Compaq Proliant 1600R won't boot after normal RH 8.0 install.

Posted on 2003-03-17
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The install process recognizes all of my hardware correctly (compaq smart 2/p RAID controller)and installes RedHat 8.0 just fine and the system reboots.  The system then posts normally and then just sits there with a flashing cursor.  I have installed the compaq system partition on the RAID volume.  I am trying to use GRUB as my boot loader.  Anyone else seen or experienced this problem?  I am using smart start 5.5 as instructed by compaq.  HELP!!

-Stacy Maxwell
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ID: 8152158
You don't even get the grub> prompt?

I've installed RH8 to a similar old box (Proliant 800) and did not experience this problem. I didn't preserve the "setup partition" though:-).

Are you sure you put GRUB into the MBR?

Did you create a bootfloppy?

-- Glenn

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ID: 8152350
Gns -

I allowed the redhat 8.0 install utility to set grub as the boot loader.  I haven't checked on the mbr, how would I do that?  No I didn't create the bootdisk, but I have one from another system that will work.
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ID: 8152609
OK, using the bootdiskette, boot up linux, log on etc.

In the file /boot/grub/menu.lst, near the top you'll have an (unused, grub don't need it) line looking something like
which indicates where the installer put the grub shell ("first stage loader"). Use the following to determine if GRUB is "there" (on a command line prompt, logged on as/su'd to root):
dd if=/dev/ida/c0d0 bs=512 count=1|strings
This should mention GRUB.
On my old box it gives:
Hard Disk

You might try to "reinstall" the grub shell with
grub-install /dev/ida/c0d0<Enter>

or whatever is appropriate for your system.

-- Glenn
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szaboc earned 225 total points
ID: 8157968

I'm running RH8.0 on a Proliant 1600 using GRUB as boot manager.But in order to preserve the Compaq tools I've installed GRUB on the first partition of the first disk not on the MBR (see enclosed GRUB config). Now I'm able to to start the Compaq stuff either with F10 when booting or via GRUB.

# grub.conf generated by anaconda
# Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
# NOTICE:  You have a /boot partition.  This means that
#          all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /boot/, eg.
#          root (hd0,0)
#          kernel /vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/ida/c0d0p2
#          initrd /initrd-version.img
title Red Hat Linux (2.4.18-26.8.0)
        root (hd0,0)
        kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.18-26.8.0 ro root=LABEL=/
        initrd /initrd-2.4.18-26.8.0.img
title Compaq Tools
        rootnoverify (hd0,2)
        chainloader +1
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Expert Comment

ID: 8158105
You don't have to install GRUB/LILO to a partition to preserve the "setup partition"... at least not on other Compaqs (deskpros, other proliants). IIRC you only need the GRUB entry you have there... On some machines I've observed that "something" needs the press on F10 for the subsequent "Compaq Tools" boot to work, but most don't.

No harm in trying though:-).

-- Glenn

Author Comment

ID: 8456378
I changed one of my GRUB.conf file entries to match the correct partition.

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