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Old 02-12-2005, 03:49 AM   #1
dimension8300
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Grub looping on Suse 9.2


Hi
I have two hard drives, Prim 60gig IDE / Secon 40gig IDE.
Second has Win2000 / WinXP / Suse 9.2
I have installed Grub on a floppy. (Until everything works!)
Win2000 and WinXP still work fine.
WHen I select suse 9.2 in grub, it goes to black screen then PC restarts.
WHen I go to safe mode for suse 9.2 it stops at checking resterfile log (or something like that!)

I can start suse from the startup cd. Although network does not load and the is something funny going on with my NTFS drives, in that it can't read them.

Hope you can help.

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Old 02-12-2005, 11:28 PM   #2
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I am grateful people are still using floppies so I hope I can help.

What do you mean by black....blank screen with no mention of grub? if so .....your floppy is not correct
try
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...hreadid=237511

2) what do you mean by restart? bios screen re-appears? then grub has failed.

3) try a knoppix cd....it can read ntfs......then check your suse /etc/fstab file I dont use suse but a manual mount could be

su
mkdir /ntfs
mount -t ntfs /dev/hdaX /ntfs where hda is the name of the partition to mount likely to be your first drive?

4) if you do not get a black screen and get the word grub in it....my trouble shooter may help
 
Old 02-13-2005, 07:02 AM   #3
dimension8300
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Hi Aus9

Thanks for your reply!

When grub started, I would select Suse, the screen would then go blank for about 4 seconds then the pc would reset! And then grub would load again.


I stumbled across a suse grub review page on the novel site. Which has enabled me to move forward a little.

It appears that the vga setting set by Yast for grub(vga=0x31a) where incorrect, I used there example on the suse site and set vga=normal, which at least now boots suse. Although the text is very large.

Is there anything I could do to change the resolution while booting, so I can see the text a little smaller.


My next problem is that suse refuses to load my network card. I have an intel pro100 which suse has recognised and installed the modules. Which is an e100! But when I go to see if it is working it says it is active but not configured.

I was hoping that getting suse to at least start up correctly would mean that it would load the network card.

Could it still be a grub issue with the network card?

Sorry for rambling! I hope you follow all the above.

Thanks!
 
Old 02-13-2005, 08:33 PM   #4
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either delete the vga from your grub or change to vga=ask

2) don't know how to config suse pls do a new thread in the networking area after reading any suse help and doing a search. Some sticky posts are a help. Also consider looking at the suse forum

3) I assume you are no longer getting a reboot with small text but if not .......you need to fix it. post your /boot/grub/menu.lst file if you still have issues with vga=ask and you experience reboot.
 
Old 02-17-2005, 01:41 PM   #5
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Hi Aus9

What do you think of my grub startup command?

(hd1,7)/boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hdb8 vga=0x31a selinix=0 splash=silent resume=/dev/hdb7 desktop elevator=as showopts
(hd1,7)/boot/initrd

Do I need all these commands in it, like splash=silent?

Cheers
 
Old 02-17-2005, 10:17 PM   #6
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well since you ask......heh heh

the resume is I believe only necessary if you are using software suspend so get rid of it btw I do not like software suspend

I have no idea of desktop elevator must be a suse thing

splash may also be a suse thing referring to a kernel patch to see splash status progress bar? someone correct me?

anyhow you can delete it and see what diff it makes.

NOW for the those paying attn

why do these distros still insist on absolute pathways that need careful checking and where is your kernel and initrd commands try this

root (hd1,7)
kernel /boot/vmlinuz root=/dev/hdb8
initrd /boot/initrd

if that fails try it without the /boot bits.

If you check my troubleshooter you hopefully will see it makes sense to train people to think of the root command and then the kernel command and then if necessary the initrd command
 
  


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