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Re: Dumb, dumb, dumb (but please help!)

No, I didn't make a custom boot disk. (I'll go read up on how to do that, now...)
FWIW, here's how I solved the problem:
1) Move the HD back to the motherboard (UDMA/66 is backwards compatible with /33).
2) Boot the potato CDROM, and use "rescue root=/dev/hda2"
3) Mount all the other locations (tolerating the modprobe: errors, since it was looking in a 2.2.18pre21 directory for modules, rather than 2.2.18pre21-ide)
4) ln -s the two module directories.
5) Edit fstab and lilo.conf (to point to hda instead of hde)
6) lilo
7) reboot....and all is working

Now...I still have to move it back to the Promise. I think that'll work like this: 1) back up fstab and lilo.conf, and edit them (to refer to hde...except tell lilo.conf to store the map on hda, since hde doesn't exist, yet)
2) lilo
3) reboot
4) edit lilo.conf (so that, next time, it writes to hde)

But I'm not going to do that for a while (I have a working system)
In the meantime, I'll read up on:
1) how to create custom boot floppies
2) how to "downgrade" a system (I have some testing and unstable libs on there, and I want to put everything back to potato/stable). We'll see if just apt-get -f dist-upgrade (with the appropriate sources) works.

From: Adam Di Carlo <adam@onshore.com>
To: "David Small" <david_b_small@hotmail.com>
CC: debian-boot@lists.debian.org
Subject: Re: Dumb, dumb, dumb (but please help!)
Date: 31 Jan 2001 03:50:14 -0500

"David Small" <david_b_small@hotmail.com> writes:

>                             So, I rebooted and ended up with the
>                             dreaded "MBR  L 01 01 01 01" situation.
>  I suspect there's something I can do, by moving my HD back to the
>  mother-board, booting from a rescue CD (rescue root=/dev/hda2), and
>  somehow manipulating the MBR, from there.  True?  How?

did you make a custom boot disk?  If you have a kernel which works,
you should be able to boot from that mounting your existing root
partition as the root partition. I can't really get clear information
whether the udma66 flavor of 2.2.20 boot-floppies doesn't support
Promisa ATA100, I think it does not for some reason.

.....Adam Di Carlo....adam@onShore.com.....<URL:http://www.onShore.com/>

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