FW: Utility partition (was: The blinking blue lights)

Steve_Boley@Dell.com Steve_Boley at Dell.com
Thu Nov 14 15:31:00 CST 2002

-----Original Message-----
From: Boley, Steve 
Sent: Thursday, November 14, 2002 3:30 PM
To: 'bscott at ntisys.com'; linux-poweredge at exchange.dell.com
Subject: RE: Utility partition (was: The blinking blue lights)

Much easier way is to edit grub.conf or lilo.conf to point to /boot
partition and then boot to dos boot disk and run fdisk /mbr and you're back
in business and can boot to either the utility partition or linux.  Where is
says boot=/dev/sda change to boot=/dev/sda3 for instance if the boot
partition is sda3.  If you have lilo you have to run lilo after the changes
but with grub just kick a reboot and you're back up no problem.

-----Original Message-----
From: bscott at ntisys.com [mailto:bscott at ntisys.com]
Sent: Thursday, November 14, 2002 3:24 PM
To: linux-poweredge at exchange.dell.com
Subject: Utility partition (was: The blinking blue lights)

On Thu, 14 Nov 2002, at 11:52am, jeff at hostinggroups.com wrote:
> I noticed that there is a Dell partition on the HD, what is this for and
> how do I access it, if I hit F10 at boot up it just loads the OS?

  Most likely: When you installed your boot manager (LILO or GRUB), you
installed it in the MBR, instead of installing it in the boot sector of a
primary partition (the way the PC was designed to work).  Since you
destroyed the standard MBR, the F10 option can no longer control what OS
gets booted.

  You can add the Dell utility partition to your boot manager's menu by
using the appropriate "chain loader" option.  Consult your boot manager's
documentation for more information.

Ben Scott <bscott at ntisys.com>
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