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Old 02-17-2004, 03:21 PM   #1
Gr3y
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Problems with Mepis


I have recently installed the latest free Mepis download but there are some... quirks with my install.
Windows no longer shows up on the lilo boot screen (I have checked lilo.conf and there is info for mounting hdb, my windows drive), when it checks disks it gives an error on hda2 (my swap disk), and the user I created can't log into KDE (it says that user cannot write to $HOME).
I need advice on the following:
1. Moving hda2 to hda1's position, even if it only requires a ^d I don't like seeing errors on start up.
2. Getting the created user logged in. I can su to him after I log into root but if my roommate needs to use the machine I don't want her to have / level access.
3. Removing lilo and configuring GRUB to dual boot.

I think I can do 2 and 3 on my own (should just be changing permissions and a quick install of the GRUB graphical tool) but 1 bothers me. I'm still very much a n00b when it comes to Linux and the ext3 file system, is there a way to do it?
Thank you.
 
Old 02-17-2004, 06:11 PM   #2
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Before you do serious surgery to your hard drive, re-check your /etc/fstab settings and see if something's out of place (post here if you want - lotsa peeps know about that stuff here). You might wanna do the same at the Mepis forums. They're reputed to be a helpful bunch, and WW is said to frequent them as well. If you need help, the creator would be your best last bet (but I hear he's quite a busy guy)
 
Old 02-18-2004, 02:15 PM   #3
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I've got the first two problems sorted. However I still can't get it to boot into XP (windows is on hdb).
Here is my lilo.conf file:
map=/mnt/mepis/boot/map
bitmap=/mnt/mepis/boot/mepis.bmp
bmp-colors=2,,,3,,
bmp-table=90p,160p,1,15,17
bmp-timer=400p,148p,3,2,
boot=/dev/hda
backup=/dev/null
timeout=150
compact
prompt
default=linux
image=/mnt/mepis/boot/vmlinuz-2.4.22
vga=791
label=linux
append="nomce hdc=ide-scsi acpi=off apm=power_off nofloppy "
root=/dev/hda2
image=/mnt/mepis/boot/vmlinuz-2.4.22
vga=791
label=failsafe
append="nomce acpi=off apm=power_off "
root=/dev/hda2
image=/mnt/mepis/boot/memtest86.bin
label=memtest
other = /dev/hdb1
label = win
table = /dev/hdb
map-drive = 0x80
to = 0x81
map-drive = 0x81
to = 0x80

Here is my fstab:
/dev/hda2 / ext3 defaults,noatime 1 1
/dev/hda1 swap swap sw,pri=1 0 0
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
devpts /dev/pts devpts mode=0622 0 0
/dev/hda3 /home ext3 defaults,noatime 1 2
# Dynamic entries
/dev/hdb1 /mnt/hdb1 vfat noauto,users,exec,umask=000 0 0

Any help ya'll can offer is greatly appreciated.
 
Old 02-18-2004, 04:50 PM   #4
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Quote:
Originally posted by Gr3y

other = /dev/hdb1
label = win
table = /dev/hdb
map-drive = 0x80
to = 0x81
map-drive = 0x81
to = 0x80

Here is my fstab:

/dev/hdb1 /mnt/hdb1 vfat noauto,users,exec,umask=000 0 0
I have found that the new boot-as command seems to solve a bit of a problem. Why don't you comment out:

table = /dev/hdb
map-drive = 0x80
to = 0x81
map-drive = 0x81
to = 0x80

and replace it all with:

boot-as=0x80

If that doesn't work, perhaps its the filesystem you're loading? Are you on fat32 or NTFS? Also, what actually happens when you try to access Windows? Anything?
 
  


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