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Old 11-17-2004, 11:47 PM   #1
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Unhappy machine doesn't boot now ... just GRUB in upper left; installed redhat9 on hdb

i was hoping someone could help me out...
i just installed redhat9 on my 2nd hard-drive (on the main-big partition of that drive)
all i get on reboot is GRUB in upper left corner (even with the install cd in drive).
my emergency floppy disk works and gets me into linux though.
do i need to reinstall grub? to what partition/ what drive?

grub.conf file contents:
title Red Hat Linux (2.4.20-8smp)
root (hd1,0)
kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.20-8smp ro root=LABEL=/ hdd=ide-scsi
initrd /initrd-2.4.20-8smp.img
title Red Hat Linux-up (2.4.20-8)
root (hd1,0)
kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.20-8 ro root=LABEL=/ hdd=ide-scsi
initrd /initrd-2.4.20-8.img
title DOS
rootnoverify (hd0,1)
chainloader +1

is there something wrong with it?

when i do "df" i get:
Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/hdb2 37848096 2795248 33130272 8% /
/dev/hdb1 101089 14830 81040 16% /boot
none 127388 0 127388 0% /dev/shm
/dev/fd0 1430 1251 179 88% /mnt/floppy

hda isn't even showing up here... is that to be expected?
that hard drive has winXP on it

i am new to linux ... please help
Old 11-18-2004, 03:47 PM   #2
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You could try reinstalling grub using this command (assuming that you are booting from /dev/hdb):

grub-install /dev/hdb
Old 11-19-2004, 02:43 AM   #3
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You could try changeing:




I'm not sure what the LABEL describes. I've seen one spot on this forum where the solution was to put something funny like that in the kernel parameters. Typically, I think, this should point to your root partition. In your case (judging by your df output) this is /dev/hdb2.

If someone who knows more about the kernel would care to fill me in, I would appreciate it.


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