Originally posted by mattp
Ha ha, No I never did fix it. I just booted up one day with the floppy, and never shut off my machine LOL!. If you can help me fix this thing I would much appreciate it!
Have you ever had a Windoze system running that long without rebooting?
The problem with my system was that I have 2 drives - one for Windoze and
the other for Linux. I decided to totally redo the Windoze system which is
/dev/hda and when I rebooted it there was no LILO. The problem was two-
fold. First, Windoze overwrote LILO in the MBR. Second, I changed the partitions.
To fix it what I did was boot Slackware with the floppy I created, which mounts
the / directory read/write. Then I changed the /etc/fstab file and then I had to
delete the old Windoze directories that were under / and write the new ones.
In the old setup I had this:
/dev/hda1 * W2K - NTFS
/dev/hda5 WINXP - NTFS
/dev/hda6 DATA - NTFS
/dev/hda7 DATA - FAT32
/dev/hda8 TEMP - FAT32
/dev/hda9 Linux swap
/dev/hda10 PGP - FAT32
but after formatting and repartitioning the drive I have this:
/dev/hda1 * WINXP - NTFS
/dev/hda2 PROGRAMS - NTFS
/dev/hda3 DATA - FAT32
/dev/hda5 Linux swap
After fixing all that I ran "lilo" as root and all is now well again.
If this is confusing to you, please post the output of this:
$ df -h
# /sbin/fdisk -l
$ cat /etc/lilo.conf
$ cat /etc/fstab
and I'll write you a little tutorial with explanations for your system.