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Old 04-23-2004, 02:42 AM   #1
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Just Grub

Hi, I am brand new to Linux and have just installed Redhat 9. I get through the setup then it reboots and just diplays GRUB then nothing no prompt nothing. The same thing happens with LILO except it says LI. I installed GRUB to the MBR. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

My system is
P3 733
512 MB RAM
30 Gig HD ( just linux on it, no dual boot )
3D Labs Oxygen Video
Asus MB
Old 04-23-2004, 07:13 AM   #2
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you have ONLY RedHat installed in your PC ? (If you got grub i would imagine you have a second OS)

So, the way I understand it: you see the Grub blue screen but ther eis no operating system listed for you to chose ??

If this is the case you need to configure grub properly.

Try booting with your rescue disk and fix grub.
What is in you file /boot/grub/menu.lst ?
Old 04-23-2004, 07:21 AM   #3
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seems your /boot/grub/menu.lst file has been deleted ?

at the GRUB prompt type
kernel /vmlinuz ro root=/dev/hda2 (or wherever your root partiton is)
initrd /initrd-(whatever the initrd file is called)

that should bott linux, and allow you to fix your problem.
Old 04-23-2004, 10:57 AM   #4
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It does not even get into the blue screen for GRUB. The computer shows the POST info on startup then gives me a black screen that has GRUB in the lower left corner. I cant type anything at the GRUB prompt. Do i even need GRUB if I dont have a second OS on the system? Cause i thought about that when i was installing it but the only option for not using a boot manager was to boot from a floppy every time.
thanks again.
Old 04-23-2004, 05:44 PM   #5
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I have always double booted... so.. I never came to find out if you need to have GRUB in a single linux system. Someone else might be able to answer that one.

You can install GRUB in the MBR or in the 'boot sector' , I would say that you need to reinstall your GRUB fromt he rescue disk.

From the man pages:
To use GRUB, you need to install it on your drive. There are two
ways of doing that - either using the utility `grub-install' (*note
Invoking grub-install: on a UNIX-like OS, or by using the native
Stage 2. These are quite similar, however, the utility might probe a
wrong BIOS drive, so better be careful.

I guess you cought one of this '..probe a wrong BIOS...'

So... rescue disk and reinstall from there :P
Old 04-24-2004, 02:50 AM   #6
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Hmmmm... well anyone else have any ideas why this is happening? Really want to get this working. thanks
Old 04-26-2004, 07:46 AM   #7
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As far as I can tell you do need a boot loader as it defines where the kernel is etc
it also gives you the advantage of trying different kernels safely i.e. you can choose between the old and new kernels.

I am still trying to find info on how to dual boot a second harddrive with another version of linux for playing with. good luck and persist with some form of boot loader


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