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I install lilo bootloader in my MBR, not knowing the consequences. I have windows XP pro running in partition hda1 and in partition hdb1. I want to be able to boot to those partitions using Lilo but I don't know what to do. I'll being reading a lot about the subject but I still don't feel comfortable doing this because I'm just 2 days old of experience in mandrake linux 10. I need some guidance from the gurus at linux in this forum with specific instructions. Sorry to be so annoyance. This is copy of how the fstab and lilo.conf file looks like:
Have tried installing the lilo with configuration. As far as I know you should not receive any error when you run lilo. After running lilo just try rebooting the linux box. make sure that you have a backup copy of lilo in floppy or cd.
To tell you the truth , I don't even know if Lilo is running because everyone talks about the Lilo interface screen that's supose to show you the systems that is booting up, so you can select one. But in my case that never happen, when I boot the machine goes straight to mandrake linux 10. I'm not having any error in the booting sequence, but I lost the capacity of booting into the windows XP system when I decide to install Lilo in the MBR. I need some guidance in what to do with preferably spacefic instructions. I also was trying to create a booting floppy disk so if I mess up lilo I still could load the system and fix any mistakes to "Lilo.conf" but it doesn't seem to work for me or I don't know what i'm doing. I use this instructions I found while exploring the different alternatives in How to create the booting floppy,
1.fdformat /dev/fd0H1440 # Lay tracks on new diskette
2.mkfs -t minix /dev/fd0 1440 # Create minix file system on floppy
3.mount /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy # Mount floppy
4.cp -p /boot/chain.b /mnt/floppy # Copy chain loader
5.cp -p /boot/boot* /mnt/floppy
6.lilo -v -C /etc/lilo.floppy # Install lilo and the map onto floppy
I'm able to execute this until I get to instruction 3, then I get permission denie even running as a root. I'm tempted to tackle this problem but I want a safety key inthe event of screwing lilo I still can go back to mandrake and fix it. I'm also tempted to re-load NTLDR in the MBR of my first partition, but doing so I loose the capacity of going back to mandrake and continue working on the problem. Any help, please.
I believe in Mandrake you can look in the Mandrake Control center under boot and you should be able to see your Lilo boot options also the time to show lilo to give you a chance to select either option.
Also in here I believe there is a make boot floppy choice