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Old 07-24-2001, 10:29 PM   #1
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Floppy Boot Problem

I have an unusual problem. I can not get my system to boot from the floppy.

I have installed RH7.1 on a second hard drive. I do not desire to use LILO. During the installation I created a boot floppy. When I attempt to boot from this floppy the system starts up and I get a message that is about 4 lines long. The message basically says that the system will attempt to boot from /dev/hdb5 in 10 seconds. When I press return, it attempts to boot and I get

Boot failed, Please change disks and press a key to continue.

I had this same configuration working with RH6.1 I have tried the installation many different times with all different options.

I do not know what to do now. Any help would be appreciated.

Old 07-25-2001, 09:00 AM   #2
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Are you sure that /dev/hdb5 is your root file system? I thought that hdX5 would always be a extended partition that would inturn hold your 'real' partitions...

just a thought.

Old 07-26-2001, 05:27 PM   #3
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I believe that primary and extended partitions are numbered 1-4 while logical partitions that are inside extended partitions are numbered 5 and up. I forget the upper limit. It seems like it's 15. So, it could be 5-15.

Is /dev/hdb5 your root partition?
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What's your BIOS boot sequence??
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Did you rearrange your hard drives or boot sequence after install?


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