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I'm trying to install Fedora 9 on a Dell OptiPlex GX300 machine. The instalation runs properly, but when the computer restarts after the instalation, it simply won't boot, like there's ...
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    pc won't boot after linux intstalation


    I'm trying to install Fedora 9 on a Dell OptiPlex GX300 machine. The instalation runs properly, but when the computer restarts after the instalation, it simply won't boot, like there's no OS installed.
    I tried diffrent Linux distributions, but nothing works.

    This are the partitions, maybe it's usefull:
    /boot ext2 100mb

    Physical volume: System
    - swap swap 1gb
    - /srv ext3 4gb
    - /usr ext3 4gb
    - /var ext3 1gb
    - /home ext3 4gb
    - / ext3 5gb

    I realy hope somebody could help me

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    Hi and Welcome !

    Which graphics card do you have? Does any distro boot up in recovery mode? Does any distro throw any error during boot up?
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    Thanks for the help

    graphics: matrox graphics MGA G200 AGP

    no distro boot up at all, the only thing that is shown is a system error:
    "Strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility"

    (I tried Fedora 9 and Ubuntu 8.04; nothing worked)

    When i boot from the openSUSE LiveCD, everything goes fine

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    You have a separate /boot partition which changes the way things are set up. Here's a link to a site about how to set up a separate /boot partition. It's specific to Ubuntu but the info on grub will be the same with one exception. The menu file in Ubuntu is /boot/grub/menu.lst, in Fedora, I believe it is still /boot/grub/grub.conf.

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    no distro boot up at all, the only thing that is shown is a system error:
    "Strike F1 to retry boot, F2 for setup utility"
    Have you set Harddisk as First Boot Device in BIOS? Is there any security software/options available in your Motherboard's BIOS? It looks like installers are not installing Boot Loader in Harddisk or something disable it.
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    problem solved

    Someone told me that the problem could be caused by a bad harddisk.
    I already tried another one, but it was also a bad disk, so...

    I just tried it again with a new disk i've got, and everything worked fine

    however,
    thanks for the help!

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