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i recently installed redhat 7.2 on a computer via ftp. i just did it that morning to a laptop and it worked just fine, but on the computer after i install it it wont boot. i tried doing it again and using lilo instead of grub and it still wont work. the boot disk the installatoin makes doenst work either. i mention the laptop because that one is dual booted, where as the computer that wont work isnt. is there somthing different that i have to do because it isnt dual booted? im really stuck here. i even tried installing other distros. slackware and mandrake work fine (dont like them though want to use redhat). i also tried installing 7.1 thinking it would make a difference, but the same thing happens.

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What does your MBR (master boot record) look like?

While installing, you should have created partitions for Linux (recommended minimum: swap, /, /usr, /home) and written them to the MBR. LILO or GRUB (both work perfectly) should then be able to locate your OS based on information in this record and boot from there.

As subnet_rx said, "wont work" isn''t enough information. Perhaps you fsck''d the installation somehow?

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with a boot disk it looks liek this

Loading initrd............
Loading Linux..........Ready

and then stops

with lilo
Loading Linux..............
and then stops

and with grub it says somthing about grub entering stage 2 and then stops.

im gonna try again and see what happens maybe i messed somthing up like you suggested

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Look on your boot disk (or online) for a utility called fdisk; using it you can probe the status of the MBR and gain more detailed information. "Wont work" and "doesn''t work" (and even "still doesn''t work" ) are not rigid enough definitions for us to help you. We need more specifics.

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it doesn''t look like a MBR problem at all to me. Looks like a bad kernel image. Have you tried buying a CD instead of downloading through FTP? You can screw up critical components if the download is bad.

subnet_rx

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When it blinks on the next line....is it at a command prompt, can you type or is it locked?

Phase 2 is when it loads the GRUB''s mini-os for booting. Important to know if you get that far for troubleshooting.

You might want to try another FTP site and attempt a reinstall. Might be a problem (like the last poster indicated) with that site''s images.

If you got the bandwith, you can just get some ISOs and burn them. I haven''t had much reason to install 7.2 (I''m a upgrade only when you need it type for the most part), but I''ll give it a run over this evening. I got my second box sitting with 7.0 collecting dust, might as well warm it up a bit.

R.

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I had the same problem at home. I have 2 systems, one is a Aopen AX59 Pro mobo with a K6-550MHz CPU and the other a Duron 700 MHz on an Epox 8KTa2 mobo.
Both systems installed Redhat 7,1 without any CDROM mounting problem.
When I did a fresh install of Redhat 7.2 last weekend on both systems, the Duron 700 system installed nicely but the K6 system refused to mount the CDROM.
The following URL solved my problem:
http://www.redhat.com/WebX?14@169.zhzNav1aSl8^9@.ee78342/7

It,s in the Redhat forum->Installation and configuration->CD burning and other CD issues->CD-Not a valid block device.

I consider this as a BIG bug. So I decided to rename Redhat 7.2 Redmond 7.2
Can you imagine the frustration of a real Linux newbie who installs it for the 1st time ( It was not my case )
I hope this helps.

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Yeah, here''s my advice. Unless a new distro has some feature you need to have, don''t rush to get the latest and greatest. Unlikely commerical software, Linux gets constant improvements and changes a lot. If you got 7.1 running smooth, just let it run until 7.2 has been out for a bit.

There is almost no reason for a casual user to upgrade constantly. It''s usually for some new driver or better device support. Otherwise, the distros are usually pretty much the same from one to the other.

7.2 introduced Grub, so I''m not surprised it''s not smooth. First time out in the world in full force -). I just rolled over my cable to DSL so I''m retooling my linux router with 7.2 for fun. It''s on an old 486, so I''ll let you know how it goes =)

R.

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quote:
Original post by Rube

7.2 introduced Grub, so I''m not surprised it''s not smooth. First time out in the world in full force -). I just rolled over my cable to DSL so I''m retooling my linux router with 7.2 for fun. It''s on an old 486, so I''ll let you know how it goes =)




Where in heck did you get your info? Grub has been in use for quite some time in other distros so it''s not new... Get to know what you''re talking about before posting...






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quote:
Original post by Rube
7.2 introduced Grub, so I''m not surprised it''s not smooth. First time out in the world in full force -). I just rolled over my cable to DSL so I''m retooling my linux router with 7.2 for fun. It''s on an old 486, so I''ll let you know how it goes =)

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Where in heck did you get your info? Grub has been in use for quite some time in other distros so it''s not new... Get to know what you''re talking about before posting...


I didn''t want to harp on this; Mandrake has included GRUB (and it''s capitalized: GRand Unified Bootloader is an acronym) for several iterations now - since 7.0 at the very least. This is the first version of RedHat to include GRUB, but by no means the first Linux distro.

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quote:
Original post by Oluseyi
Response by Cyberdrek
Where in heck did you get your info? Grub has been in use for quite some time in other distros so it''s not new... Get to know what you''re talking about before posting...


I didn''t want to harp on this; Mandrake has included GRUB (and it''s capitalized: GRand Unified Bootloader is an acronym) for several iterations now - since 7.0 at the very least. This is the first version of RedHat to include GRUB, but by no means the first Linux distro.



Wasn''t that what I sort of mentionned??? At least, I thought I did.


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