linux rescue

Tomasz Ciolek tmc at
Tue Sep 17 08:42:34 EST 2002

If one is setting up a machine to boot form the /dev/hdbXX one needs to
install the boot block that points to the kernl on the bootable hdd,
ussualy, uder IDE the hda.

So in the message below, the IDE-1 is likely to be primary master IDE,
(depending on the mobo and their device naming, of course) or the bios,
may need to be told to boot of the primary slave (/dev/hdb) disk.

Tomasz Ciolek.

PS I have ran into some older bioses, Phoenix mopst often, that will NOT
boot to a linux partition and one has to boot to a DOS or FAT and
bootstrap from there... 


On Tue, Sep 17, 2002 at 08:24:39AM +1000, Howard Lowndes wrote:
> On Mon, 16 Sep 2002, Simon Burton wrote:
> >
> > booting IDE-1: missing operating system
> Isn't this trying to look on the Secondary IDE, so the device would be
> /dev/hdc or /dev/hdd
> >
> > so i boot from the linuxcare CD and ran e2fsck
> > on hdb1 (mount /) and hdb5 (mount /home) it's OK.
> > Also, fdisk puts a star next to hdb1 - bootable.
> > Then did this "chroot /mnt/host lilo" with /dev/hdb1
> > mounted at /mnt/host. OK.
> >
> > booting IDE-1: missing operating system
> >
> > so what did i miss?
> >
> > -simon
> >
> -- 
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