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SRT
31st July 2006, 05:49 PM
I recently installed Fedora Core 5. I got it working and am using it now. However, my Windows XP Pro installation doesn't work. It attempts to load but gives me a black screen with an error (rootnoverify (hd0, 2)) and that is as far as it goes.
The second problem I have is that my 19" CRT monitor is and EMC monitor but the model is not listed in the available monitors section. When I tried to select the 1600x1200 resolution and logged out, my screen went blank and I could not recover it with rebooting. I reinstalled Linux and have brought it back but I would like to change my resolution without losing everthing.

AMD Athlon 64 3200+
MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum
WD Raptor 74 GB 10,000 (SATA)
IBM 60 GB 7200 (IDE)
NVIDIA GeForce 4 MX 420

r1348
31st July 2006, 06:20 PM
That's not an error, grub doesn't seem to find your WinXP partition.
Can you please post the result of

fdisk -l

SuperKirb
2nd August 2006, 01:00 PM
I'm having the first problem, but when booting to XP, it prints all of the options that were set in grub.conf and then does nothing more. Here's what it outputs:

rootnoverify (hd0,0)
makeactive
chainloader +1
I tried editing grub.conf, but there seems to be an error in opening it by double clicking and I don't know how to go back to editing it. I am thinking that the rootnoverify line is probably wrong, but I'm new to Linux and am not sure what I may need to change it to.


That's not an error, grub doesn't seem to find your WinXP partition.
Can you please post the result of

fdisk -l

Disk /dev/hda: 81.9 GB, 81964302336 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9964 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 * 1 9833 78983541 83 Linux
/dev/hda2 9834 9964 1052257+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris

Disk /dev/sda: 37.0 GB, 37019566080 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 4500 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 4499 36138186 7 HPFS/NTFS

Disk /dev/sdb: 250.0 GB, 250059350016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 1 30401 244196001 7 HPFS/NTFS
The 37GB is the XP drive and the 250GB is an external storage for the XP.

SuperKirb
2nd August 2006, 01:34 PM
I'm having the first problem, but when booting to XP, it prints all of the options that were set in grub.conf and then does nothing more. Here's what it outputs:

rootnoverify (hd0,0)
makeactive
chainloader +1
I got that wrong. It prints out hd1 instead of hd0. I also got to accessing grub.conf through vi, so that's not a problem anymore.

SRT
6th August 2006, 06:13 PM
As I stated earlier I am new to this linux thing and when my system starts to boot into linux, I get a black screen and can't see to get to a terminal. I can get into rescue mode but I don't know how to get to my root to start trying some of the things I found on the web. When I boot to rescue mode I get a "SH-3.1#" and when I try to type "su -" I get a line that says "invalid password." How do I get to root from rescue mode? I solved the problem with windows not booting although I would like to change the amount of time it gives you to choose between the operating systems in Grub if somebody knows how to do that.

jon3k
7th August 2006, 11:32 PM
You can change the timeout in the /etc/grub.conf file.

To fix your resolution problem you'll need to probably find the horizontal and vertical refresh rates for your monitor and configure them manually in your xorg.conf file.

Is it detecting your video card properly?

markkuk
8th August 2006, 10:02 AM
When I boot to rescue mode I get a "SH-3.1#" and when I try to type "su -" I get a line that says "invalid password." How do I get to root from rescue mode?
Rescue mode runs always as root. No need for "su -" or anything else.