View Full Version : L 99 Error On Boot

02-18-2003, 06:47 PM
Firstly, I realise this is not a Linux board, but this is the only place I have...

I decided to try Linux Red Hat after hearing that it was good. I wanted to dualboot with XP Home, but had read some advice suggesting that if you wanted to keep the data currently on your hard drive, you needed some partition software. So I got PartitionMagic 8.0 and made a 5 gig partition on my 40 gig hard drive, then started installing Linux.
I went through as usual, the installation said that the partition "was aligned wrongly" or something like that, but I tried to install anyway. It stopped on a file that was 204KB and was taking 30 minutes to install this one file, so I decided it wasn't working. I turned my PC off and back on again, and now I get this strange "L 99" error on starting up. It appears to read my CD-RW drive and then adds another 99 on the end so my pc screen looks like this:

L 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99 99...

02-18-2003, 09:32 PM
Nobody seems to reply on this one so i give it a shot! :lol:

XP format's your harddrive in NTFS format!
If you buy a new computer (This year) the HD's are mostley allready formatted in this NTFS format.
Maybe it is possible that LINUX is trying/and needing the (old) MSDOS FAT 32 format?

Somebody should know the answer for you inhere!

I heard a lot about LINUX but did't dare to try it yet!

Good Luck!

02-18-2003, 10:13 PM
Linux can read NTFS fine, it just cant write to it properly yet. Did you test the CDs before you installed RH? It could be a bad download. You will get much more help if you ask here JustLinux (http://www.justlinux.com)

03-05-2003, 11:41 PM
You can make a partition without partioning software brother. And you can alos have fat32 and ntfs both on one HDD...I have it on mine..As far as L 99 I cant help but since you have got this far you can at least format the partion that holds the linux info and start over.

03-06-2003, 02:00 AM
You need to format the red hat partition, and make a new EXT2.
Linux is supposed to be on an EXT2 Partition, i would scrub the red hat and re- partitoin, and install Mandrake Linux 9.0 it's more user frendly on install than any other version.