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Old 01-12-2004, 11:35 PM   #1
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Unhappy System will not boot, shows "L 99 99 99..."

Just tried to install Mandrake 9.2 on this system... It seems to install properly but when it comes to reboot it does the normal BIOS check and shows

L 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99...

and so on. There is 9.5 rows of 99's by the way.

The system has two hard drives the primary (hd0) has windows windows and the second (hd1) is where i am installing linux. I have run previous versions of linux (Mandrake, Red Hat) on this system as it is configured minus the wireless G network card (another issue that i am in the process of fixing for another sys). I just figured i would throw this out to see if anyone has experienced this before.

My theory is that it is hanging when it is trying to start lilo but i am not sure.

Thanks before hand!
Old 01-12-2004, 11:47 PM   #2
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Using the first install disk in rescue mode try reinstalling the Boot loader.
Make sure the jumper pins on the back of the hard drives are correct mastr/slave.
Turn off plug and play in the bios.
Old 01-13-2004, 04:15 AM   #3
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spent a while on that one...

Yeah. You are on the right track. It's LILO failing to start correctly. If you can boot off your CDROM and then hit <f1> and choose 'rescue', then you might be able to just reload LILO.

You're gonna have to mount your HD using the menu, then go to the console. Check /etc/fstab. Is it exactly correct? Compare the settings there to what you see in /etc/lilo.conf

Worst-case-scenario, you can create a boot floppy and write LILO to that. Do some searches on google for 'LILO boot floppy'-- there's a few descriptions on this process.

A pretty typical suggestion on this one is to check your bios. Make sure that the HD is set to LBA.

Good luck. This one can be a mess. At least my experience was.

Old 01-13-2004, 11:25 AM   #4
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Thanks guys, i will give it a shot when i get home this evening!!!
Old 01-13-2004, 05:05 PM   #5
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Are you running windows XP? It looks like hdb doesn't have the lilo installed on it, or it is loading from something else instead. Can you change the boot drive to the hdb drive in bios. If so, you could make hdb your lilo boot drive, and follow the instructions from one of the NT Linux Dual-Boot howtos. I had a similar thing happen when I tried to install linux to a promise raid drive. The kernel versions didn't match perfectly, and I was able to install linux but not boot up. After updating to an even more recent kernel I ended up installing Linux on a non-raid drive, and kept Windows XP on the RAID drive. I set up the boot drive to my linux drive in BIOS, and followed the instructions from the how-to. Now I boot using the raid drive and select linux from the NT Loader screen with the original raid drive.

I hope this helps.

My main point, is that I temporarily used bios to select the boot drive until I had things set up properly.
Old 01-15-2004, 01:14 AM   #6
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Hey thanks everyone!!! I just got it working... the problem was i let my little brother try to install without my supervision... hum, bad one on me! Anyway, he selected the HD (the second or slaved drive) that he was installing Linux to for lilo... yea well if you are realy intrested in exactly what that error was you can now check it out for yourself. Thanks for all the help... made figuring out what happend alot faster!


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