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Re: [SLE] 9.0 pro desktop suddenly says "40 40 40 40"
  • From: Anders Johansson <andjoh@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 8 May 2005 02:46:29 +0200
  • Message-id: <200505080246.29433.andjoh@xxxxxxxxxx>
On Sunday 08 May 2005 02:27, David T-G wrote:
> But what does "40 40 40" mean, and what caused this?

First of all it means you're using lilo as a boot loader. What '40' means is
more uncertain. It is a BIOS error code meaning "seek failure", but the
reason for it can be one of a few things.

Before this latest reboot, did you change /etc/lilo.conf and run /sbin/lilo ?

Since you can boot from other sources, you could mount your root partition on,
say, /mnt/tmp

mount <partition> /mnt/tmp
chroot /mnt/tmp
mount /boot
/sbin/lilo -v 5

Be a little bit careful if you're booting from a 2.6 kernel linux, since if
you don't have all IDE hard drives, you may end up with the drives in a
different order, which would screw up the lilo installation. In this case you
may have to change lilo.conf to suit the new disk order. Check before you run

Barring that. hopefully this will either fix your problem or tell you what the
problem is


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