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Old 12-28-2005, 09:25 PM   #1
drko
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Wink How do I switch boot loaders?


I installed Fedora Core 4, as well as the boot loader that it comes with, the Grub. I found that I prefer the LILO over the Grub, but I have no idea how to install the LILO to the master boot record instead of the Grub.
 
Old 12-29-2005, 12:07 AM   #2
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how to remove GRUB?
Code:
fdisk /mbr
How to install LILO?
please google..
 
Old 12-29-2005, 04:03 AM   #3
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THANKIES! that worked!
 
Old 12-29-2005, 04:37 AM   #4
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Did it really work?
I have been told that:
fdisk /mbr can be called only from a DOS prompt.
And after you do that you cannot boot into linux, how can you install LILO then?

Please explain what did you do exactly.
 
Old 12-29-2005, 07:23 AM   #5
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Quote:
Originally Posted by TruongAn
Did it really work?
I have been told that:
fdisk /mbr can be called only from a DOS prompt.
And after you do that you cannot boot into linux, how can you install LILO then?

Please explain what did you do exactly.
Huh? I mean, what is the problem? You can run fdisk /mbr from any running *NIX, not only linux. I did that a few times, on linux, freebsd, Debian GNU/HURD, HP-UX.

Edit: even if you run it from the dos prompt, you just stick the installation CD and select the reistall boot loader option. I guess that it is availible in FC4 (yuck) . Or, you can chroot from ,say SLAX into the / partition and reinstall it normally. Gee, what is the problem.

Last edited by BinJajer; 12-29-2005 at 07:27 AM.
 
Old 12-30-2005, 10:46 AM   #6
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No, the original response was bogus... Perhaps s/he was trying to be "clever." Clearly it lead to confusion. (Please, don't do that... especially not here.)

"fdisk /mbr" is, of course, a MS-DOS program which would install a Windows or DOS master-boot-record.

If you simply execute the lilo command, it should write its own master boot record, thereby immediately "becoming" the boot-loader of that machine.

The concept is simple ... the MBR is what the BIOS loads and runs when you "boot" the machine, and the MBR, in turn, loads the boot-loader (LILO, GRUB, NTLDR.EXE), which, in turn, loads the operating system.
 
Old 12-30-2005, 10:56 AM   #7
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And drko:
What aspects do you think lilo is better than grub?
None of my friend use lilo so I cannot actually lilo work, I know almost nothing about it, please give me some information?
 
Old 12-31-2005, 09:29 AM   #8
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And drko:
What aspects do you think lilo is better than grub?
None of my friend use lilo so I cannot actually lilo work, I know almost nothing about it, please give me some information?
I guess that drko will not come back here. Although I must say that:
LILO's
PROS:
-lilo can be much prettier than GRUB
-you can be sure that it is supplied with every distro (as it is distributed w. the kernel)
CONS:
-try to make a kernel update while using lilo... (no way! These bootloaders use different booting techniques.)
-has very complex syntax
-does not support multiple-word names (only, say Debian_Gnu_Linux, never Debian Gnu/Linux)
-is... slower...?
- and most of all, forget about lilo if you have, say BeOS, *BSD or GNU/HURD (Although, BeOS chainloads, maybe I will try... Edit: googled, no way, grub only.)
 
  


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