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I am setting up redhat 9 in an intel environment with the following hardware: AMD Athlon 700 MHz 256 MB RAM Western Digital HDD, 20 GB Gforce 256 video Mboard = Asus K7V During my initial installation, I left GRUB as the default boot loader. When installation completed and I tried to boot, it displayed "GRUB" on the screen but did nothing- it just hung there. I ran through installation again and chose LILO. Now when I try to boot, it displays "02" over and over again (i.e. 02020202020202020202020202). It keeps cranking out "02" until I power off the machine ...

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    Default RH9 x86 Setup issues - GRUB/LILO do not work

    I am setting up redhat 9 in an intel environment with the following
    hardware:

    AMD Athlon 700 MHz
    256 MB RAM
    Western Digital HDD, 20 GB
    Gforce 256 video
    Mboard = Asus K7V

    During my initial installation, I left GRUB as the default boot
    loader. When installation completed and I tried to boot, it displayed
    "GRUB" on the screen but did nothing- it just hung there. I ran
    through installation again and chose LILO. Now when I try to boot, it
    displays "02" over and over again (i.e. 02020202020202020202020202).
    It keeps cranking out "02" until I power off the machine or hit the
    reset switch. During both of these instances, it allowed me to boot
    to redhat using the floppy. If that is my only option, then I can
    continue to do that, but I was wondering if anyone has any idea why
    neither boot loader will work. Could it be hardware compatability?
    Something with the MBR? Prior to installing redhat on this machine,
    it was running solaris 8, intel edition. I am not sure what solaris
    does to the MBR, so i was wondering if that was part of the problem.

    Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
    d
    drhg Guest

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    Default Re: RH9 x86 Setup issues - GRUB/LILO do not work

    Try reinstalling and this time create a /boot (about 54Meg) partition.
    Make sure you make it bootable. Install lilo there instead of the MBR.


    "drhg" <djupdike> wrote in message
    news:5f019053.0309190958.b8fac97posting.google.co m...
    > I am setting up redhat 9 in an intel environment with the following
    > hardware:
    >
    > AMD Athlon 700 MHz
    > 256 MB RAM
    > Western Digital HDD, 20 GB
    > Gforce 256 video
    > Mboard = Asus K7V
    >
    > During my initial installation, I left GRUB as the default boot
    > loader. When installation completed and I tried to boot, it displayed
    > "GRUB" on the screen but did nothing- it just hung there. I ran
    > through installation again and chose LILO. Now when I try to boot, it
    > displays "02" over and over again (i.e. 02020202020202020202020202).
    > It keeps cranking out "02" until I power off the machine or hit the
    > reset switch. During both of these instances, it allowed me to boot
    > to redhat using the floppy. If that is my only option, then I can
    > continue to do that, but I was wondering if anyone has any idea why
    > neither boot loader will work. Could it be hardware compatability?
    > Something with the MBR? Prior to installing redhat on this machine,
    > it was running solaris 8, intel edition. I am not sure what solaris
    > does to the MBR, so i was wondering if that was part of the problem.
    >
    > Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
    > d

    Jeff Howard Guest

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    Default Re: RH9 x86 Setup issues - GRUB/LILO do not work

    On Fri, 19 Sep 2003 10:58:34 -0700, drhg wrote:
    > I am setting up redhat 9 in an intel environment with the following
    > hardware:
    >
    > AMD Athlon 700 MHz
    > 256 MB RAM
    > Western Digital HDD, 20 GB
    > Gforce 256 video
    > Mboard = Asus K7V
    >
    > During my initial installation, I left GRUB as the default boot
    > loader. When installation completed and I tried to boot, it displayed
    > "GRUB" on the screen but did nothing- it just hung there. I ran
    > through installation again and chose LILO. Now when I try to boot, it
    > displays "02" over and over again (i.e. 02020202020202020202020202).
    > It keeps cranking out "02" until I power off the machine or hit the
    > reset switch. During both of these instances, it allowed me to boot
    > to redhat using the floppy. If that is my only option, then I can
    > continue to do that, but I was wondering if anyone has any idea why
    > neither boot loader will work. Could it be hardware compatability?
    > Something with the MBR? Prior to installing redhat on this machine,
    > it was running solaris 8, intel edition. I am not sure what solaris
    > does to the MBR, so i was wondering if that was part of the problem.
    >
    > Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
    > d
    >
    If you can boot your system with the floppy, then you can fix the loader
    without reinstalling everything (as suggested).

    I would use grub as the loader setup in the MBR.
    Boot your system with the floppy.
    Make sure the directory /boot exists and the kernel is there.
    Make sure the file /boot/grub/menu.lst references the correct
    files.
    Run the grub shell:

    grub> root (hd0,0)
    grub> setup (hd0)
    grub> quit

    Watch for error messages. Note: you must provide the correct value for
    root for your system. Also, "root" refers to the partition where grub is
    located. If the setup step succeeds, then you should be able to start your
    system without the floppy.

    --Douglas Mayne

    Douglas Mayne Guest

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    Default Re: RH9 x86 Setup issues - GRUB/LILO do not work

    Douglas Mayne <localnet> wrote in message news:<localnet>... 
    > If you can boot your system with the floppy, then you can fix the loader
    > without reinstalling everything (as suggested).
    >
    > I would use grub as the loader setup in the MBR.
    > Boot your system with the floppy.
    > Make sure the directory /boot exists and the kernel is there.
    > Make sure the file /boot/grub/menu.lst references the correct
    > files.
    > Run the grub shell:
    >
    > grub> root (hd0,0)
    > grub> setup (hd0)
    > grub> quit
    >
    > Watch for error messages. Note: you must provide the correct value for
    > root for your system. Also, "root" refers to the partition where grub is
    > located. If the setup step succeeds, then you should be able to start your
    > system without the floppy.
    >
    > --Douglas Mayne[/ref]



    Thank you both very much for your suggestions. Jeff, I tried your
    suggestion on installing LILO to the /boot partition. This,
    unfortunately, yielded the same results for me. I can only boot to
    the floppy. Then after booting to the floppy, I did a few minor
    things, such as configuring my network settings, then I rebooted.
    Now, it will not start the X server. I don't know what could have
    happened. This makes me think again about potential hardware issues.
    X Server output produces "fatal server error: could not open default
    font 'fixed'". I see several other posts regarding this error, but I
    have not yet seen the solution. I am not yet savvy enough to try to
    fix this other than just reinstalling. Anyways- I will go for another
    re-install, and try your suggestion Douglass using GRUB. Then after a
    successful install, I will play around a bit and make sure it does not
    crash on me like this again, before I begin my configurations.

    I'll post back my results!
    Thanks again.
    drhg Guest

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    Default Re: RH9 x86 Setup issues - GRUB/LILO do not work

    On Tue, 23 Sep 2003 15:50:42 -0700,drhg wrote:
     
    You need not reinstall if you have a bootable installation CD.
    I have met the same problem like you. I made three reinstallations and can
    not boot linux.
    At last, I boot with installation disc, and select "rescue" -- that's use
    "linux rescue" to boot.
    Then I use grun-install to write boot partition, and then my RH9 works
    well.
    I feel so sorry because I forget the detailed commands to do this.

    Cheng Guest

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