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Old 08-31-2003, 05:23 AM   #1
somniator
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LILO problem (and some misc ones)


hi all

i used linux for the very first time yesterday , beauty itself!

and besides the fact that neither my sound card nor my adsl usb
modem worked out , i was in a real AWE until today morning

i dont know how much this information helps but my box is:
pentium 4 2400 with 512mb ram a voodoo 3 video card and
two IDE hard drives the master with 15gb and the slave
with 80gb

the master one is partioned as follows:

hda1 (initial and primary one) in fat32 with windows98se in it
hda3 (middle and primary one) in ext3 with redhat9 on it
hda2 (final and logical one) linuxswap.

i use LILO in my MBR. NOT in the linux partition.

during the linux instalation
i added windows to my lilo list with linux as the default system

after everything is done when i log as root and use the lilo
configuration screen i do see windows on the list

but this morning on the very fist time i tried to boot on windows
for my surprise there is no windows on the list

there IS a item called hda1 wich i tried but it gives me only
a prompt asking my the path to the comand.com file

and if i do give the prompt the correct path the prompt just
repeat itself.

inside linux I CAN use my entire disk by mounting the windows
partitons. they ARE intact.

my question is: is there ANY hope out there??????

bear in mind i AM a total linux newbie , the mounting thing
i discovered this morning by reading some previous posts
in this very board.

oh and since im posting this , there are to other small problems

first just a curiosity , the pentium 4 has hyperthreading but
since windows98 cannot support it i just disabled the thing in my
motherboard , but since linux do support it , once i turn it on on
my motherboard what do i need to change on linux to "turn it on"?


and at last the weird one

yesterday my linux was working like a charm , and because i had
tons of personal-off-line-html files to read (manuals)
i used mozilla a lot, i was NOT logged as root
and i did NOT commit such a silly thing as deleting
something , BUT today mozilla stopped working!
he just says that e cannot find a file in the chrome/packages
subdirectory

once i went manually to see , i discovered that there is NO packages
subdir inside chrome(at least no more) so how come it dissapeared?
im the only one to use te machine

and the system refuses to unisntall the defectuous mozilla 'cause
there are files missing 8-(.


anyway sorry for the newbie doubts!

and thanks in advance if anybody is kind enough to help me

somniator

Last edited by somniator; 08-31-2003 at 05:25 AM.
 
Old 08-31-2003, 05:29 AM   #2
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Hi somniator

Can you post your lilo.conf file? - if so

open a shell

su
root password

cat /etc/lilo.conf

copy the contents to a text file and post
 
Old 08-31-2003, 06:09 AM   #3
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here it is

sorry about the delay i dont have net yet on my box im
connecting from another one and all my tries to mount a floppy disk
to carry a copy of my lilo.conf there gave me total system hangups
so im making a handcopy:


boot="/dev/hda"
prompt
timeout="50"
message=/boot/message
root=/dev/hda3
vga="787"
image="/boot/vmlinuz-2.4.20-8"
label="2.4.20-8"

read-only
initrd="/boot/initrd-2.4.20-8.img"

image="/usr/scr/linux/arch/i386/boot/bzimage"
label="linux_compiled"
root="/dev/hda3"
read-only
optional

other=/dev/hda1
label="windows95" /*even tho i use 98*/

image="/dev/hda1"
root="/dev/hda3"

than you
 
Old 08-31-2003, 06:27 AM   #4
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The first thing to say is:

Quote:
image="/dev/hda1"
root="/dev/hda3"
This entry at the bottom of the file shouldnt be there - the image=directive doesnt point to a kernal image - youve got it pointing to a partition - so delete these two lines.

Second :

Quote:
other=/dev/hda1
label="windows95" /*even tho i use 98*/
change the above to:

other=/dev/hda1
table=/dev/hda
label="windows95"


Third - you havent got a default= directive

put this in near the top of the file

default="2.4.20-8"

Once youve made these changes save the file - then as root user in a shell type

/sbin/lilo

then reboot your computer

Last edited by Skyline; 08-31-2003 at 06:37 AM.
 
Old 08-31-2003, 07:14 AM   #5
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:(

thnks for the suggestion

tried that out but it was unsessful

now i have a corrct promt (two options one for windows another for linux)

the linux one works
butthe windows one just gets myself the same weird prompt i talked about earlier

any other ideas?

thnks anyway
 
Old 08-31-2003, 01:30 PM   #6
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Unhappy :(

well guess ill just format everyzig over
 
Old 08-31-2003, 02:31 PM   #7
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i had the same problem with missing command.com, and i hate to say i never solved it. if it makes you feel better, i didn't try all that hard since i was feeling like a clean bath (read: format and re-installation) anyway.
 
  


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