Rebooted my Linux machine yesterday and it wouldn't reboot! After the
SCSI card finds it's devices (it finds the device the / partition lives
on) the machine just hangs for a while and gives me an "unable to find
boot device (or something like that)" message. It boots fine with a
kernel boot disk. I can't get the machine to boot off of the HD anymore
though. I'm running Slackware with kernel version 2.0.34. The machine
is a Dell Optiplex GXi. It's using an adaptec 2940 UW SCSI card, the
Drive is a 1gb DEC SCSI 2.
After rebooting with the boot disk, I reran lilo. That didn't work. I
reran liloconfig. That didn't work. I ran fdisk and toggled the
bootable flag on the / partition on...reran liloconfig. Nothing seems
to work anymore. It booted fine from the HD last week. Would running
fsck on the / device help?
I could live with booting from the floppy disk if I wasn't having a
memory problem. When I set up the machine, I had to add a line in the
/etc/lilo.conf file (append="mem=128M") 'cuz the machine has 128 MB of
memory and LINUX doesn't recognize that much memory on its own. When I
boot with the floppy I'm back to seeing only 14MB of total real memory.
Is there a way to make the boot floppy use the /etc/lilo.conf file? Or
to copy it to the boot floppy?
Any advice? Thanks for your time. Please email me with any responses
Sue Mills, Inc.
1840 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94102