problem booting linux

problem booting linux

Post by Charlie L » Tue, 27 Sep 1994 05:58:20

after receiving some terrific help from many of you, i finally
got linux's fdisk to read my hard drive (524,32,63).  from there  
i could create my new partitions and configure lilo.

however, now when i boot up my machine (dell P90) and tell
lilo to boot linux, i get the following error:

HD: read_intr: status=0x59
HD: read_intr: error=0x10
HPFS: hpfs_read_super: Not HPFS
kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root

i only created two partitions - DOS (FAT)
                                LINUX (EXT2)

if anyone has any ideas or input, it would be greatly appreciated!



1. Problems Booting Linux From Windows NT Boot Menu

Hi all,

I've read the FAQS and HOWTOs and the relevant postings to this group, but I
still can't get my Red Hat Linux 4.1 to boot using the NT boot loader. As
things stand I can only boot Linux from the LILO prompt which comes up when
booting my PC, not from the option that I've added to NT's boot loader using
the BootPart program. If I try I get a "system not found" type error. The
output below is from BootPart to show how my disk is organised (the
asterisks indicate bootable partitions):

0 : C:* type=6  (BIGDOS Fat16), size = 102784 KB
1 : C:  type=5  (Extended), size = 1149120 KB
2 : C:  type=1   (DOS Fat12), size = 1984 KB
3 : C:  type=5   (Extended), size = 82656 KB
4 : C:  type=82    (Linux swap), size = 82624 KB
5 : C:  type=5    (Extended), size = 425376 KB
6 : C:* type=83     (Linux native), size = 425344 KB
7 : C:  type=5     (Extended), size = 639072 KB
8 : C:  type=7      (HPFS/NTFS), size = 639040 KB

I used Linux fdisk to make my Linux partition bootable, then added Linux to
NT's boot.ini file with "BootPart 6 c:\bootsect.lnx Linux 4.1". Here's my
boot.ini file:

[boot loader]
[Operating Systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(5)\WINNT="Windows NT Workstation Version
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(5)\WINNT="Windows NT Workstation Version
4.00 [VGA mode]" /basevideo /sos
C:\bootsect.lnx="Linux 4.1"
C:\="Windows 95"

Then I edited lilo.conf as shown below:


(I commented out the map and install lines from the original installation).
Then I ran LILO to write the information to disk. Do I need to uninstall the
original LILO from my DOS boot sector? I didn't want to do this in case it
means that I can't access Linux. If anyone could shed any light on what it
is that's going wrong I'd be very grateful.

Many thanks,


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