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"DISK BOOT FAILURE, Insert system disk & press enter"

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I recently had to replace my motherboard.

Now, when I try to boot RH 7.2, it takes a very long time on the screen "Detecting IDE drives". Finally it finds the below:

Primary Master: my harddrive
Primary Slave: none
Secondary Master: cd burner
Secondary Slave: cd-rom

Then, I get the message "Disk Boot Failure: Insert System Disk & Press Enter"

I have a LILO boot floppy that I made during the last installation on this machine. I've tried booting from that & when I get to the boot: prompt, I've tried passing various arguments- linux single root=/dev/hdXX initrd=
but I get the message "Kernel Panic: Cannot find initrd". I do not know what my partition table looks like.

From reading, it looks like I could view my partition table by doing fdisk -s 'partition' but it seems like I have to be able to boot in either single user mode or emergency mode before I can run this command.

I have RH 7.3 disks which I could use to try a fresh install but I had data on the hd that I was hoping to be able to recover. I just tried to reinstall. It scans IDE drives & says "No array is defined"... Enter "Ctrl-F" for Fast-Build utility or <ESC> to continue booting.

It tries to boot from my RH 7.3 disks in my cd-rom drive but I, again, get the message "DISK BOOT FAILURE, Insert system disk & press enter"

Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
Scott Silva
Network Administrator

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