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Old 04-05-2006, 03:47 AM   #1
Mach60_KAS
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Unhappy Boot Loader Problem: L 99 99 99 99 99 99...


Right, my first problem, I think it is to do with Lilo. Whenever I try to boot, I get:

Searching for boot record from IDE0: OK!

L 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99... You get it.

My stats are:

Motherboard= Asrock K7S8X
Processor= AMD Athlon XP 3000+
Sound Card= Creative Sound Blaster LIVE! 24-bit
Graphics Card= nVIDIA GeForce FX 5700LE
Wirless Card= Marvell Libertas (It works in Linux tho)
HDA= (don't know the make, I think it's Maxtor) 153gb (IDE)
HDB= Western Digital WD400 40gb (IDE)

Can you help a noob in distress please?
 
Old 04-05-2006, 04:16 AM   #2
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Did you (re)compile/upgrade linux kernel before you received this error ? If yes, you'll have to boot into rescue mode using installtion CD and chroot to your linuxinstalltion and rerun /sbin/lilo setup.
Or did you change /etc/lilo in some way ?

Error 99 indicates either a mismatch in disk geometry or the map file not being found/readable.

I think, re-running /sbin/lilo should fix the problem.
 
Old 04-05-2006, 04:57 AM   #3
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tried the rescue disk last night, couldn't access my files.
 
Old 04-05-2006, 07:03 AM   #4
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Yes, that definitely sounds like a mismatch of the disk geometry.
This happened to me once while trying to ghost 2 drives.
You might want to take a look at Partition Magic.
 
Old 04-05-2006, 07:54 AM   #5
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how do I get it?
 
Old 04-05-2006, 08:15 AM   #6
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http://www.symantec.com/home_homeoff...m80/index.html

Let me ask you a few questions first:

How important is the data on your system?
Do you have a backup?

Does your bios see the hard disk as normal or lba?

Did you have to set your hard drive parameters into the bios?
If you did, check to see if the parameters are still there.

Did you use lilo or grub as your boot for linux?
 
Old 04-05-2006, 08:46 AM   #7
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I'm pretty sure it did choose the thing itself. I don't have anything that important on the linux drive but I do on my windows (HDA).
 
Old 04-05-2006, 09:26 AM   #8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Mach60_KAS
I'm pretty sure it did choose the thing itself. I don't have anything that important on the linux drive but I do on my windows (HDA).
Pretty sure?

Restart your system and then press the del key to go into the bios.
There you should see STANDARD CMOS SETUP or something to do with hard disks. That's the area that will show you how your system is seeing the hard disk.

If it is set to TYPE auto and MODE auto then you could try to use the HDD AUTO DETECTION to see if the system picks up the disk properly.
 
Old 04-05-2006, 03:42 PM   #9
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Hi,
I has absolute same problem when make resizing of my disks. So there is a 2 ways to repair. First try to reinstall you boot loader. This can be done with using boot floppy disk - first boot your Mandriva via boot diskette and then with MCC reinstall your boot loader Lilo or Grub. If you don't have boot disk, you can try using Mandriva repair tool on first CD. There is also option for boot loader repairing, but it's very poor maded (for my point of view) and on most of cases this will be unsuccessfully. Another way, most sure for repairing is to install different small linux distribution ( I use Damn small linux - DSL) and using his boot loader you can add Mandriva installation in Menu of Grub (better) or Lilo . This method is work on 99% of cases. I recommend you using Grub as boot loader, because you can made records on /boot/grub/menu.lst file directly, without needing of rerun a boot loader like in Lilo.
Best Regards,
Valentin
 
Old 04-05-2006, 04:18 PM   #10
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Mandriva One

I recently obtained and installed Mandriva One . When booting into the new installation I got the same problem

Had me stumped for a while then I realised that my hard disk was 9.5 GB and the latest required a 12 GB

So it hadn't installed properly and I went back to Mandriva 2006 and I'll have to get a bigger drive
 
Old 04-06-2006, 05:54 AM   #11
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Fixed It! You treat the install disc as if it were a normal install, and at the options screen it should say "Upgrade Mandriva Linux 2006 i586 Free Edition" and just go up normally untill you get to the boot loader part where you set that again and it worked!
 
  


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