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I have the same problem, with a few deviations:
1. I put LILO on a diskette (about a year ago I put it on the MBR, had the same problem and couldn't use my computer for a week. Burn me once shame on you, burn me twice...)
2. My error is L with 07 repeating
3. The error code pops up before LILO's menu shows up.
Would I follow the same guidelines to fix the problem?
I am using Slackware 11's installer, and I have tried to reinstall LILO onto the diskette at least half a dozen times, both simple install and expert mode. I have Linux on I believe the master drive (I just switched them before I installed LILO, power cords werent long enough as is). Windows is on the other drive.
I remember having this error a long time ago and I can't remember for the life of me how I fixed it.
The "root=" statement is a hard disk address for Lilo to load the root of the Linux into the memory. Therefore you can't have root=/dev/fd2 because a floppy is too small to store the root filing system of the entire Linux.
I think you could put root=/dev/hdb3 if that is the partition of "/" of your Linux.
To put Lilo on a floppy you do it with the command
lilo -b /dev/fd0
The above will install Lilo into the floppy that boot up the Linux in hdb3.
Well I've gotten further, all the way past the LILO menu, but it still hangs at
boot: Loading Linux............................
Here is a summary of what is going on.
I am booting from a floppy (/dev/fd0). My Slackware partition is /dev/hdb3. I am using the vmlinuz kernal.
Here is my custom-made lilo.conf (which is in /etc/lilo.conf)
I have LILO on a floppy so I can boot Linux immediately.
disk=/dev/hdb #this line and
bios=0x80 #this line tell BIOS to treat hdb as the master drive
map=/mnt/floppy/map #tells LILO where to put the map file (I don't know what that is, just know I need it
default=Linux #which image to boot automatically
boot=/dev/fd0 #which device to put all of this on, the floppy
prompt #brings up the prompt
timeout=0 #I have it set up just to boot the default image instead of waiting for input
change-rules #don't know what this is for
reset #this goes along with the line above, I just see it in all the sample lilo.conf files
#Start Linux partition
initrd=/boot/initrd.gz #I think this is the problem, it should start loading everything after saying "Loading Linux" and that is what this is for
#End Linux partition
It gives me no warnings when I run /sbin/lilo. When I then reboot, it goes all the through the menu then just hangs.
I compiled the initrd.gz by typing in
mkinitrd -c -f reiserfs -r /dev/hdb3
So I think my problem is I may be building initrd.gz wrong. Any ideas?