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Old 07-08-2005, 12:08 AM   #1
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Question Can not get Linux to boot.

Every time I try to load linux on a clean install. No dual system. I get the following message:
Boot from ATAPI CD ROM: Faliure ...
I have tried three versions of Linux all iso and receive the same message everytime I try to run Disk 1 of any version.
I have tried four different used CD ROM's all good with no change. I bought a brand new Sony CD ROM and achieved the same results. So I do not believe my CD ROM is the problem.
I have tried Mamdrakelinux, Red Hat and Suse with the same results.
Do I need some kind of Boot Disk and if so where can I find it.
Other than that HELP!!!I know not where to go.
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Old 07-08-2005, 12:43 AM   #2
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Did you burn these cd's? If so, did you burn them as ISO's and not as a data cd?
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First of all, I would strongly suggest that you use the grub boot-loader instead of LILO...

When LILO starts up, it prints each of the letters "L..I..L..O" at four different stages in the boot process. If it stops at "LI," the problem is probably that you failed to re-run lilo after changing the /boot directory contents. (LILO requires information about the drive-geometry and file-locations which is only set by running the command interactively.)

The main reason why I suggest using grub instead of LILO is that grub is smart enough to know what file-systems are. It even has some built-in emergency recovery tools. It can correctly boot a variety of operating systems including Windows.

Your immediate recourse, until you can get rid of LILO, is to boot from a CD-ROM, get to a command-line prompt, and rerun LILO.


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