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#1 2013-01-22 16:31:55

marek1024
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Can't boot, bootloader not working.

Hi,
I have arch linux 3.6.10-1-ARCH, and Laptop HP 6735s. I installed syslinux from arch guide https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/In … e#Syslinux , and when I restarted system something appeared like this : "non-system disk or disk error replace and strike any key when ready".
When I using livecd and choosing  boot existing os , everythink works

I tried install other bootloader , but none works. I don't know what is wrong. It's seems like bootloader is not working, of course a have selected partition as bootable.

Plesase help.
Thanks
Mark

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#2 2013-01-22 16:45:14

DSpider
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Re: Can't boot, bootloader not working.

Hi and welcome to the forum.

When you used the LiveCD, I presume you pressed Tab over "Boot existing OS" and edited the details. What did you use? "hd0 1"? Syslinux counts BIOS drives from zero and partitions from one.

Make sure that the drive with Arch on it is the first to boot from the BIOS settings. Unless the laptop uses UEFI.

Last edited by DSpider (2013-01-22 16:45:55)


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#3 2013-01-22 17:14:06

marek1024
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Re: Can't boot, bootloader not working.

When I am using "Boot existing OS" ,  appears syslinus which I have configured and I just press the system.


This is my syslinux config.

LABEL arch
        MENU LABEL Arch Linux
        LINUX ../vmlinuz-linux
        APPEND root=/dev/sda6 ro
        INITRD ../initramfs-linux.img

LABEL archfallback
        MENU LABEL Arch Linux Fallback
        LINUX ../vmlinuz-linux
        APPEND root=/dev/sda6 ro
        INITRD ../initramfs-linux-fallback.img

LABEL windows
        MENU LABEL Windows
        COM32 chain.c32
        APPEND hd0 2

and this are my partitons

Disk /dev/sda: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes, 625142448 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x90909090

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda2        20973584   239256044   109141230+   7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda3       239256048   430654454    95699203+   7  HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
/dev/sda4       430654516   571576634    70461059+   5  Extended
/dev/sda5       430654518   434863484     2104483+  82  Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda6   *   434863548   522754172    43945312+  83  Linux
/dev/sda7       522755163   571576634    24410736   83  Linux

I installed syslinux on MBR.

(sorry for my english)

thanks
Mark

Last edited by marek1024 (2013-01-22 17:58:44)

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#4 2013-01-22 18:40:41

Shingetsu
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Re: Can't boot, bootloader not working.

What is /dev/sda7 Mark?
Also, make sure your hard drive is set as primary in your BIOS.

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#5 2013-01-22 19:11:00

marek1024
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Re: Can't boot, bootloader not working.

Shingetsu wrote:

What is /dev/sda7 Mark?

It's my  /home directory.

Of course my hd is set as primary.

thanks
Mark

Last edited by marek1024 (2013-01-22 19:12:55)

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#6 2013-01-22 19:42:13

DSpider
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Re: Can't boot, bootloader not working.

Is this a UEFI system?


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#7 2013-01-22 20:07:06

marek1024
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Re: Can't boot, bootloader not working.

I don't think so .
thanks
Mark

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#8 2013-01-25 10:27:40

BKE
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Re: Can't boot, bootloader not working.

Did you do the next command?
# syslinux-install_update -i -a -m

because doing "pacman -S syslinux" just installs the package, thus you still need to let the package install all the necessary bootfiles.

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#9 2013-01-25 12:30:53

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Re: Can't boot, bootloader not working.

Can the boot partition be on an extended partition in MBR?  I know this would have previously not worked.


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