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i have 2 hard drive
right now i have to go thru bios eveytime i want to go to different os and choose the corresponding hd
can i set lilo to boot to linux or windows, so within 30 s if i don't put anything lilo will boot to linux?
You'll need to run "liloconfig" as root in a terminal to set this up the first time. Install LiLO to your MBR, and don't worry. I feel that it's going to be pretty self-explanatory, but if you have questions, ask back.
Here's my /etc/lilo.conf for a dual boot Slackware-10.2 / Windoze XP box:
# LILO configuration file
# generated by 'liloconfig'
# Start LILO global section
boot = /dev/sda
#compact # faster, but won't work on all systems.
timeout = 50
# VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x256
vga = 773
# ramdisk = 0 # paranoia setting
# End LILO global section
# Linux bootable partition config begins
image = /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.15
root = /dev/sda6
label = Slackware
image = /boot/vmlinuz-22.214.171.124
root = /dev/sda6
label = Slack-126.96.36.199
image = /boot/vmlinuz
root = /dev/sda6
label = Slack-2.4.31
read-only # Non-UMSDOS filesystems should be mounted read-only for checking
# Linux bootable partition config ends
# Windows bootable partition config begins
other = /dev/sda1
label = WinXP
# map-drive = 0x80
# to = 0x81
# map-drive = 0x81
# to = 0x80
table = /dev/sda
# Windows bootable partition config ends
You'll need to adjust the devices for yours, and change the timeout from 50 (5 seconds) to 300 (30 seconds). Probably might want to check your framebuffer console settings, also. But you really shouldn't have to edit anything manually, once you run "liloconfig" and reboot, you should be good to go.
If you run "liloconfig" as I suggested then it will probably set it up just right for you. All you'll have to do is choose the proper Linux / (root) and Windows partitions. Did you run "liloconfig" as root yet?
Good. You only have one /etc/lilo.conf file, and that is simply the configuration file on the drive with your Linux operating system. If you chose to install LiLO to the MBR, then it has placed a boot loader into the first sector of your first partition on your first hard drive (/dev/hda). For more information you can read: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_Boot_Record
You don't have two boot loaders, and you don't have two /etc/lilo.conf files. You are okay. If you want to see how "liloconfig" setup /etc/lilo.conf, you can type "cat /etc/lilo.conf" in a terminal (without the quotes) and it will print the contents of the file to stdout (your monitor).