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Old 09-08-2002, 01:37 PM   #1
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Unhappy Bootup Problem

After I hit enter on the LILO prompt, I get a screen full of the same error message:
"target 2: rate=10.0 Mhz, synchronous, sync offset=15 bytes"
it repeats itself all the way down the screen at every other line. My HD keeps busy and the screen kind of flashes these error messages. I'm guessing its a problem with the video card or X.
I'm wondering if there is a quick fix, but doing another install would not be a problem. I installed X, but I'm not sure it is the problem. Please let me know if there is anything I can clarify.
Thanks in advance,
Old 09-09-2002, 04:13 AM   #2
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try running xconfigurator or whatever your x config program is, that is if you can get into your command line, if not you may have to re-install and make sure all your info for your video card is right....
Old 09-09-2002, 05:48 AM   #3
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would be useful to know your distro. suse comes with a config tool called SaX or SaX2
cheers, jens
Old 09-09-2002, 06:19 AM   #4
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re-install your system and DO NOT change default graphic settings and make sure you chose to start with graphic windows {depends on your distro} most distro are graphic windows by attention during another installation
Old 09-10-2002, 01:21 AM   #5
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X doesnt come after the lilo prompt... it's something else probably..maybe u changed some settings in lilo.conf?
do not REINSTALL your system.. it's not windows.. fix it...start inserting a linux bootdisk and see what happens...
Old 09-10-2002, 04:15 AM   #6
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Still not knowing your distro is going to be sort of a problem. Whatever you have, if it's relatively new, you more than likely have a rescue option on the boot cd. Plug it in as if you were going to install, and when you get to the first screen where you "press enter to install" press F1 instead. In there you may find some info, and something about rescue, follow the instructions. Once in rescue mode, you may find a choice to edit LILO, select it. Now look around for things like "vga=ask" and things of that nature. This might be your problem, so comment out any lines that look like that.

You might also want to give us a few other useful bits about your setup, like your graphics card, and monitor maybe. Is this a desktop or laptop, and so on.

KayJay has the right idea though, a rescue floppy would help to eliminate other possibilities maybe, and only as a last resort reinstall.

If your distro added a "failsafe" option on your bootup screen, you may also want to try selecting that and see if it boots. It may also be a framebuffer issue.

Old 09-11-2002, 10:04 PM   #7
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Your probably right MasterC, a frame buffer issue.
Thanks to all of you for the replies, I'm still workin it out.

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can anyone tell me how to create a linux boot disk? I can't even install redhat7.3, since my comp doesn't accept my cd as bootable- setup no worky. thankyou kindly!
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