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Cannot Boot into Linux

Alex_14
Occasional Advisor

Cannot Boot into Linux

I have a really big problem. Please ignore my previous post about the prob with the CD-ROM. I did an install via FTP and everything went fine up until boot loader time. Here it goes....When I wanted to make a boot floppy it would not let me make one....fine. I figured once I boot into it I will make one. Well then LILO would not work as a bootloader so then I chose grub and it worked.

Now when I reboot the computer I got an error saying that it cannot find the kernel and vice versa. When I went to run a rescue on the system and I got the same message again saying it could not find the kernel.

So at this point I just want to get back to full hard drive space (thank god I only gave linux 7gb to use). I ran fdisk /mbr, now I need to know how to format the linux partition and reallocate it to windows.

Please note that I used Disk Drake to do my partitioning because I could not spend the money to get Partition Magic. FDISK when I run it from windows will not see the Linux Partition, so how do I get windows to A)see it (so that I can format it) or find some way to use a program that will let me format the partition and then delete it.

My CD-ROM's will not do the rescue and for some reason or another, I cannot download the rescue file from online. I will keep trying to download the rescue so that's all for now.

Please Help me, I really need it and I have never run into this problem before.

Thanks,

Alex
4 REPLIES
Vincenzo Restuccia
Honored Contributor

Re: Cannot Boot into Linux

Run new installation select "update" and create rescue floppy.
Alex_14
Occasional Advisor

Re: Cannot Boot into Linux

thanks for the reply vince. I was just thinking of that. Just run a new install and just format the partitions and start from scratch.

Just a really quick question. What could have happened that I would have had a kernel problem. The computer hung (or at least I thought it did)after it was rebooting so i hit CTRL+ALT+DEL and then when I went to start linux i got that kernel problem. Do you think that the problem was with the initial reboot?

-Alex
Vincenzo Restuccia
Honored Contributor

Re: Cannot Boot into Linux

Verify the integrity of partitions with fsck.
Mark Fenton
Esteemed Contributor

Re: Cannot Boot into Linux

sounds like LILO never was configured when you did your initial install. If you interrupted the install (or if the install crapped out -- had that happen to me a couple of times -- something about the APM features in the box's BIOS), then that is quite likely why it wasn't configured.