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Old 03-03-2003, 02:56 AM   #1
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Bootup problems


I have SuSE 7 installed on my 8GB slave drive but after installtion which works fine,when it comes to shuting down and then restarting then the problem happens.

On restart as soon as the POST finishes and then boots Linux, all I get on the bootup screen is a whole list of 0 and 1's going across the screen and down.

How do I solve this problem.

Old 03-03-2003, 02:07 PM   #2
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Did you install a boot manager? Do LILO or GRUB ring a bell? Or did you choose to use a floppy to boot? Try this: boot with your install CD (I've never installed SUSE so this may not be right) and enter this: linux root=/dev/hdx <-----'x' needs to be the drive you installed SUSE on. I will make some guesses here according to the limited info you have provided. If you only have 2 IDE hard drives the first one is /dev/hda the second one is /dev/hdb. If you have more than one partition on /dev/hdb then you will need to indicate which partition you want to boot i.e /dev/hdb1 or /dev/hdb2 etc. best guess is

linux root=/dev/hdb1

If that doesn't work try /dev/hdb2 or /dev/hdb3 etc.

I notice you said it is on a slave drive, does that mean you have another OS installed on the master? LILO or GRUB can give you a menu on boot that lets you select which OS to boot. Do a search for how to install LILO or GRUB.
Post back if you need more help.
Old 04-28-2003, 01:10 PM   #3
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I had the same problem, I had the problem with Suse aswell as Slackware 9.

During the installation i was not asked to install grub or lilo (as far as i know on suse lilo was automatically instaleld).

on slackware i was asked to choose the boot device, when i chose my HD's MBR, i got an error saying it could write to the MBR (im positive the MBR is clear cuz i cleared it using three different methods about 5 times).

when i chose the primary partition to boot the OS, well this didnt work either cuz this filled my screen with 1's and 0's.

and booting from a disk did the same. I don't think the slackware set-up even wrote anything to the boot option i had chosen.

what is another way to get around this problem, besides the one given in the previous reply - i.e. boot from the OS boot cd. - using this method would be a pain in the kneck.
Old 04-28-2003, 06:14 PM   #4
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Did you make a floppy to boot from? If so boot from the floppy and reinstall LILO. There are multiple posts on this very topic right here. Of course there is always 'man lilo'
Old 04-28-2003, 06:23 PM   #5
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Bootup Problems

Thanks for the replies but in the end I ended putting what I needed on the MBR of my windows partition so I have had no problems since then but will still try other alternatives once I have more time.

Thanks again.


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