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RedHat Install on Vaio Z505CR/K fails - HELP!
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- Date: Fri, 24 Nov 2000 14:03:29 +0900
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Hello, I recently bought a Vaio Z505CR/K. It was quite a purchase for me, so I checked to see what kind of problems Linux people experienced with the Z505 series and found that, aside from the difficulty of getting the USB floppy to work, they generaly seem to be very Linux- friendly. However, this CR/K is a new model. It's really nice in terms of hardware. But I am having a terrible time getting Redhat Linux 7.0 installed... I have copied the bootnet.img to a floppy and can boot off that and start the installation off my local network. Everything gets downloaded fine, even the X11 graphics test out OK. In fact, no problems are encountered until I reboot. It simply will not boot linux. I have tried using lilo to install to the disk's MBR and to the boot sector of the disk partition I installed Linux on. When I reboot, I just get a blank screen with "Missing Operating System". These are basically my only options with Lilo, aren't they? In any case I am at this point pretty desparate for suggestions. Note, however, that I can't boot off any rescue disk as yet, because it seems that the kernel I boot from must be able to support the USB floppy (the prepackaged rescue diskettes I've tried fail when they try to unpack the root partition from the floppy, and I'm guessing this is the problem). I guess I will start the process of creating my own boot disk for this, but I am worried that this is not going to solve my problems... In any case, any suggestions will be gratefully appreciated. -- Phil P.S. I don't know if it's relevant, but it came with Win2k pre-installed, which I (happily) wiped in the course of the Linux install. Also, unlike previous Z505's that seem to have a special, small partition reserved for hibernation purposes, this one only had two FAT32 partitions set up on its 20G disk. --------------------------------------------------------------------- Phil R Cummins firstname.lastname@example.org Frontier Research for Subduction Dynamics tel(i/d):81/0-468-67-3393 JAMSTEC, 2-15 Natsushima-cho fax(i/d):81/0-468-67-3409 Yokosuka 237-0061, Japan
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