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Old 08-12-2003, 10:55 PM   #1
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booting redhat 9 with floppy


Ok I have been using redhat 9 on my pc for a few months now, but its not dual boot. I just put rh9 on my laptop with windowsXP. I chose to install lilo and I know from searching that I have to edit the /etc/lilo.conf file to change where the bootloader is stored. At least this is the understanding I have from it. However, I made a boot disk and its just for the install. I am wondering how to get linux booted up so that I can actually change this file? I mean I don't know how to get into linux because XP automatically loads. Thanks so much everyone the laptop will be forever grateful!
 
Old 08-12-2003, 11:40 PM   #2
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You can use the boot disk you created during the installation of RedHat 9.

To install Lilo in the MBR, type:
Code:
/sbin/lilo -v
 
Old 08-13-2003, 12:16 AM   #3
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Ok I have lilo installed I just need to configure it so that it will install on the MBR. When I boot to the disk I made I just get a "boot:" prompt, how can i get to a shell or start linux from that ?
 
Old 08-13-2003, 12:20 AM   #4
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You'd typically log in and then type - startx

To get LILO installed on the MBR - you need to modify your

boot = - directive

at the top of lilo.conf

change it to

boot=/dev/hda

After youve changed this directive then run

/sbin/lilo - as root

Last edited by Skyline; 08-13-2003 at 12:21 AM.
 
Old 08-13-2003, 03:24 AM   #5
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Ok I understand that but I still have one problem. I boot to the boot disk and it asks me how I want to install redhat. I don't know how to get to a console from that boot disk. I mean did I make the wrong floppy or what is the deal?
 
Old 08-13-2003, 03:48 PM   #6
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Concerning the boot disk, in the message, do you see SYSLinux 2.00 with a message telling you to press ENTER to boot Linux from /dev/hdaX and with a prompt label Boot:

If not, then I don't know exactly what that floppy does.

However, you can use the RedHat CD to boot Linux.
Follow the steps in the following document

Booting into Rescue Mode
http://www.redhat.com/docs/manuals/l...mode-boot.html
 
  


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