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Old 02-15-2004, 08:26 AM   #1
mairul
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Unhappy Lost....Debian


I have a hard disk 13 GB. I Installed win XP, windows 2000 and win 98 at first 6 GB. Then I install Debian Linux 3 in the rest of the hard disk. It was working fine. Last night I plugged in my another hard disk 5.1 GB as primary slave and then install Redhat 9 at 5.1 GB partition. Now when I boot my computer I get redhat 9 and winxp, 2000 and 98 only. I have lost my Debian. Is there any way that I can recover my debian.

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Old 02-15-2004, 09:21 AM   #2
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Installing a new bootloader usually does not autodetect how to start other Linux installations. They need to be added to the bootloader manually. Installing Red Hat has probably overwritten your Debian bootloader with it's own. Post back with which bootloader you are using if you need more help.
You should be able to boot your Debian installation if you have the Debian install CD.
I believe pressing "F1" will tell you about the rescue options. Something like:
rescue root=/dev/hdaX
where rescue = the kernel you wish to use and hdaX = your Debian partition, should boot your installed system from the CD.
 
Old 02-15-2004, 09:46 AM   #3
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I am using LILO...I have the debian CD's ( 3 CD )
Can you please tell me how can I create a debian boot disk from my Debian CD's...

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Old 02-15-2004, 10:02 AM   #4
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To use your Debian install CD to boot an already installed system restart your computer with the first install CD and read some of the options available by pressing the function keys.
Either:
linux root=/dev/hdaX
or
rescue root=/dev/hdaX
should work.

To add another option to Lilo:
Edit /etc/lilo.conf (as root) to add the missing Linux system to the menu. Then run "/sbin/lilo" (as root) to write the changes.
Read "man lilo.conf" for information. You can check the lilo.conf on the other system to confirm proper options.
 
  


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