Hard drive problem

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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:
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

Stegozor wrote:
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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."

Tip: http://www.google.com/

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It's looking for a floppy to boot from.

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If you weren't attempting to do some reconfiguration in linux just
previously and caused that, then it sounds like your drive is toast.


Re: Hard drive problem

Stegozor wrote:

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It is simple.  Your LILO is broken.  Reinstall from install media. (CD or
DVD i presume.)

Re: Hard drive problem

JosephKK wrote:

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I booted from a Dos diskette and formatted the hard disk. The problem
seems solved now, I just got to install the OS. Thanks for the answers,
I didn't know this side of Lilo, I was far from realising that the
first L was a message from it.

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