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Old 01-14-2002, 11:31 AM   #1
Dave Chamberlin
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Question cannot boot after install

After a successful install of RedHat 7.1 on my Alpha, I cannot boot the thing. At the SRM prompt, I do: boot dka0
I get:
(boot dka0. -file 3/boot/vmlinuz -flags root=/dev/sda3)
block 0 of dka0. is not a valid boot block
bootstrap failure

I let the install program set the partitions. Everything went great including the xconfig part. What have I missed or is this a bug?

Old 01-15-2002, 05:59 AM   #2
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Did you install Windows after Linux? As I read somewhere that Windows over writes the MBR (i.e. the Master Boot Record). The fix is to install Windows then Linux.

Hope this is of help to you.

Old 01-15-2002, 12:10 PM   #3
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Exclamation still cannot boot after install

The first problem seems to have been that the Alpha requires the use of fdisk to make the partitions. I reinstalled using fdisk to set bsd type partitions. After doing this, It now starts the boot process. It dies when trying to read the kernel giving:
aboot: loading uncompressed boot/vmlinuz-2.4.3-12
aboot: loading compressed boot/vmlinuz-2.4.3-12
Failed to send Read to disk dka0.
ext2_bread: read error

unzip: invalid compressed format

This leaves it with the aboot prompt. I have not been able to get past this.

Has anyone seen this before?


Old 03-03-2002, 12:14 AM   #4
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I think your partition is error.
Left the first cluster alone or use the auto partition in RedHat install program, and try again.
Old 03-04-2002, 05:06 PM   #5
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Thanks for the input. I discovered that there was a DOS partition already on the disk and to fix the problem, I erased the partition table and wrote it to disk. Then I reinstalled. From there all was working great.



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