From Gene Becker on Tue, 18 Jan 2000
I have loaded my new Red Hat 6.1 several times and when I reboot it comes up to LI and then blinks a curser. At this point I can do nothing and it will set there indefinitely. HELP!
Next time you re-install, try putting your boot or root Linux filesystem in a SMALL partition at the beginning of the drive. I'd suggest a /boot filesystem of less than 32Mb and/or a root (/) filesystem of less than 127Mb.
If you can't do that because you have an MS-DOS or MS Win '9x partition in the way, then use LOADLIN.EXE.
The probably is probably that your BIOS doesn't know how to access parts of your disk, particularly those portions of the hard disk that lie beyond the 1024 cylinder boundary.
I've explained this well over 100 times in this column so I highly recommend searching on the terms LILO and LOADLIN in the Linux Gazette archives. (Using the search engine). That's at http://www.linuxgazette.net and you can find many mirrors to them at http://www.google.com/linux