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Re: boot problem
- From: Bob McClure Jr <bob bobcatos com>
- To: Getting started with Red Hat Linux <redhat-install-list redhat com>
- Subject: Re: boot problem
- Date: Fri, 22 Jan 2010 13:44:47 -0600
On Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 01:56:13PM -1000, blann wrote:
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Bob McClure Jr"
> <bob bobcatos com>
> To: "Getting started with Red Hat Linux" <redhat-install-list redhat com>
> Sent: Thursday, January 21, 2010 7:13 PM
> Subject: Re: boot problem
> >On Mon, Jan 18, 2010 at 06:04:37PM -1000, blann wrote:
> >>Dear Mr. McClure,
> >>Many thanks for the kind reply. Before confessing sins since, I put
> >>in the rescue CD, and reply to
> >>find linux was: 'you don't have any linux partitions'
> >>I confess that I tried to run a live disk ubuntu9.10, then did an
> >>install . So partition magic 8.0 tells me that
> >>my HD looks like:
> >>PARTITION TYPE SIZE USED UNUSED STATUS PRI/LOG
> >>local[C] NTSF 132GB
> >>active primary
> >>Local disc[*] linux ext3 103mb 0 0
> >>none "
> >>[*] extended 20gb 20gb 0
> >>" "
> >>Local disk[E] ntfs 10gb 6.6 10gb "
> >>disk[*] linux ext3 9.5gb 9.5gb 0
> >>" "
> >>swapspace2[*] linux swap 470mb 0.0 470mb " '
> >>Any suggestions as to what I might try?
> >Sorry about the delay in replying. I was hoping someone with more
> >knowledge than I would pipe up, the salutation notwithstanding.
> >Apparently your aborting of the update hosed the partition table. Had
> >you not installed Ubuntu, I would have said that a guru (and not I)
> >could perhaps reconstruct your partition table. But with your fresh
> >installation, all bets are off.
> On the UBUNTU install, the claim was that it would find blank space
> on a partition,
> create a new ntfs partition, and install ubuntu there. I note a new
> ntfs partition of 10gb,
> adjacent to a 9.5 gb native linux plus linux swap partitions- so
> wonder if this is not my fc6 installation?
Hmm. I guess so.
> Then I need to know what to try to open that partition (9.5gb native
> linux)? One thought was to
> use the linux update option of the install- assuming fc6 supports
> this, install a few ptions only, and hope that
> I will then be given the option of re-installing the lilo boot menu.
> If this fails- or likely even if it does not,
Given that the rescue disk couldn't find any evidence of a Linux
install, I'd be really surprised if you could resurrect a working FC6
However, you can use your Ubuntu installation to mount what's believed
to be your old FC6 partition. I'd do it something like this (as
mount /dev/hda4 /fc6 # replace "hda4" with whatever the FC6
# partition is.
Then you can inspect it and see what's there. First, look at
/fc6/etc/issue. That will tell you if it's your FC6 install. If you
find a complete /fc6/home directory there, I'd copy it off to your
Ubuntu installation or burn it to a CD. I'd also copy off the
/fc6/etc directory if you want to recover system configuration stuff,
including the password file, network config and such.
> I expect to try a fc12 install on a second, presently unused HD on
> my computer- or does the community
> advise other than FC12?
F12 (they've dropped the "C" after FC6) would be a fine choice. I
would install F12 in the partition where FC6 was. Then you can
backfill the /home directory you copied off.
> My main use is fortran compile/execute,
> LATEX, xmgrace- but things I
> presently do in WinXP might migrate to linux depending on available
> software (photo,video editing).
Fedora 12 is more likely to offer the tools you need.
> The UBUNTU installation used was 9.10- which I believe is new.
> Will FC12 install on an ntfs partition?
I don't think so, but then there's no need to. Just change it to a
linux partition. F12 may offer to make ext4 filesystems, but you can
make them ext3 if Ubuntu doesn't support ext4.
> Any decrease in performance?
NTFS: Just say no.
> Thanks to the community for support- Marshall
> >>If I try to do a linux fc6 re-install, might this work?
> >To reconstruct your old installation, no. Further, FC6 is way old and
> >no longer supported. I'm not up on Ubuntu versions, but if it's less
> >than a couple years old, it's a much safer installation that FC6 would
> >If you want to go back to Fedora, get Fedora 12. If you have
> >high-speed always-on Internet, just get the first CD, and it will do
> >most of the install from Internet resources, saving you the inevitable
> >updates after the install.
> >If you want a free Red-Hat-ish distro that won't end-of-life in 12-18
> >months, download and install CentOS 5.4, a free superset of RHEL 5.4.
> >>Will reinstall find the way to the linux partitions?
> >No. I think you've overwritten them with Ubuntu.
> >>Thanks for any help on this- Marshall
> >>p.s.-the ubuntu was installed on the second ntfs partition which it
> >>created from linux space-
> >>----- Original Message ----- From: "Bob McClure Jr"
> >><bob bobcatos com>
> >>To: "Getting started with Red Hat Linux" <redhat-install-list redhat com>
> >>Sent: Friday, January 15, 2010 4:13 PM
> >>Subject: Re: boot problem
> >>>On Fri, Jan 15, 2010 at 12:04:38PM -1000, blann wrote:
> >>>> Having a problem at boot for my FC5 linux on dual boot with
> >>>>WinXP. I manually
> >>>>powered down XP while it was trying to install an update. After
> >>>>that, when I went
> >>>>to boot Fedora, I got a final message:
> >>>>kernel panic- not syncing- attempted to kill init
> >>>>before that I got messages "unable to access resume device
> >>>>/dev/Vol Group00/logV01)
> >>>>could not find filesystem /dev/root
> >>>>I have a FC rescue CD which brings up a set of choices- but not
> >>>>sure what to try
> >>>>short of re-installation. Suggestions welcome- thanks- Marshall
> >>>>blann gte net
> >>>At the boot: prompt on the rescue CD, put "linux rescue".
> >>>Answer the dialogs about language and keyboard.
> >>>When it asks about networking, tell it No.
> >>>When it offers to find and mount Linux systems, hit "Continue". If it
> >>>finds only one, it will mount it. If more than one, it will give you
> >>>a choice. If successful, it will so inform you. Hit OK. At the
> >>>shell prompt, do these:
> >>> chroot /mnt/sysimage
> >>> grub-install /dev/hda # Assumes that is your boot drive
> >>> exit # or ^D out of the chroot shell
> >>> exit # or ^D out of the rescue shell
> >>>and it will reboot. Pop out the CD.
> >>>If that doesn't work, you may need to repeat, but after the chroot, cd
> >>>to boot/grub and inspect grub.conf. Drop a note back here to see
> >>>where we go from there.
> >>>-- >Bob McClure, Jr.
> >Bob McClure, Jr.
Bob McClure, Jr. Bobcat Open Systems, Inc.
bob bobcatos com http://www.bobcatos.com
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