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Old 05-15-2004, 04:05 PM   #1
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How to fix LILO?

I have Mandrake 10, recently I was playing with KDE 3.2.2 configuration and I messed up my LILO. Since I dual-boot, it only displays "LILO 22.8.5 loading windows" and boots into windows xp. I tried booting the Mandrake CD and going into "rescue" mode but fixing the boot loader doesn't do anything. I should mention taht I only had 'windows" and "linux" in the boot menu. Any way to make it work again? I know I should probably edit /etc/lilo.conf and run /sbin/lilo but how do I boot linux first?
Old 05-15-2004, 04:13 PM   #2
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Do you have a linux boot disk? If not, get one (

Boot using the disk, then create a directory ('mkdir my_root_dir'), mount your linux root partition on it ('mount -t ext3 /dev/hda1 my_root_dir', if your / partition is on /dev/hda1 and it's ext3 formatted), chroot to the mount point ('chroot my_root_dir'), and from there you can edit lilo.conf and re-run /sbin/lilo.

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You can use Mandrake's rescue mode the same way. Just select to mount the partitions and go to console mode.
Old 05-15-2004, 08:13 PM   #4
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thanks to both of you guys, fixed it


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