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November 3, 2005, 3:31 pm
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I have a problem with my harddrive: When I switch the power on, the
Power on Self Test performs correctly, I hear the single beep on the
buzzer, and the drive is correctly identified as the Primary Master Disk
by the BIOS. (20020 MB, UDMA 5) I also get the PCI device listing
display correctly, but just after that the screen displays
L 01 01 01 01 01 01 01 01 01 01 01 01 01 01 01 01 01 01 01 01 01 01 01
and so on for nearly 10 lines. If I remove the HDD, instead of those
lines, I get the following message:
DISK BOOT FAILURE, ENTER SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER
If everything was normal, I should have Lilo as the bootloader.
Unfortunately, I currently don't have a floppy drive, so I can't boot on
a diskette to see what the problem is.
Did someone have a similar experience? What the problem is, or may be?
Configuration: AMD Athlon XP 2000+ CPU, Asus A7V333 Motherboard, 128 Mb
of RAM, Western Digital 20 Go HDD, a Lite-on CDRW as the secondary
master, no slaves.
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Re: Hard drive problem
That's the standard way that LILO reports the booting progress:
"When LILO is launched it displays the word LILO. Every letter dignifies
a certain state. If LILO cannot be launched, the output letters will
give a clue to the problem.
none - no part of LILO has been loaded. Either LILO has not been
installed or the partition with LILO on it has not been started
L - The first step has been loaded and started but the second step
(/boot/boot.b) could not be loaded. This normally points to a physical
error on the boot device or a faulty disk geometry."
It's looking for a floppy to boot from.
If you weren't attempting to do some reconfiguration in linux just
previously and caused that, then it sounds like your drive is toast.