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Old 02-14-2004, 02:29 PM   #1
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lilo+ not valid boot signature


Hi!
I have 2 HDDs: on the first one I have a Fat32 partition with data, and the second one is used for linux(Slackware).
I installed Fedora Core 1 today on /dev/hdb10 (this being on the linux drive), choosed not to install Grub, and then booted in slack to configure Lilo. After editing, when running lilo, I get the following error:

Fatal: First sector of /dev/hdb10 doesn't have a valid boot signature

Could you tell me how to fix this (and if possible why is this happening).

Thanks
 
Old 02-14-2004, 03:39 PM   #2
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"Could you tell me how to fix this (and if possible why is this happening)."

One possible cause of the problem is that you may not have marked the partition as bootable
when you created it. Use:
fdisk -l /dev/hdb
to see if the partition is bootable.

Did you created the partition using OpenBSD? In the past OpenBSD has had the problem of creating bad partition entries when the partition is beyong 4G on the hard drive.

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Old 02-14-2004, 05:26 PM   #3
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It's marked as bootable (a * in the "boot" column). The partition was created automatically during installation. I tried to install Vector linux, on a different partition, but the same error came up. Is there a maximum number of partitions that lilo can handle(although I saw a thread of a guy who had a lot more partitions than me)?
And.. does it matter than I boot from my first drive, and linux is on the second?
 
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"Is there a maximum number of partitions that lilo can handle(although I saw a thread of a guy who had a lot more partitions than me)?"

The number of partitions makes no difference to lilo.

"And.. does it matter than I boot from my first drive, and linux is on the second?"

No, it shouldn't. Except that when you have minor hardware configuration errors then lilo sometimes mishandles them where grub works OK anyway.

"I tried to install Vector linux, on a different partition, but the same error came up."

If it happened on only one partition then I would say that you had a bad block on the disk. Since it happens on more than one partition I lean toward the theory that it is lilo screwing up somehow. You could try grub and see if that works. Here is a grub manual:

http://www.gnu.org/software/grub/manual/grub.html

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Old 02-15-2004, 03:27 AM   #5
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A couple of months ago I run away from Grub because it gave me headaches when writting the config file . But I guess I should face my fears. Thanks for the link.

Two more questions:
1. Might the problem be solved by reinstalling lilo?
2. Lilo vs Grub.I am not trying to start a war, but I would like an opinion from someone who used them both (it doesn't need to be objective )
 
Old 02-15-2004, 11:15 AM   #6
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"1. Might the problem be solved by reinstalling lilo?"

I doubt it but it will do no harm to try.

"2. Lilo vs Grub.I am not trying to start a war, but I would like an opinion from someone who used them both (it doesn't need to be objective )"

I use lilo on boot floppies. My kernel is too big to fit on a book floppy and I figured out how to make a lilo boot floppy without a kernel before I figured out the same with grub.

I use grub on the MBR because grub is slightly easier to reconfigure and grub is less prone to tripping over minor hardware problems than lilo is.

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Old 02-15-2004, 12:00 PM   #7
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Thanks for your help jailbait.
 
Old 02-24-2004, 01:32 AM   #8
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Just for the record: it wasn't Lilo's fault, it was mine. I guess the saying: "computers do what you TELL them to do, not what you WANT them to do" proved to be, once more, true.
What I was trying to do (I guess) was to load a linux kernel by chain-loading, like windows. The answer was in ... Lilo howto which I haven't read carefully enough.
 
Old 02-12-2011, 09:06 PM   #9
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hi. may i know how it was solved?

i got a similar problem. my newly installed VL does not boot as well
 
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Hi,

Please notice the date!

You should create a new thread for your problems and not resurrect a seven year old thread.

Be sure to include a thorough definition of your problem.
FYI: I suggest that you look at 'How to Ask Questions the Smart Way' so in the future your queries provide information that will aid us in diagnosis of the problem/query.


 
  


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