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Problem: A Image of Fedora was made based on a 60gb drive using the dd command and slackware was used to make the disk bootable when given to someone that does not have our tools and Os.  The image restores well to the system is was created on but not on the other (same Make & Model) systems that were configured the same.  The user can run the disk but, when the sysstem reboots to load the OS it fails when it is loading CUPs and just hangs.  

Questions: Do you think it can be a MBR problem.    


Any information is helpful?


Thank you in advance.
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If it fails when loading CUPs, then the problem has nothing to do with the MBR.

You need to disable CUPs during boot by:

1.  Boot as far as the Grub bootloader.
2.  Edit the grub boot commands and add 'single' to the end of the line containing the kernel. It should look something like this:

default=0
timeout=10
splashimage=(hd0,0)/grub/splash.xpm.gz
title White Box Enterprise Linux (2.4.21-15.EL)
        root (hd0,0)
        kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.21-15.EL ro root=LABEL=/ single
        initrd /initrd-2.4.21-15.EL.img

This is an older kernel RHEL 3.0, but you add the 'single' in the same place (at the end of the kernel line!)

3.  The system will boot in single user mode.
4.  Disable CUPs:

chkconfig --list

to get the correct name for your cupsd. You may need to disable it:

chkconfig cups-lpd off

or

chkconfig --level 12345 cups-lpd off

cups may also be called cupsd etc, hence the chkconfig --list to check the name first.

5.   /sbin/shutdown -r now

should then successfully reboot the system.

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