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hello experts,

after a few years xp only, i decided to try linux
i chose for Fedora Core 6
so downloaded all 6 images (cd1 trough 5 and a rescue)

installed fc to my harddisk

and directly after the setup, i reboot and get the error message "disk boot failure, insert system disk and press enter"

so i run the setup again, choose to edit the bootloader,
and then i get this message:
"No kernel packages were installed on your system
your boot loader configuration will not be changed"


why doesnt my computer boot?
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It is really hard to tell what happened or what actually caused boot failure since  we still have not enough
informations on what you really did to your hard-disk. Is that IDE or SATA hard-disk?
What you have done with disk partitions? How you partitioned your disk ; with third party partitioners or
using Fedora Core 6 patitioning utility?
Where did you install GRUB ( Linux bootloader) : in master boot record (MBR) or on Linux partition?
What disk partitions layout looked like when you tried to re-install Fedora in second attemp?
DId you see WIndows NTFS partition?
You might want to boot from Fedora Rescue Live CD and check  disk status?
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it are 2 ide harddisks,

one 8 GB and one 10 GB

partitioning = default layout that FC suggests, when the options is selected to wipe all existing partitions

partitioning is done with FC tool

Grub is placed at default place, didnt alter this setting

>>What disk partitions layout looked like when you tried to re-install Fedora in second attemp?
don't remember that :(

>>DId you see WIndows NTFS partition?
no, because everything was wiped

>>You might want to boot from Fedora Rescue Live CD and check  disk status?
how can i check the disk status?
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Would you , please, try to simulate FC installation one more time?
Inert FC CD #1 and start instalation rocess. Then go just to the point where Anaconda ( FC installer)
displays disk partition layout :
See the screenshot here: http://shots.osdir.com/slideshows/749/5.gif
Then place check mark in box "Review and modify partition layout:"
I'm very interrested in knowing what you have right now there: what partition types, mount points and swap., how are they distributed accross two hard-disks etc.
You may need to do manual disk partitioning, mount point asigning and avoding LVM (Logical Volumes Management).
There is a known problem with FC and LVM where /boot partition is located out of the 1024 cylinder boundary ,
so you'll practically have to create /boot partition ( for your kernel packages )  as /dev/hda1  ( first partition, ususally only 50-70 megabytes, on first IDE hard-disk ).




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before you posted, i had tried a few new things:

reinstall (didnt work the first time)

then removed primary harddiskdrive, and replaced with another (spare one)
reinstall-> didnt work

removed secondary harddisk, and replaced with another
reinstall-> did work!


after examining the harddisk a bit better,
it looks like somthing is broken at the bottom (one point where it should be soldered is loose)

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Sorry to hear that.
Are you talkin about IDE connectors on motherboard or connector on hard-disk?
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some little black things at the bottom of the harddisk

looks like this one:
http://www.hardwarezone.com/img/data/articles/2004/1092/drive_bottom.jpg

the little black item the most to the bottom right (near the power connector) is broken.
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thanks for the time you took!

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It might be a mode selector ( Maste,Slave, CSL etc...)
You might want to look for someone very skilled in tin soldering with strong nerves to get it fixed.
Good luck!

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i think i can do it myself,
but i never trust that disk again ;)
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oh, after further review with good light, it looks like a voltage regulator
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