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I had windows XP installed first then I installed Redhat 9 after that. During installation of Redhat 9, I chose Lilo as boot loader and put it in the MBR. However, when I restart my computer, it just boot straight into XP without asking me anything. I can only boot Linux using floppy. It seems to me that the boot loader of windows is still working, but I am not sure. How do I figure out which boot loader is doing the job?
Thanks for any help.
Boot into linux with your bootdisk (good thing you made one). Then, double check which disk/partition windows and linux are on. To do this run "fdisk /dev/hda" (you have to be root) and press p (to print the partition table). Then edit your /etc/lilo.conf file (you also have to be root to write to this file) and make sure the root=<blah> statement points to the linux partition. In my case it is: "root=/dev/hda1". Then check (should be down the bottom) the other=<blah> statement to make sure it points to you windows partition. In my case this looks like:
In both cases, where I have /dev/hdxx you put in the partitions you found out using fdisk. Then save your file and exit. Then, run "lilo" (this is what writes the new config to the MBR). The above is based on the assumption that the rest of the lilo.conf file is OK. I can't post attachments so I can't show you my lilo.conf. Just check if the above works. If not, we'll take it from there.