From Rian Kruger on Thu, 23 Sep 1999
Here is my problem.
I have been asked to fix a computer which uses LILO to Boot and is partitioned WinNT, Linux. Fine and Dandy.
The problem is that one morning the computer desides not boot. All I get is LI_ where it should say LILO: and then boot up.
I have a rescue disk but this was created when installing Linux on another machine. Both Destributions are Red Hat.
I insert the disk and start the machine
So then I get LILO: it then says type rescue, which I did... Alls well, till the machine asks:
VFS: Insert root floppy disk to be loaded into ramdisk and press ENTER
On pressing error things go well enough for long enough to give you a false sense of security before hitting you with.
floppy0: data CRC error: track 0, head 1, sector 12, size 2 floppy0: data CRC error: track 0, head 1, sector 12, size 2 end_request: I/O error, dev 02:00, sector 29
If I try to boot linux from the same Boot disk.
[crash messages ellided]
Thats when I got desperate and tried to boot from a NT repair disk (also created on another machine during installation)
And the Computer Says:
The emergency Repair Disk is not startable.
Repairing a damaged Win Nt Installation is an option available at the beginning of the win NT Instalation.
To start setup bla bla bla....
If I take this root, am I going to have to reformat the entire machine, will I loose all the Linux info, How do I save the situation. Please help, sagely advice would be much appreciated.
Sounds like a bad controller, or a dead DMA chip. Might be some memory that went wacky.
It sounds like hardware failure.