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After upgrading from Mandrake 8.1 to 9.0, I can no longer boot to Mandrake.
The computer would run bios and then print the letters LI (LILO trying to start?) and then freeze. I booted off the Mandrake 9.0 CD, choose the console through F1 and then typed 'rescue'. This gave me the option to 'restore my Windows MBR', which I did, so I can again boot to Windows. (It's a dual boot system.)
I tried booting off my old LILO disk (the boot disk for the system before I upgraded from 8.1). It starts to boot, but then freezes after the message 'unable to open console'. Should I be able to use my boot disk created when I installed 8.1?
I tried booting off the cd and running through the upgrade procedure in expert mode, however, the results were the same. (can't boot). In both the regular and expert mode, I get an error message when it is trying to install the boot loader, and also when it tries to create a boot disk.
When 8.1 was working, I was using GRUB, not LILO. I recall that LILO would not work, but I could boot off my installation disk and then I installed GRUB, which worked fine - I don't know if that is relevant.
Well when I tried to make a boot floppy in Mdk9 I didnt work, but you can boot off the cd as you say you've already done. Seems that cant repair/reinstall Lilo though. What windows are you trying to dual boot with?
Try Rescue, then Reinstall Lilo. It worked for me, but I dunno about you as you seems to have problems with installing the bootloader. Again which windows version are you dual booting with? Or are you just trying to run Mandrake?
Hmm, maybe GRUB will have better luck installing into your MBR. XP is on your primary hard drive right?
As you are using an NT/XP variation of windows, I suspect that's the cause of Lilo not working. It's ok with win95/98/ME iirc.