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  1. #1

    Blank screen on first start after install?

    I've run into this a couple of times after installation of Linux on a new system.

    I'm guessing this has to do with a failure to write a new boot loader on the system? I've seen it on both Redhat and Slackware installs, and on different systems.

    A zeroing of the hard drive (wipe) seems to clear it up, but then I have to go through the Linux reinstall.

    Is there a faster way to fix it?


  2. #2
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    Sep 2003
    Knoxhell, TN
    if you boot from a liveCD/rescue disk, you should be able to manually install a boot loader on the mbr... for grub, do the following:
    $ grub
    grub> root (hd0,0)   #replace (hd0,0) with your boot partition
    grub> setup (hd0)    #installs GRUB on the MBR
    i don't know 'bout lilo, though.. i haven't used it in quite a while.
    Their code will be beautiful, even if their desks are buried in 3 feet of crap. - esr

  3. #3
    Thanks for the info. Unfortunately, I am using LILO. I did check the /etc/lilo.conf (or /mnt/hda1 using the live CD) file, but it already points to hda1. And it won't allow me to rewrite the MBR using a live CD.

    Soooo ... I'm moving ahead with the wipe, since I need to get the system running.

    Any other advice would definately help for future installs.


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