Just installed Mandrake 8.0, won't load LILO or anything else
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indefinitely, rebooting doesn't resolve it either.
I tried to setup a dual boot between my Windows XP Pro load and FUBAR'd the whole deal. My NT entries showed up fine when configuring the boot loader during the Mandrake setup procedure so I figured everything was going to work ok.
I have three hard drives with a single NTFS5.1 partition on each, my linux root and swap partitions are on the third drive.
I created the emergency disk in the Mandrake install just in case so when I boot with that Linux loads but I'm at a loss on how to fix everything.
I would first see if you can get your XP to boot. Put in your mandrake installation CD, boot, and then press F1 for more options and then type
this should give you a list of options and one of them is, I believe, to restore the saved DOS bootloader. Do it and I think you'll be able to boot XP again.
After this, start linux from your emergency disk and take a look at /etc/lilo.conf. If you don't understand it after taking a look at the man pages and searching around on the forum and elsewhere, you can post your lilo.conf here and somebody will be able to help.
um. Sorry. I guess the rescue option of mdk8 is not as advanced as in 9. In that case, boot linux from your rescue disk, login, open a terminal window, and then become root using the command
lilo -u -v
This should do it.
If it doesn't, get hold of an win98/95 boot floppy, and run