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Old 05-21-2004, 07:09 PM   #1
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Unhappy Installed lba-linux on a partition on my second hd but it will not boot

I am very new to linux. I am currently running windows xp pro. I decided to give linux a try and downloaded lba-linux r1. I then ran partitionmagic 8.0 to make a linux partition (20GB) and swap partition (500MB) on my 2nd hard drive (Maxtor 120GB 7200rpm). I was successful making the partitions and rebooted the computer and installed lba-linux by choosing the "Remove all GNU/Linux partitions on this system (recommended)" option on the automatic partition screen. Everything seemed to install just fine. When I rebooted and tried to boot linux it went thru a list of things and stopped at "ENABLING SWAP [OK]" and wouldn't do anything after that. What did I do wrong and what should I do now?"

I also tried to Install linux on another computer thinking that i might have better luck. Boy was i wrong, I had even worse luck. I did everything the same as my first attempt except after it seemed to install just fine and the computer rebooted, the bootloader didn't pop up and the computer automatically loaded windows xp. Partitionmagic then popped up before I could log onto windows and gave me a message: "error 626". When I finally logged onto windows the second hard drive did not show up in the explorer. When I ran partitionmagic, a message popped up that said the size of the partitions were incorrect and would i like them to fix the error, I clicked yes. When the PM window popped up it showed my 2nd hd without any partitions and it said BAD. I tried making the PM rescue disks but they didn't work. I then tried to reformat the hd using PM but when I rebooted the computer so that it could format the drive it came up with "error 4", and I still can't see the disk in windows. Then just for the heck of it i tried reinstalling linux. The linux installer was able to recognize the hd, so i tried installing it again but the same problem occured once again. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on how I could retrieve the data I had on this hd and make it readable again, or if retrieval of the data is impossible, how can i reformat the hd so I can use it again? Any help anyone can provide would be greatly appreciated.
Old 05-22-2004, 01:39 AM   #2
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wow. that was a lot to read and grasp lol. lets give it a shot.

first off if you only wanted to try linux, you should just download a live-cd like the one from and try it out (it runs slow because its from a cd keep in mind). Beyond that lets see

If you have a linux boot floppy that can get you to a command prompt we may be able to help you?
The first computer stopping at "enabling swap [ok]" is either not really stopped and you just aren't waiting long enough or there is either something wrong with your hard drive, partition, swap file system, or lba-linux just isn't that great maybe (I have no experience with it). If you want to try linux (after trying knoppix) try Fedora, Mandrake, or SuSE...I would say SuSE because it has YaST (a program like the control panel in XP but w/ much more categories and it is also a partition magic if you let SuSE partition on its own it won't have any problems that maybe partition magic was at fault for and it also comes precompiled with NTFS drivers)

next computer:

You couldn't boot to linux because you didn't install GRUB, LILO, or make a boot disk most likely, or you installed it to the wrong place (try GRUB in the Master boot record, AKA MBR). Windows cannot read linux partitions natively...there are programs that will read them from windows for you (explore2fs is the one I know of that works). As for retrieving the data if you have formated the drive it pretty much gone...if you only converted the filesystem you may be able to convert back...I am not exactly sure I understand all that you did to this hard drive...tell us some more specifics

I Highly recomend a different distro that is designed to sit next to windows like the ones I mentioned

Last edited by vdogvictor; 05-22-2004 at 01:41 AM.


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