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Re: RedHat Install on Vaio Z505CR/K fails - HELP!

is the message "Missing Operating system" coming from LILO or some part
of Windows which has refused to die?

can you run fdisk at all and list the partition tables on the box and
post them here

Phil Cummins wrote:
> 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.
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