|Summary:||The Linux Installer failed to activate the boot partition|
|Product:||[Retired] Red Hat Linux||Reporter:||mfranz|
|Component:||installer||Assignee:||Matt Wilson <msw>|
|Status:||CLOSED CURRENTRELEASE||QA Contact:|
|Fixed In Version:||Doc Type:||Bug Fix|
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|Last Closed:||1999-03-13 21:36:53 UTC||Type:||---|
|oVirt Team:||---||RHEL 7.3 requirements from Atomic Host:|
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Description mfranz 1999-01-21 15:55:42 UTC
This is strange one : AMD K6-2 3DNOW 350Mhz AMD reference system (I work for a chip company) 64MB Ram IDE HD and CD Drive Boot from floppy to kickoff the install process. Finds the CD drive ok, and select workstation or server as your configuration.Let Linux take over the entire HD and destroy whatever exists on it. Make a boot disk just in case during the install. After the install you'll need to reboot, at which point linux fails to boot. If you boot from the floppy you made during install, then the HD will boot up fine. Now boot an MS disk, and activate the Linux boot partition, and suddenly Linux will boot from the machines hard drive, and not require the floppy at all. Now, this is the fun part. I reinstalled Linux on this machine again, told linux to reinstall itself and destry the data. I finished the install, and BAM - Same problem, Linux fails to boot from the Hard Drive. I again boot from an MS floppy,FDISK the system, and once again it boots from the hard drive. The same install process as above has worked on a number of other machines, so I was really surprised when it failed on the AMD. There is obviously something strange about this machine, but I'm not sure what. If you have any tests/need more info, let me know. email me at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org (my work email)
Comment 1 David Lawrence 1999-01-22 20:32:59 UTC
We have observed this to be a bug and have verified it on machines in our test lab. It is being assigned to a developer for further review.
Comment 2 dank 1999-02-05 17:23:59 UTC
One of six users at LULA's Jan 99 installfest ran into this. A fix would benefit real users.
Comment 3 David Lawrence 1999-02-06 01:27:59 UTC
*** Bug 932 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. *** When using the built-in "Server" installation type, the first reboot FAILS, despite having LILO installed. None of the partitions on either /dev/hda or /dev/hdb were marked active. I'm not sure if the interaction is with LILO, or with a "smart" BIOS in some newer PCs. There are two solutions: 1) re-boot off the CD-ROM (or the install floppy), get to the point where you can pick between fdisk and Disk Druid, run fdisk on /dev/hda, mark the partition active, WRITE changes to disk, wait for disks to sync, then press the RESET button (ie. hard boot) 2) boot of the boot floppy that got created during install (if you made one :-) and re-run LILO. I have no idea why re-running LILO fixes this problem. This method did *NOT* fix the problem on one PC with a *single* root partition that was over the 1024 cylinder mark. There may have been some other interaction there. I'm not certain, but I believe that the same behaviour happens when using Disk Druid instead of fdisk. Last time I tried was a while back, so I could be wrong. ------- Additional Comments From email@example.com 02/05/99 12:24 ------- Is this a duplicate of #909? http://developer.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=909
Comment 4 Matt Wilson 1999-03-13 21:36:59 UTC
Fixed in the next release.