Installed Fine but now Can't Reboot -- Hangs

Posted on 2003-03-24
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Last Modified: 2013-12-15
I've just installed Red Hat 8.0 on an old PC we had lying in the
garage.  (Read: No idea what all's in it.)  I used a boot floppy
(rawrite boot.img) to start the installation, then used the three CDs
made from the ISOs.  It installed and dropped me into the bash shell
and I went along happily configuring .bashrc's and such.

Then, I figured I should try restarting it, just to make sure
everything was okay.  Mistake.

I had been logged in as a user, then pressed Ctrl-D to logout.  This
brought me to the login prompt, where I then powered down the
computer.  I kept the boot floppy in, to ease into the booting thing.
It displayed this:

  Booting 'Red Hat Linux (2.4.18-14)'

root (hd0,0)
 Filesystem type is ext2fs, partition type 0x83
kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.18-14 ro root=LABEL=/
   [Linux-bzImage, setup=0x1400, size=0x107907]
initrd /initrd-2.4.18-14.img
   [Linux-initrd @ 0x1fd0000, 0x1f5af bytes]

Uncompressing Linux... Ok, booting the kernel.

And then it hangs there.  Exact same problem if I try to boot without
the floppy in.  I tried ejecting the boot floppy that I'd made during
the installation so that I'd be booting from the hard drive.  It hangs
at the same point every time:

SYSLINUX 1.75 2002-06-14  Copyright (C) 1994-2003 H. Peter Anvin

Press <return> (or wait 10 seconds) to boot your Red Hat Linux system
from /dev/hda2.  You may override the default linux kernel parameters
by typing "linux <params", followed by <return> if you like.

Loading vmlinuz.....................
Loading initrd.img....
Uncompressing Linux... Ok, booting the kernel.

I know my hardware can run Red Hat, since it worked the very first
time.  I just can't get it to REboot.  Help would be much appreciated!

Question by:Arthaey
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One thing worries me : you wrote that you powered the machine off while at the login prompt.  Is that true?  I would guess that an old PC may not have the ability to do a graceful shutdown if the power button is pressed. If so, that means that you could have damaged the file system(s) which were mounted at the time, because Linux was still running, even if no user was logged in.

In order to shut down, you need to be logged in as someone with rights to issue the halt or reboot command - either as root, or a user su'ed to root or via sudo.  If you can get the install floppy to boot, you *may* be able to fsck the disk.  If it's just a simple setup, that's probably /dev/hda1, so "fsck /dev/hda1".  If you can't get it going, you may have to repartition and reinstall.


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