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Old 06-13-2005, 03:39 PM   #1
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rh9.0 can boot from floppy, not the HD

i have redhat 9.0 as the lone operating system on my computer. its an older HP (800mhz,256 MB, 30GB HD) it can boot from a floppy disk, but i want it to boot from the HD. i had GRUB selected to install during the initial installation, i've tried re-installing it through both the shell and the linux rescue on the install CD, but everytime the computer boots up w/o the floppy i get a "Operating System not found" message in the top left corner. i've ran the linux rescue installing LILO also and installed it from the shell, and i get the same message. i changed the Operating System setting in the BIOS from Win98 to Other, but this had no effect. any help? thank you.
Old 06-14-2005, 03:52 AM   #2
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Check your first boot device, remove your floppy from floppy drive and set your boot deviceb as HD.Try to boot again.


Install grub in rescue mode . grub-install /dev/hd<a,b,c ,d according to your disk drive>

List your partions(fdisk -l) and grub.conf partitions and paste here
Old 06-14-2005, 07:31 AM   #3
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the grub-install works with /dev/hdb, but it doesnt fix the problem

[root@localhost root]# fdisk -l

Disk /dev/hdb: 30.0 GB, 30020272128 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 3649 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hdb1 * 1 13 104391 83 Linux
/dev/hdb2 14 3584 28684057+ 83 Linux
/dev/hdb3 3585 3649 522112+ 82 Linux swap

# grub.conf generated by anaconda
# Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
# NOTICE: You have a /boot partition. This means that
# all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /boot/, eg.
# root (hd0,0)
# kernel /vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/hdb2
# initrd /initrd-version.img
title Red Hat Linux (2.4.20-31.9)
root (hd0,0)
kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.20-31.9 ro root=LABEL=/ hdc=ide-scsi
initrd /initrd-2.4.20-31.9.img
title Red Hat Linux (2.4.20-8)
root (hd0,0)
kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.20-8 ro root=LABEL=/ hdc=ide-scsi
initrd /initrd-2.4.20-8.img


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