RH5.2 boot failure (mid-install)

RH5.2 boot failure (mid-install)

Post by dc » Thu, 17 Dec 1998 04:00:00

Went to put RH5.2 on a P90 w/70MB ram and 800MB hd that had been a
win95 machine... the cd wasn't working right, so I went via ftp to
my windowsNT4 workstation where i had the redhat cd in the drive.  
The install was going fine including repartitioning
(70MB swap, 128MB root, 200-300 each /usr and /home)
until it had problems reading the rpms off the ftp'd cd... evidently
windowsNT only saw 8.3 filenames on the redhat dist cd, and the
appeared as such through the MS ftp server i'm running too.

Anyway I went to resolve this by  starting the install over again
using one of the redhat mirrors on the net, but now I'm getting a "boot
failed" message from the bootdisk.  It isn't the floppy... I tried
to another one and got the same message.  I can get a shell by
running the rescue disk but don't know what to do to fix this up right.
It seems like an fdisk or two would wipe up anything that got
to the filesystems, but the boot failure seems to stem from some sort of
error encountered when loading the kernal image off the bootdisk.

Geez, a guys get a bit*y after a few successful installs and
like this happens...  I suspect there was a better way to recover from
rpm filename fiasco than rebooting, but what did I know at the time.

Anyway, any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.




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