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Old 12-23-2003, 07:58 PM   #1
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Linux does not like to boot from hd?

I successfully installed debian linux on my pc... but it won't boot right from my hard drive. When I try and boot it form the hard drive it starts loading then just repeats "40" and fills up the screen. It does however boot fine from a floppy. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Garrett.

Also, can anyone explain to me how to get into a window manager in linux?
Old 12-23-2003, 08:48 PM   #2
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OK. Let's see if I can help. First, you left out some info folks need to know in order to help. 1st- When you installed deb, did you elect to NOT install the bootloader to the MBR (Master Boot Record). (What boot loader do you use, by the way)? If you elected no, then there's your problem. You set it up to boot from floppy. If you elected yes, then there is another problem beyond my ability to help.
2nd- If you are using lilo or grub bootloaders, there is documentation available all over the web to instruct you on how to reconfigure the bootloader to boot from hd, with the floppy as a backup means to boot. Check this and other Linux bulletin boards for help files aimed at helping newbies with installation and configuration issues. Use the search functions at those sites, and search the threads regarding your bootloader.
3rd- what do you mean, 'how to get into a window manager'? Are you booting to a text-only mode (no graphics)? If so, you are booting to runlevel 3 (text mode). Enter the command 'init 5' and press enter to complete the boot process to graphical mode and a login screen. To make the command permanent, use any of the text editors supplied with deb, and edit the file /etc/inittab. Edit the line 'id:3:initdefault:' to read 'id:5:initdefault:'. deb installs a default window manager.
Or, do you mean 'how to get into a file manager'? If so, look to the system tray for an icon (probably a house) representing your home directory. Click on that, and you'll be in the file manager.
Old 12-23-2003, 09:02 PM   #3
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OK, I used lilo and it was installed on the MBR of my 1st hard disk (main). It like starts loading from hard drive then has a problem or something and just keeps outputing "40" like "404040404040404040404040404040404040404040404040404040404040404040404040404040404040404040404040404 040404040404040404040404040404040404040404040404040404040404040404040404040404040404040404040..."

For now I'm booting from floppy and it's going into text mode. Right now I'm movint that pc downstairs so it's closer to this one so I can trouble shoot it better. Now it loads from the floppy fine, and it asks me to login in text mode then after I log into my user name it just comes to a prompt like:


or something similar. I'm guessing at this point I enter init 5?

Thanks for the help, I will take a look around.

Old 12-24-2003, 08:07 AM   #4
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Ok, I think this is a problem with lilo. How do I get into lilo from the command prompt? Could it be because the computer it old and may not have large hard drive support? Any way to remedy/check this without reinstalling limux for the 3rd time (it takes like 3hours).



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