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Old 08-14-2006, 10:30 AM   #1
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"Error Loading OS" Displayed After Installing Fedora Core 5

I recently installed Red Hat Fedora Core 5 x86_64 on an AMD Athlon 64 3200+. My first master IDE hard drive 120 gb holds WinXP home edition SP2 and I installed Fedora to my slave 80 gb. The Installation went fine, no problems, and I installed GRUB to my first hard drive (/dev/hda). When it ejected my DVD and it told me to reboot, I did so. But after the boot screen, GRUB never started, and all I saw was a blank screen though the light on my LCD monitor was green, meaning it was getting a signal. So I rebooted again and went into the bios, and then booted to my slave hard drive(/dev/hdb). But the hard drive didn't boot Fedora and I got a message saying (Error Loading OS_). I've tried twice now but it still doesn't work. Please help.
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Do you get any kind of error messages when GRUB tries to load?
Did you make a boot floppy after you finished installing Fedora? (Fedora installer should have asked you to make one before rebooting)
Old 08-16-2006, 11:47 AM   #3
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GRUB Load Problem

No, I don't get any kind of error message when Grub tries to load. My monitor screen remains blank, but it flashes in and out of signal. And the Fedora 5 installation never asked me to make a boot disc. At least, I don't think it did. But thanks for the suggestion: I'll try installing it again just in case it does ask and I can make a boot disc. But I had one more question: I'm installing Fedora on my slave 80 gb IDE hard drive and I want to dedicate the whole drive to Fedora. So when the partioning screen comes up, which of these should I choose.

1. Remove all Linux Partitions and create layout.
2. Remove all partitions and create Layout.
3. Create Layout with remaining space on drive.
4. Create custom Layout.

I think these are all the options it gives me, so I just wanted to ask you which I should choose. Until now, I've been choosing choice #2. Thanks for your tips.
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I don't think randomly stumbling on the correct solution by repeatedly installing linux is going to work. What I would do is 4, and create / (10 GB), and an extended partition using all remain ing space. In the extended partition make swap (1 GB), and /home, all remaining space. This way you can reinstall linux and keep /home, where all your personal stuff is.

There's a problem with you disk configuration and how grub reads it. The slave should be (hd1,0), and if you partition it the way I showed you, root=/dev/sda1. When you install linux, put grub in the MBR. Windows will still boot, don't worry. If you have problems see this post:

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Old 08-21-2006, 09:10 PM   #5
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Hard Drives

It displays my master hard drive(120 gbs partitioned half and half into WinXP Home Edition and WinXP Media Center Edition) as /dev/hda and it displays my slave hard drive(80 gb) as /dev/hdb.
I really don't know why, so I need to fix that to start in the first place.


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