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Hi, I need some help with running Debian 3.0.1R. My existing config already multi-boot 3 different Windows version. Swap is on a RAID 1 drive. I don't have spare space elsewhere and wanted to make sure Debian WILL work with my RAID 1/Promise IDE controller so it was a required exercise anyway. The thing is, I appeared to have made it through the installation successfully... almost. Lilo refuses to be installed on /dev/hda5 because it's past 1024 cylinders. This is quite strange since I had thought by now, with a relatively modern board, I shouldn't have this problem. Anyway, I ...

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    Hi, I need some help with running Debian 3.0.1R.

    My existing config already multi-boot 3 different Windows version.

    Swap is on a RAID 1 drive. I don't have spare space elsewhere and
    wanted to make sure Debian WILL work with my RAID 1/Promise IDE
    controller so it was a required exercise anyway.

    The thing is, I appeared to have made it through the installation
    successfully... almost. Lilo refuses to be installed on /dev/hda5
    because it's past 1024 cylinders. This is quite strange since I had
    thought by now, with a relatively modern board, I shouldn't have this
    problem.

    Anyway, I fixed that by reshuffling my partitions so that Debian gets
    the 1st physical partition. Then the install went smoothly... for my
    RAID 1, added append="ide4=0xec00, 0xe802 ide5=0xe400,0xe002" into
    lilo.conf and run lilo -v.

    Rebooted and viola, I get this fellow Kernel who panicked for some
    unknown reason and started trying to kill init... took forever but
    nothing else happens after that. init didn't scream, neither did
    kernel.

    Everything before that scrolls by really quickly so I have NO idea
    what came before that.

    I tried booting with the floppy and it went quite a bit further than
    the hdd kernel. Except it also did a kernel panic because it couldn't
    mount the fs on the hda5, something about bad super block, IO error
    etc etc.


    Does it sound like any familiar newbie error? Is there a way to stop
    or slow down the boot up scroll so that I can actually see what was
    the last thing that happened before the kernel panic?

    One question, shouldn't the first physical primary partition on the
    disk be hda1? Why does Debian keeps refering to it as hda5? I've 4
    primary partitions only so why's there an extra one?

    Thanks for any advice!

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    On Thu, 16 Oct 2003 21:00:56 GMT,
    a?n?g?e?lrigrevol.moc.com (The little lost angel) wrote:
     
     

    I always create a /boot volume of about 50-75M as a primary partition
    first thing: then you NEVER have that problem....
     

    A "kernel panic" generally means that you're stopped cold. Also,
    "init" is the first process (process id 1); so if something is trying
    to kill init, you should be stopped cold there, too.
     

    A power tip: press Shift-PgUp and Shift-PgDown to go back and forth.
    If you switch virtual terminals (with Alt-F1 and Alt-F2 and so on)
    then the "buffer" disappears and you can't get what went before you
    switched (so don't...)
     

    "Bad super block" sometimes means that the format of the volume is
    unrecognized; for instance, if you are using the XFS filesystem on the
    root volume and the kernel has no internal XFS support.
     

    The Shift-PgUp and Shift-PgDown should help...
     

    That has more to do with the number of partitions on the drive and
    possibly where they are located in the partition table. Since it is
    /dev/hda5, I'd say that that was the first volume in the extended
    partition. You can have (generally speaking) any number of
    partitions. If you have more than three primary partitions, then one
    of the partitions will be contained within an extended partition
    (which occupies one "partition slot").

    If you look at the bootup, I'm guessing you'll see something like
    this, which would be the format I'm talking of:

    hda: hda1 hda2 hda3 hda4 < hda5 >

    hda1 through hda3 are your disk volumes, hda4 is the extended
    partition, which contains hda5...

    David Guest

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    Default Re: Debian installation issues

    On Thu, 16 Oct 2003 16:18:51 -0500, David Douthitt <com>
    wrote:
     

    I took a few days break from Linux and went back to trying to fix
    this. However, it seems like the freeze is so early in the boot
    process, I don't get a chance to even use those keys combination :(

    Is there any option during boot: that I can use to make it log to disk
    or something?

    Thanks again!

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    On Mon, 20 Oct 2003 21:26:44 +0000, The little lost angel wrote:
     

    Look into /var/log/messages. You should find it there. You could also try
    to boot from a floppy with a small kernel and the promise driver as a
    module. Then load the driver and then try to mount, checking
    /var/log/messages to see what goes wrong, and when.

    Btw., to boot from large disks, insert the line "lba32" somewhere to the
    beginning of /etc/lilo.conf (and maybe comment out the line "compact").


    On Thu, 16 Oct 2003 21:00:56 +0000, The little lost angel wrote:
     

    Maybe somthing was confused when you "reshuffled" your partitions?
    When booting from the floppy, give it a try and mount /dev/hda1, ...,
    dev/hda5, etc. somewhere and let mount try to detect the fs type.
    Bastian Guest

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