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Old 01-20-2004, 09:52 AM   #1
Registered: Sep 2003
Location: Iowa
Distribution: Slackware 9.1
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Lilo boot hangs when trying to boot Win2K

I am using Slackware 9.1 and had to add a 2nd hard drive with Win 2000 on it for some of my University classes. So right now I have slackware setup on /dev/hda and the boot loader installed to the MBR. After I unplugged the Slack hard disk, I installed Win2k on the 2nd hard disk and I assume it put its own boot loader on the MBR of that 2nd drive. So here is the problem:

After getting both hard drives plugged back in and up and running I used the liloconfig GUI tool to add the Windows hard disk to the boot loader in hopes of making the dual boot work at startup. When I try to boot to Win2k it just says "Loading Windows" and hangs. It is not actually booting anything at all, as "Windows" is the label I gave to the boot loader. Does anyone know how I can make this work correctly? I will attach the tail end of my /etc/lilo.conf file at the bottom along with a recap of what my system looks like. Thanks in advance for any responses!!

/dev/hda - Slackware 9.1 with lilo installed on the MBR
/dev/hdb - Win2k with its own boot loader installed on this drives MBR


# Linux bootable partition config begins
delay = 50
default = Linux
image = /boot/vmlinuz
root = /dev/hda3
label = Linux
# Linux bootable partition config ends
other = /dev/hdb1
label = Windows
Old 01-20-2004, 10:32 AM   #2
Registered: Oct 2003
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you're in luck, I did this exact same thing last night.

that is from memory and it was late last night when I found that solution, but I think that it's correct. I'll check when I get home and let you know if there's anything wrong.

edit: here's the link where I found my info.

Last edited by Tramontane; 01-20-2004 at 10:36 AM.
Old 01-20-2004, 10:42 AM   #3
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Wow, that a good memory!! Thanks so much for your reply. I will try it later tonight when I get home and have a min. Thanks again


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