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RE: Boot fails unless power is cycled

From: Gregg C Levine
Subject: RE: Boot fails unless power is cycled
Date: Thu, 2 Feb 2006 23:10:06 -0500

Hello from Gregg C Levine
Here is the problem as I understand it. Your computer is using FC4,
that's okay for me. Before switching distributions late in 1998 I ran
a Red Hat based one.

And you are booting sometimes normally with GRUB. Did your installer
remember to configure an initial root device? Those are needed for
EXT3. According to the Mini-HOWTO for the distribution I use an
initial root device is necessary for booting off of an EXT3 partition,
the initial root device typically contains the necessary modules to
indeed boot the system.

Or it was during the kernel epoch leading up to the first generation
of the 2.6 series of kernels. It might be fact now.

Next question, can you provide for us the contents of your menu.lst?
And please do not send things out in HTML, some of us do not have the
facilities for viewing that style of mail. If at all possible that is.
Gregg C Levine address@hidden
"Remember the Force will be with you. Always." Obi-Wan Kenobi 
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Subject: Re: Boot fails unless power is cycled

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> On Thu, Feb 02, 2006 at 09:16:07AM -0800, 1arryb (sent by
Nabble.com) wrote: 
> > > 
> > > Hi all, 
> > > 
> > > I'm running CentOS (Rocks 4.1) on a Compaq Presario. 
> > > 
> > > This machine boots fine from a cold start but won't reboot. I
know the cpu is posting because I > can see the cdrom light and hdd
light go on briefly, I presume, looking for a bootable partition. My
/boot is a subdirectory of /, which is an efs3 partition on a SATA

> I guess you mean ext3. I know no efs3, only efs (of SGI - partially 
> supported by linux), which IIRC isn't supported by grub. 

Yes. Typo. 

> > > 
> > > I don't know if this is relevant, but I don't see an
e3fs_stage1_5 file in /boot/grub. Is it ok to boot from an efs3
> > > 
> > > How can I debug this? NOTHING is written to the screen, no
splash, no messages, no nada. 

> You'll first have to describe with much more details what you do and
what happens. 

This works: 
    Power off/power on machine (machine boots Linux normally) 

This doesn't work: 
    [from the root shell prompt] 
    init 6 
    [Machine shuts down normally, cd-rom light flashes, hdd light
flashes, screen remains dark] 
    wait forever :-) 
> If you cold boot into linux, then e.g. run /sbin/reboot, linux
> boot through the BIOS etc., which should show its own messages
> starting grub. So if it's not, it's a bug either in linux or in the 
> BIOS. Do other OSes reboot well? 

This machines boots/reboots Grub/FC4 normally with the same BIOS

> -- Didi 


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