one more thing when I do a /sbin/lilo I get a Warning message device 0x0302 exceeds 1024 cylinder limit Fatal: sector 83135313 too large for linear mode (try 'lba32' instead) and...
LILO has a problem seeing Linux's /boot partition if /boot parition is located after the 8.1GB point on the disk. In your case it seems to be so. Since your install seems to be new you could try this -
Go to your BIOS before any OS boots and enable LBA mode for your hard disk. In most BIOSes this option would be under the top left menu item.
After you enable LBA install RedHat again. During the RedHat installation lookout for a CHECKBOX about wanting LBA mode. SELECT the checkbox to enable LBA.
whe i do a /etc/lilo.conf at the root I get a bash: /etc/lilo.conf : Permission denied
Type ls -al lilo*
when you are in the /etc folder, you'll see that lilo.conf is owned by the root.
To view lilo.conf you first have to become the root by typing su -
, they type the root's password. If you give the correct password your command prompt changes from $
. Then type vi /etc/lilo.conf
. Then that will display the lilo.conf file.
IMHO your problem seems be that of LILO not being able to see the Linux /boot partition, since the /boot located beyond 8.1GB. The most viable solution seems to be to enable LBA mode and install RedHat again.
HTH & best of luck