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#1 2010-11-03 18:47:10

benhee
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From: North West UK.
Registered: 2009-10-28
Posts: 41

[RESOLVED] Can't Boot from hard drive

Hi #!ers,

My 6 years old Elonex Exentia pc wont boot from the Hard Drive. Pentium 4, 512ram, 200gb ATA.

Working fine 5 hours ago, decided I would take #! ubuntu off the hard drive, was 4 booting with statler o/b and xfce, and a salix.
all seemed to go well re- partitioned space from the #! ubuntu, and expanded my home extended partition on statler o/b.

Don't remember doing anything different to what I've done a dozen times before. But on rebooting after reinstall of #! o/b all I got was a
black screen & :-
"Non-system disk --insert boot disk and press any key"

Checked BIOS for boot priority, and tried to boot from Hard Drive  directly, but still the same screen.
Since then I've fiddled quite a lot, and now have a cleaned drive and a fresh install of just statler o/b /,  /home & swap partitions.
Live disk works fine using it now, but no boot from Hard Drive.
Gparted sees partitions ok. Methinks it's something more than an install issue, its gone crunch but no bang yet, any ideas out there?

Mr Hee

Last edited by benhee (2010-11-04 09:47:13)

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#2 2010-11-03 20:41:14

luc
#! Die Hard
From: Munich, Germany
Registered: 2010-03-21
Posts: 597

Re: [RESOLVED] Can't Boot from hard drive

did you check if the disk is ok? the command in a terminal is "fsck". (consult the man-page first: "man fsck") and yes it does not sound like an install but more like a drive issue.
good luck
luc

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#3 2010-11-03 21:30:53

Kuno
#! Die Hard
From: Osnabrück - DE
Registered: 2009-01-09
Posts: 674

Re: [RESOLVED] Can't Boot from hard drive

benhee wrote:

Gparted sees partitions ok.
Mr Hee

In Gparted, is your is intended bootpartition flagged as bootable..??

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#4 2010-11-03 21:41:45

benhee
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From: North West UK.
Registered: 2009-10-28
Posts: 41

Re: [RESOLVED] Can't Boot from hard drive

Hello,

thanks for replies,

Luc I used gparted to check disks, uses e2fsck, nothing flagged as wrong.

Kuno, ,no it isn't I'll try adding a boot flag.

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#5 2010-11-03 21:56:56

benhee
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From: North West UK.
Registered: 2009-10-28
Posts: 41

Re: [RESOLVED] Can't Boot from hard drive

Geewhizzzz,

thats too easy!! all systems go, chugging along gently & loading cb welcome right now.

A partition did have a boot flag earlier, but I must have been confused, too many partitions must have put it on the wrong one.

& didn't notice when I cleaned & reinstalled.

thanks kuno & luc, there must be a few more years in the old box.

Now about this flakey win7 on the notebook...............

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#6 2010-11-03 22:03:39

Kuno
#! Die Hard
From: Osnabrück - DE
Registered: 2009-01-09
Posts: 674

Re: [RESOLVED] Can't Boot from hard drive

benhee wrote:

Now about this flakey win7 on the notebook...............

Take a look here: http://crunchbanglinux.org/forums/post/91199/#p91199
smile smile smile

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#7 2010-11-03 22:14:55

benhee
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From: North West UK.
Registered: 2009-10-28
Posts: 41

Re: [RESOLVED] Can't Boot from hard drive

Ha, good fun, but too much trouble, I am dual bootin already, thought I needed win7 for a couple of things,
but I'm going to live without them, after only 1 month win7 is going.

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#8 2010-11-03 23:42:03

bluebris
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Registered: 2010-10-26
Posts: 10

Re: [RESOLVED] Can't Boot from hard drive

benhee wrote:

Hi #!ers,

My 6 years old Elonex Exentia pc wont boot from the Hard Drive. Pentium 4, 512ram, 200gb ATA.

Working fine 5 hours ago, decided I would take #! ubuntu off the hard drive, was 4 booting with statler o/b and xfce, and a salix.
all seemed to go well re- partitioned space from the #! ubuntu, and expanded my home extended partition on statler o/b.

Don't remember doing anything different to what I've done a dozen times before. But on rebooting after reinstall of #! o/b all I got was a
black screen & :-
"Non-system disk --insert boot disk and press any key"

Checked BIOS for boot priority, and tried to boot from Hard Drive  directly, but still the same screen.
Since then I've fiddled quite a lot, and now have a cleaned drive and a fresh install of just statler o/b /,  /home & swap partitions.
Live disk works fine using it now, but no boot from Hard Drive.
Gparted sees partitions ok. Methinks it's something more than an install issue, its gone crunch but no bang yet, any ideas out there?

Mr Hee


I had this on mine when i'd left a USB which didn't have an os on it plugged in.  My boot priority didn't show the usb as the first boot device so i don't know why it did it, but when i removed the usb stick and rebooted it was fine...

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#9 2010-11-03 23:48:09

Kuno
#! Die Hard
From: Osnabrück - DE
Registered: 2009-01-09
Posts: 674

Re: [RESOLVED] Can't Boot from hard drive

benhee wrote:

...thought I needed win7 for a couple of things...

I have some (about 3) programs, that i need and won't work correctly under wine. So i tried Virtualbox and with virtualized XP: Bingo!! Worth a try!

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#10 2010-11-04 10:04:26

benhee
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From: North West UK.
Registered: 2009-10-28
Posts: 41

Re: [RESOLVED] Can't Boot from hard drive

Thanks for all ideas, suggestions.

Mr Hee

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