller
ide0: BM-DMA at 0x4000-0x4007, BIOS settings: hdaio, hdbio
ide1: BM-DMA at 0x4008-0x400f, BIOS settings: hdcio, hddio
hdb: LTN301, ATAPI CD/DVD-ROM drive
blk: queue c03944a0. I/O limit 4095Mb (mask 0xffffffff)
hdc: LITE-ON LTR-32123S, ATAPI CD/DVD-ROM drive
ide0 at 0x1f0-0x1f7,0x3f6 on irq 14
ide1 at 0x170-0x177,0x376 on irq 15
hda: task_no_data_intr: status=0x51 { DriveReady SeekComplete Error }
hda: task_no_data_intr: error=0x04 { DriveStatusError }
hda: 12594960 sectors (6449 MB) w/81KiB Cache, CHS=784/255/63, UDMA(33)
ide=floppey driver 0.99.newhide
Partition check;

i read the thread ../questions/archive/18/2002/09/3/30511 but it didnt make the problem go away.

Any suggestions guys? I really want to get this linux platform running, we have a little FTP server at work running red hat 9 and its really reliable. Im fed up with windows all the viruses and the cost of everything.

Any help would be great. I dont understand too much about the filesystems / mounting and the details that you see on this board sometime, so please treat me like Ive never seen a PC before and I'll be able to follow you.

Old 09-21-2004, 01:45 PM   #2
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Hey! Someone throw me a bone here PLEASE!
Old 09-21-2004, 03:51 PM   #3
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What did I say, loads of people have looked at this but no one answered. Apologies if I insulted anyone...

Any suggestions? Please?
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Will it boot of the floppy you made?
Old 09-21-2004, 04:08 PM   #5
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No, it does the same thing with the floppy. The furthest Ive got is booting from the red hat 9 CD and running the "linux rescue" utility. I then can type "chroot /mnt/sysimage" to get a command prompt and look around at folders and files.

Im not sure if im looking at the hard drive here or the CDROM!


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