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Old 06-22-2004, 11:33 AM   #1
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Question help installing linux fedora core 2 i386


I downloaded all of the 4 CD's and burned them, I also read the readme file and followed its instructions, burned another CD containing the files inside boot.iso. I have all i need but the computer cant identify the boot, can anyone tell me how to boot it?, and how to boot this 4 MB file with floppy disks?(1.44)

and i cant acsess the bios to make the CD as bootable, Pls if anyone knows how to solve it please tell me
 
Old 06-22-2004, 11:46 AM   #2
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and i cant acsess the bios to make the CD as bootable
why cant you access your BIOS ?
did you forget the bios password ?

get your motherboard manual out, it will instruct you how to re-set your bios.

you need to make your machine boot off cdrom.
you can do it with floppy. but its a nightmare.
 
Old 06-22-2004, 12:18 PM   #3
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partialy corrupted BIOS

i am experiancing serious problems with this bios, its an old machine with a lot of problems and one of them is this bios problem, i can access it but i cannot change the bootable cuz it gives error messeges all the time, and the warrenty has expired 5 years ago...

i need a way to boot with floppy...

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Old 06-22-2004, 01:12 PM   #4
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From what I have read you can not create a boot floppy install disk for FC2.


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Old 06-22-2004, 01:40 PM   #5
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Hello Maxim16,

If you disable your hard disk by matter of hardware (I main disconnect it) does it look for other bootable device?

If so try to find a MS dos diskette which support large file system, normally something like MS or PC Dos 6 or Dos behind MS Windows 95 or 98 (first release).

If you made or have a MS Dos bootable diskette start FDISK and disable the active partition.

This is sometimes enough to make an early BIOS to look for another boot device.

Of course if you not want a dual boot and not care about the data on the hard disk you can remove the whole current partition.

I hope that this information will help you.

With kind regards,

Richard
 
Old 06-22-2004, 01:52 PM   #6
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Thx for the information,

As you said i dont care about the information on this computer, are you saying i should make a complete format on the hard disk?
 
Old 06-23-2004, 01:50 AM   #7
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Okay of you don’t care about the current information on your hard disk you can format it (without adding boot files) or remove the whole current partition on the hard disk.

This is also possible that an “older” BIOS looks for the boot device by checking the ATA/IDE device code, if this is the case you can still get Linux installed.

Change the hard disk to the settings of you CD-rom and change the CD-rom to the settings of your hard disk. You can do this with changing the “small” jumpers on the back of the devices.

After you installed Linux of your hard disk you change the settings back, so that your hard disk if the first boot device.

If this all doesn’t work, you can still try to get into your BIOS with an old DOS program from AMI which gives you some basic access to you BIOS settings. With this program you are able to change setting like hard disk setup and boot device.

If your mainboard is not that old you can try to find the reset jumper on your mainboard, what normally will flush all settings and will put your BIOS data back in factory standard. This is a solution is possible of a higher risk factor, because if your BIOS is really corrupted it will leave you with a useless mainboard.

Less risky solution to make your BIOS work again, is downloading a BIOS update (including the MS/PC-Dos program to Flash it to you BIOS) from your mainboard manufacturer and buy a new EPROM chip, of course same EPROM chip model as you now have.

Then boot the computer with MS/PC-Dos, and now the really tricky part you have to remove the BIOS chip and insert the new EPROM chip. Then if the computer did not restarted you run the BIOS Flash program and Flash the new BIOS information into your new EPROM chip. (Depending on the version of your PROM, EPROM or EEPROM chip you have to put a small sticker on the little hole before flashing it).

After you successful finished the flashing of the new BIOS you have to restart the computer, the first boot will prompt you with an error; this is normal enter into your BIOS settings and change the settings to your details.

With kind regards,

Richard
 
Old 06-23-2004, 02:24 AM   #8
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Less risky solution to make your BIOS work again, is downloading a BIOS update (including the MS/PC-Dos program to Flash it to you BIOS) from your mainboard manufacturer and buy a new EPROM chip, of course same EPROM chip model as you now have.
where should i go to buy a new EPROM chip, it's a first for me to even hear that they sell those thing as parts.

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Old 06-23-2004, 03:58 AM   #9
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Dear Hq4ever,

First I have no idea where you live, but yes surely this PROM, EEPROM or EPROM chips are normally available at small electronic shops. It doesn’t have to be a computer shop.

Before I would say shops like “Radio shack”, but I have no-a-days total no idea if they still alive.

You can always search the internet “Google” with the markings of your chip and the name of your home town; this will give you probably the best result(s).

With kind regards,

Richard

P.S. please be careful with this solution, it is a good idea to test this operation a few times with the computer OFF before you do it with the computer ON. This will also make it easier to insert the new chip.
 
Old 06-26-2004, 04:27 AM   #10
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Its working now

Thx for the advices, i finally figured out how to boot it.
will take time to ajust to this OS but im on my way
 
Old 06-26-2004, 04:38 AM   #11
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Everyone would appreciate if you could post how you managed to get your system to boot off the CD... and your info would be of great help to others who may encounter same/similar problems
 
  


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