June 15th, 2002, 08:21 PM
Trouble starting Red Hat 7.0 from a boot disk.
I have recently completed an instillation of Red Hat 7.0 in a dual boot configuration alongside Windows XP. I began the process by loading Windows first and then loading Red Hat. Also I followed all the relevant advice in regard to loading LILO in the first sector of the root partition (not the MBR – which apparently is disastrous for Windows NT varieties). My Red Hat install was a success and I created a boot disk to use when loading Red Hat.
Unfortunately upon trying to load Red Hat via the boot disk I am met with a number of erroneous error messages. The following list shows a snippet of the messages that I am receiving.
local host login: According to var/run/gdm.pid, gdm was already running (668) but seems to have been murdered mysteriously.
local host login: According to var/run/gdm.pid, gdm was already running (698) but seems to have been murdered mysteriously.
local host login: According to var/run/gdm.pid, gdm was already running (710) but seems to have been murdered mysteriously.
local host login: …..
local host login: According to var/run/gdm.pid, gdm was already running (5951) but seems to have been murdered mysteriously.
This message continues to be displayed with the number in brackets (xxxx) increasing continuously. Each time a new line of error message is displayed the computer screen flickers to black three times. If anybody has any idea about what is causing these errors and/or any suggestions on how to remedy them they will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
June 16th, 2002, 04:26 PM
I'm not a guru, but two things that strike me are: 1) if you have LILO properly configured, you shouldn't need the boot disk.. presuming that your intention was for a proper duel boot. What happens when you try without the floppy?
2) A flickering screen suggests to me that your system might be strugging to start X. If you can boot from hdx or CD, try dropping your run level in /etc/inittab from level 5 to level 1. Save and reboot to see if you can get a steady linux load. Then go look at your /etc/X11/XF86Config to check your screen settings - you might find it easier to re-install and let the installation process reprobe your hardware.
I just did a google, and found this too:
I hope that's some help,
edit: And I notice that this is your first thread - welcome to the madness
Last edited by christo; June 16th, 2002 at 04:29 PM.
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