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Re: Successful install, but no boot

On Tuesday 14 June 2005 11:51, J.A. de Vries wrote:
> Hi,
> Yesterday I used the latest netinstall iso to install sarge on a new
> system. The installation itself seemed to go smoothly, but when the
> moment came to reboot nothing happened. The system did reboot but it
> didn't find a boot device on hd0. It just hangs and asks "Reboot and
> Select propper Boot device or Insert  Boot Media in selected Boot device
> and press key". I suspected something went wrong when writing the MBR to
> the disk (the primary master hda), so I tried to install again. Alas,
> that gave no improvement. The sytem doesn't report any errors, it just
> sits there and waits (obviously, since it can't find a bootable
> device...)
> Anyone have any suggestions on how to proceed?
> System specs:
> MoBo: ASUS A8V Deluxe
> CPU: AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3000+
> RAM: 2GB
> HDD: 2x SAMSUNG SP1614N (160GB)
> Any help would be appreciated very much!
> Grx HdV
> P.S. Just to exclude the possibility of write errors I did check the MD5
> checksum on the ISO, but it was OK.
> P.P.S. Using an Ubuntu Live disk I found that a seemingly complete
> install was put on the harddisk. So most probably it is just a MBR
> problem...

You probably just need to re-run LILO.  Us old-timers who are used to 
compiling kernels, we've all made that mistake often enough that it's no big 
deal, and we know the drill.

Boot with a CD, and type "linux root=/dev/hda1" at the prompt.  This will use 
the CD's bootstrap loader, but the / directory will be whatever you 
specified.  You can type "mount" anyway just to make sure.  Now check your 
lilo.conf and, once you're sure it is correct, run "/sbin/lilo" to recreate 
the master boot record.

If it doesn't like hda1, then try sda1 -- both at the boot prompt and in 


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