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I been using mandrake7.2 for a while now, and using winME at the same time. I got tired of switching to winME every time i go into LILO and went into linuxconf to make win default.
But I've done something wrong and now when i click on windows in lilo, it goes back into lilo, starting the count down.
I went into linuxconf and i think i fixed that thing i did, but i still get this "back to the LILO".
Anyone knows what i might've done? It also says on startup that it cannot mount my /dev/hdc5 - where my win is supposed to be. how do i start win again?
P.S. fdisk says that i only have 1 bootable partition.
I have a related question. My son and I are newbies and learning the fun of linux together. He has a WinMe computer. Win is on a 40g drive. We added two 1.2g drives and tried to install Red Hat on them in a dual boot mode. We wrote LILO to the 40g MBR. Now when booting from the hard drive only L comes up and the computer locks. Booting from a floppy runs linux fine but we can't get Win to work.
Any suggestions on what we did wrong and how to fix it?
Ok Steve. I'm new to linux too. So, bear with me.
I'm going to try and guess your setup. One 40G drive probably primary master. You probably have a cdrom drive as secondary master. The two 1.2G drives one is primary slave and the other secondary slave.
Which 1.2G drive did you install to? You should install to the hdb drive. According to an old red hat manual that I have, it needs to be installed on one the drives connected to the primary ide channel. There's some data it needs to have access to.
I believe I can get you back into windows. Get out your windows boot disk or a windows emergency boot disk and then boot into dos. Then run the command fdisk /mbr. That should restore your mbr so that you can boot into windows. You still can boot into linux with your boot disk. In fact, some people only use a boot disk. They won't install lilo or grub to their mbr.
So, your problem could be that you installed to the disk on the secondary ide channel.
Thanks for the info. fdisk/ mbr did the job to get WinMe running again. I'm booting off a floppy for linux for now, (which is okay). Linux is installed on the slave of the primary channel. Could it be because WinMe doesn't boot with dos?