trouble with a crashing Redhat 5.2

Posted on 1999-11-19
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I installed RedHat 5.2 on my Pentium 90, 48 meg ram. I have 3 hard drive, 1gig-1gig-and 1.5gig. I had Win98 and WinNT 4.0 (dual booted). I used Disk Druid to cut my 1.5 gig down to 1000meg linux native, and 64meg linux swap. My bootable hard drive is c, linux put on d. I installed linux on the 1st sector of the bootable partition, (not MBR). Since Linux was put on another physical hard drive, Linux for Dummys said to install on 1st sector of boot partition, and access that drive with the Linux Custom Boot Disk.
   All was fine for a few days. I could boot into Win 98, and Win NT 4.0. And when I put in the Linux Boot Disk, I was able to access that operating system, and get XWindows.
Then, last night I tried the Linux Boot Disk to get in again... and fail messages came... then a constant scrolling of errors...scrolling scrolling continuously. I needed to shut the computer off (cntrl-alt-delete didn't work). I tried again, same thing. I got back into Disk Druid to delete that / (mount point) partition, and add a new partition. I did a full reinstall of linux again, and now my Xwindows has fails, but I do have command prompt capability.

Should Linux be on the Bootable Partition C:\, instead of having it on a separate physical drive and Boot Disk it?

Is deleting and creating a mount point is Disk Druid creating an XWindows problem?

Does having a DOS 6.22, Windows 98, and Windows NT 4.0 Server in the MBR create a problem for linux installed on
the 1st sector of a bootable partition?

Should I install in this order  DOS 6.22, Win98, WinNT, Linux?? ((Before I did DOS 6.22, Win98, Linux, WinNT))

Any help would be greatly appreciated, Thanks!!
Question by:p_yennie
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crouchet earned 150 total points
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I'll bet you 50 points what happened is that you left that poor helpless Linux boot disk in the computer while Windoze was running. You see, Windoze will look at that floppy from time to time (especially when explorer runs or when you shut down, but other times too). If it finds a disk it will try to "Windows" the poor thing. Of course that is DEATH to a innocent Linux boot disk.

My guess is that you popped it in as you were shutting down Windows and thus unknowingly participated in the grusome murder of your disk. Don't you feel used?

Ok, so the answer is, use your rescue disk to boot up, make a new boot disk, make a copy of that boot disk and flip the write protect tab on both of those disks before you get them anywhere near a Windoze machine.

BTW, it would also be a really good idea to flip that write protect tab on the rescue disk too.

If you don't have a rescue disk or a backup of the boot disk, God help you.

For details on using that rescue disk, see the docs for your distribution. If you want more info, tell us wht distribution you are using.

J Crouchet

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Oops...ok RH 5.2 (1 DOH! for me).

Ok, the URL you need is


Good luck!

J Crouchet

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I guess I should also mention that if you do not have a rescue disk, you can find out how to make one at the URL I listed above. There is a dos utility to write out the rescue image that you will need.

All in all, this is not going to be a quick process. Sorry, but that is the truth. If you just installed Linux and have not done anything with it yet, it might actually be quicker to just run the install again. Either way, be sure to make a backup of that boot disk and write protect both!

J Crouchet

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I don't think I left the Linux boot disk in while Windows was running... but I supposed I may have.

Ya know... I have have a lot of luck installing Red Hat 5.2
in the Master Boot Record of bootable 6 gig hard drives. The nice thing about quadruple-booting ((Yes, 4 operating systems: Win98,Win NT 4.0 Server, Win NT 5.0 Beta2 and Linux 5.2 !!))is that I do not have to mess with a Linux boot disk to access the Linux on another physical hard drive. I simply hit the TAB key upon start up... and I have my choice of DOS or LINUX. If I type LINUX, I boot right up no problem. If I type DOS, the BOOT.INI gives me the Wonderful Choice of 98/NT 4.0/NT 5.0 BETA..... all set!!!

Why would anyone wish to even BOTHER with installing LILO in the 1st sector of the bootable partition... why bother with a vulnerable boot disk. A boot disk can be lost, or corrupted. I like having the 6 gigger carry everything in the MBR... no messy boot disks... just a TAB key and we're all set!!!

Please tell me any advantages to using a separate physical hard drive for LINUX, if there are real advantages... I'm more than willing to put up with the annoying boot disk thing.

Thanks for your help.

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