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Linux login

Postby penfold66 » Sat Dec 13, 2008 5:43 pm

Hi,
All boots up fine initially but then I get to a linux login pompt before the graphical interface launches
I enter root and root and it will not accept
I have tried all combinations, root no password root in upercase etc etc.
Any ideas?
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Re: Linux login

Postby Curtis8 » Sat Dec 13, 2008 5:49 pm

I do not remember it asking for a password when I used WINNER. The script should launch with no login needed. Maybe you should try the PING kernel with WINNER it could be possible that WINNER did not detect your Hard Drive and exited to prompt.
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Re: Linux login

Postby penfold66 » Sat Dec 13, 2008 5:54 pm

yep it can not detect the hd just caught the error message.
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Re: Linux login

Postby penfold66 » Sat Dec 13, 2008 6:14 pm

The bios sees the hd but the pxe does not.
Have replaced the kernel with the one from ping but I still get a cannot detect drive message and it drops back down to the prompt.
Any ideas?
Just noticed a thread about missing hd issues, off to have a read
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Re: Linux login

Postby penfold66 » Sat Dec 13, 2008 6:51 pm

Ok, confirmed graphical mode makes it drop down to the prompt with a startx command not found message.
Will try text mode.
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Re: Linux login

Postby Curtis8 » Sat Dec 13, 2008 7:02 pm

I kind of remember only using text mode. I do not remember if graphical worked at all. This project is not being actively developed you should take a look at the PING project which may meet your needs as well.
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Re: Linux login

Postby penfold66 » Sat Dec 13, 2008 7:08 pm

Basically it's a laptop with a dead cdrom.
The os no longer boots (xp) all I want to really do is get to a recovery console to fix the bootsector.lol.
Failing that I'm trying winner to do a repair install if possible.
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Re: Linux login

Postby Curtis8 » Sat Dec 13, 2008 7:25 pm

Ok then, this is what I would try. I would download PING and run it on a working XP machine. When prompted go to a shell. I would then dd the boot sector of the good drive and save it to a network share (USB would be fine as well). Then I would run PING on the laptop and dd the working boot sector back.

Of course you could always get yourself a copy of Win2K boot disks (about 5 floppys) and use the command console from there. You can get boot disks here.
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Re: Linux login

Postby penfold66 » Sat Dec 13, 2008 7:54 pm

Cheers curtis.
The laptop has no floppy drive.
Is there a way to do this via pxe? I know how to mount one img file but not multiple.

The hd appears to have bad sectors, Ideally I'd like to run spinrite to see how near to death the hd is, not sure if a way to do that via network boot yet.
At the least I need to get a chkdisk running on it somehow.
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Re: Linux login

Postby Curtis8 » Sat Dec 13, 2008 8:56 pm

with PXE you can send more than one file like so:
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LABEL ntpass2
    KERNEL ntpass/vmlinuz
    APPEND rw vga=1 init=/linuxrc initrd=ntpass/initrd.cgz,ntpass/scsi.cgz

What happens after that and where the files end up I have no idea. But it will give you a start and if you are successful in booting 5 floppies from PXE I would sure like to hear about it.
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