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I've used cfdisk to create the following partitions:
/dev/hda1 primary some-stupid-dell-partition
/dev/hda2 bootable primary linux
/dev/hda3 primary linux swap
/dev/hda4 bootable primary ntfs
Everything installs fine except for when I get to the option of configuring LiLo. It spits an error out at me and tells me I can probably still configure it manualy. So I figured ok, I'll configure it manually.
So, I procede with setup and eventually restart the computer (after taking the cd out of the drive). All I see is an error about the Partition Table. I'm having to use the bootable cd to get into linux.
However, I want to be able to dual boot between winxp and slackware! I am having a hard time figuring out what I'm doing wrong with LiLo!
Some good news though, I have gnome and my touch-pad mouse working great =)
I have not yet installed xp, could that be the reason LiLo isn't working? Someone please help!
Well, after the initial setup of windows I restarted... and lo-and-behold it went directly into windows to finish setup! I'm thinking I can still boot into linux with the cd, update lilo, and then everything will be ok. If not, I'll just have to reinstall linux. Unless anyone has any other opinions?
Reinstalling Windows *will* overwrite your MBR. That's just the way it behaves, and that's why it's recommended to install Windows first in a dual boot system.
In any event, Yes, you should be able to revive Linux by doing exactly what you describe - boot into Linux using either the installation CD or a boot floppy, then install lilo (or rerun it if it was already installed- as root: /sbin/lilo ) As you suspect, reinstalling Linux is not necessary.
XP just finished installing and I'm booting slack now with the cd. It's a laptop and I don't have a floppy drive!
I ran liloconfig, set it up, ran lilo, and restarted. Working perfectly! Now to set up my cable connection. I've already found a few posts here that deal with that so unless I run into anything totally confusing I'll be quiet for a little while =)