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Old 07-13-2002, 12:16 PM   #1
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Question Redhat 7.1 install

I have a MicronPC laptop that I installed RH 7.1 on and didn't disable the DHCP
installation and now, of course, the boot up is asking for a 'local host login'.
I would like to know if there is a way to disable this because I'm not
(at this time) connected to a server and it won't let me boot up
otherwise. I also noticed that that there was no allowance for 'grub' as a boot
loader. Is that not in RH 7.1? (I saw that option when I went thru a RH 7.3
install.) Or do I only get to that after my first successful boot up?
One, more ?...When I rebooted after the inability to boot into the desktop with
the lack of the 'local host login' I also noticed that there was no option
allowed for booting into my Windows 2000 side. I hope that is becuase I haven't
booted all the way up successfully. I'll be working on this all weekend,
(7/13&14/02) as I have time. Thanks in advance for any help.
Old 07-13-2002, 01:40 PM   #2
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To disable DHCP, first you need to log into your system. But it does not look like DHCP problem for me. "Localhost login:".. It seems that you're booting into text mode.
Try to log in. When the text appears type "root" (without "), then you'll be asked for password. Use the one you've choosen during install. After login your prompt will look like this:
[root@localhost root]$
Try to start GUI. You do this typing
Look if it works. If you'd like to have GUI automatically loaded (after you know it works!) open /etc/inittab file. You'll find there line
Change 3 to 5 and save it (you can do this in GUI).

Then the Win2000 part. It does not like lilo. To use Windows bootloader follow
But before you do this:
1) Make a Linux boot disk (in case of trouble):
from console
2) Note down which partition if Linux root. To do this use
cat /etc/fstab
or open /etc/fstab file in any editor
The output will be something similar to
/dev/hdb5 / reiserfs defaults 1 1
/dev/hdb10 /cvs reiserfs defaults 1 2
none /dev/pts devpts mode=0620 0 0
/mnt/cdrom /mnt/cdrom supermount fs=iso9660,dev=/dev/cdrom 0 0
/mnt/floppy /mnt/floppy supermount fs=vfat,dev=/dev/fd0 0 0
none /proc proc defaults 0 0
/dev/hda6 swap swap defaults 0 0
It's an example (my fstab, but not full, it's too long). What's interesting is the first line (the one with /dev/hdb5 /, "/" means it's root partition). In this case, note down "/dev/hdb5". You'll need it later when following instructions from the HOWTO.
3) You can also remove LILO from its current location:
lilo -u
After reboot, Win2000 bootloader should appear (and you won't have a chance to boot Linux, only from boot disk or installation cd!).
In case of trouble, write.

Last edited by Mara; 07-13-2002 at 01:52 PM.


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