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Old 11-09-2006, 04:56 PM   #1
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Error - No Active Partition


I've tried several times to load several Linux versions on a server I have (ECS 755-A2 MB with two hard drives, 4GB and 100GB). The load sees the drives just fine, but after the reboot, I always get a "No Active Partition" error.

I've swapped the drives, Master to Slave, etc. and I took Partition Commander and interrogated the drives and the Linux boot sector always shows as "Active/Bootable", but still I get this error.

Does anyone have any suggestions or advise for me?

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Old 11-09-2006, 05:05 PM   #2
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Check you don't have more than one partition marked Active.
Linux doesn't need/use this flag, so if you have it on any one (only one) the BIOS should be happy.
 
Old 11-11-2006, 09:52 AM   #3
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Check you don't have more than one partition marked Active.
Linux doesn't need/use this flag, so if you have it on any one (only one) the BIOS should be happy.
Syg,

Unfortunately there is only one partition marked active. I'm wondering if it is a BIOS problem as I can config for W2K and it works, but Linux does not. Also wondering if I use Partition Commander and format the drive there, install "System Commander" (selective boot utility) then manaully format in the Linux install afterward, if that will fix the problem.

Give me your thoughts!

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Old 11-11-2006, 03:47 PM   #4
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Could be old (*real* old) BIOS.
I wouldn't recommend System Commander to my worst enemy, but in this case it might be worth a try.
There are Linux "stand alone" boot manager eqivalents (GAG for example), but they may similarly be ignored by the BIOS.
Have a play and see what works.
 
Old 11-29-2006, 10:32 AM   #5
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All,

I resolved this one. Turned out it was jumper settings. I had to get the drive specs on one of the drives, because it was knocking both drives off.

Once I got them right, boom up and running! Now working on my problem submitted on thread:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...d.php?t=504794

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