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Old 04-25-2004, 03:24 PM   #1
fuzzlog2000
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LILO is missing or corrupt (I think)


I had installed a dual boot of Windows 2000 and Mandrake 8.0. Everything was working fine. Since I needed HD space and had no time to sit down and learn about using Linux, I decided to remove Mandrake. I used the uninstaller and everything came out great except for the fact that the OS selection page at the begining of the booting process still appeared and I had to make sure to choose Window 2000 every time (Still no problem). This went on for a few months.

Two weeks ago, I tried to start my computer but it wouldn't. It goes past the POST, but when it comes time to showing me the OS option page, it just sits there and does nothing.

Is there any way to delete all the remaining Linux files so that the boot up process no longer looks for them and goes straight into windows?


Thanks in advance for any help.
 
Old 04-25-2004, 06:34 PM   #2
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Using the W2K install disk you can boot to recovery mode and run the utility fixmbr. This will remove lilo from the mbr.

If you have a Windows 98 CD or an emergency boot floppy you can boot with that and run the command:
fdisk /mbr
 
Old 04-25-2004, 07:04 PM   #3
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Thanks. I will try that later on tonight and post the results.
 
Old 04-25-2004, 07:24 PM   #4
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Check root directory in lilo file. If you have resize partitions local devices can change. For example if before resizing your root partition was /dev/hda3, after resizing it can become /dev/hda4! Check in your lilo.conf the path of root directory
 
Old 04-25-2004, 09:46 PM   #5
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Thanks for your guys' reply. Since I had not changed anything prior to the failure, I followed michaelk's advice. It worked like a charm.

Thanks again.
 
  


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