Fedora 2 boot fails at swap partition
Posted 05 November 2004 - 08:25 PM
I get no errors... just it sit there forever! I let it sit overnight (12 hours) and I came back to the same screen. I cannot remove the grub bootloader to setup another version of Linux (I have slackware 10, Peanut 9.6 and Vector Linux but they all use lilo as the bootloader and I cannote ses the partitions). If Fedora 2 cannot work, then I want it off (completely... bootloader and all). I have no means of generating a win98 base bootdisk with FORMAT (to run the format /mbr) so I have a problem:
1. I would like to resolve the booting problek in Fedora.
2. Get Fedora completely off my PC (if it will not work) and load something that will.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Posted 05 November 2004 - 10:42 PM
If you wanna just rid fc and what not and get down into linux(i reccomend this)..try slackware..its inbetween redhat's linux and more hardcore...the install isn't too bad...if you want to rid the mbr, i believe its fdisk -M /dev/hda(or whatever hd it is)....I think thats the right syntax, but you might want to check...if you want to get a really nice distro, but takes a while to set up try gentoo..install is a day or two depending on what stage you use, but after you get it installed its lovely....
Posted 05 November 2004 - 11:14 PM
On the fdisk command, can I run that from the disk 1 of the slackware 10 CD? Again, I have no means of generating a windows based (at least WIN98) bootdisk to run fdisk, so I hope that I can do this from the SW CDs.
I like SW, and I have used 9.x and 10 before. the Fedora was a shot in the dark. What is crazy is that my acient laptop (Dell CPi D266XT with 64MB RAM and a 2GB HD)loaded fine... with nothing on it, but it worked.
Posted 06 November 2004 - 03:51 AM
If you have Windows XP. where is the FC2 partition relative to the windows partition. In other words, what is the partition structure on the hard disk for the distro installs that you currently have?
You were using lilo as the botloader? Which distro is using lilo to boot your system? You may still be able to recover lilo as the bootloader.
I assume that you did not make a boot floppy disk for FC2?
Posted 06 November 2004 - 01:12 PM
Most folks, or course, choose to install to the MBR, which is expected. But when they get grub or boot errors, recovery is a pain, as this user is finding out.
The other issue, or course, is the ntfs problem. Once Grub is installed and fails, due to the geometry issue, well you know!
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