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Old 06-11-2003, 01:11 PM   #1
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Yes ANOTHER dual boot problem


Ok, I'm sure the answer is already on the site somewhere, but I can't find it among the buhzillions...so...
Xp shows up in the bootloader lilo running RH9, but willl not boot, just goes back to the bootloader menu. Rh9 boots fine, from all 3 kernals I have a choice of. helphelphelp I wanna play some video games. What needs adjusting? lilo was just reinstalled, so...
c.

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Old 06-11-2003, 01:12 PM   #2
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how can we help if you don't provide your lilo.conf file and *real* error messages? i hope you can appreciate that "will not boot" is of very little use. thanks
 
Old 06-11-2003, 01:19 PM   #3
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there is no error message. I select xp, it blinks and goes back to the selection menu. Just blinks. I don't think it's too upset not booting xp. I can post my lilo.conf file in an hour or so when at home, thanks.
 
Old 06-11-2003, 01:56 PM   #4
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Sounds like your lilo.conf file is pointing to the wrong device or something. Check that first.
 
Old 06-11-2003, 02:37 PM   #5
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I know some people still like it, but why on earth people don't use grub is beyond me, it is so much easier.
 
Old 06-11-2003, 11:50 PM   #6
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I tried to install lilo on top of grub stupidly just to see if I could do it, didn't like it, so scrapped lilo, giving me the deadly LI on boot (or lack thereof) I fixed this by reinstalling lilo after I couldn't get grub to install cause lilo wouldn't let go, so now linux boots, but not xp, here's du stuff: /etc/lilo.conf=
boot="/dev/hda"
prompt
timeout="50"
message=/boot/message
root=/dev/hdb2
default=2.4.20-9

image="/boot/vmlinuz-2.4.20-4.ll.acpismp"
label="2.4.20-4"
root="/dev/hdb2"
read-only
initrd="/boot/initrd-2.4.20-4.ll.acpismp.img"

image="/boot/vmlinuz-2.4.20-9"
label="2.4.20-9"
root="/dev/hdb2"
read-only
initrd="/boot/initrd-2.4.20-9.img"

image="/usr/src/linux/arch/i386/boot/bzImage"
label="Linux_Compiled"
root="/dev/hdb2"
read-only
optional

other=/dev/hda1
label="XP"
 
Old 06-12-2003, 03:15 AM   #7
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I would insert your xp cd and go into rescue mode and 'fixmbr' which should get rid of your bootloader altogether. Then you can insert your red hat 9 cd and select upgrade after the first boot screens. When you get to where it says bootloader, select grub and it will show you the dos/windows boot and the linux/red hat boot. You can make your selection there as to which one you want to be your default. You don't even have to select any new packages to upgrade, just continue on and then it will install grub for you and everything should work fine.

Some people will say to use dos to boot to repair your mbr and say to use the fdisk /mbr command. This may also work, but I prefer using the windows cd if you have one.

If you have questions let me know or if something needs clarification, same applies.
 
Old 06-12-2003, 08:18 PM   #8
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Do u have two hard disks? But your lilo.conf says so. you have installed xp in first hard disk and linux on the other hard disk.
There is an option "advance bootloader(something like this)" to put lilo or grub in the first hard disk while installing red hat. You can configure your lilo or grub now also through control centre. I don't have redhat installed, so I could not provide you much details.
 
Old 06-12-2003, 09:08 PM   #9
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Insert your rescue disk for xp!
 
Old 06-13-2003, 09:03 AM   #10
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I do have 2 hard disks w/ xp on hda1 and linux/swap on hdb, mbr is on hda.
 
Old 06-13-2003, 12:33 PM   #11
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so what is your question at this stage then?
 
Old 06-19-2003, 07:19 PM   #12
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tried xp cd and fixmbr, it warned me, did it, then I booted up and the same problem persists, still have linux, no xp
 
Old 06-19-2003, 08:06 PM   #13
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Ok you tried the XP cd and you still can't get xp. What exactly did you do and what happened. If i were you i hate advising people to do this is reformat both drives, reinstall XP on the C: drive then linux on the D: drive and put the bootloader in the MBR of the C: drive (XP). And if you have anymore problems please post more information about what happens, it makes it easier to diagnose. And if you want to get back into windows to backup anything try disabling the linux drive in bios. It sounds to me like you have Xp on the slave drive and linux on the master drive.
 
Old 06-19-2003, 09:29 PM   #14
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no, xp is on C: master drive(hda1) (it won't install on anything else I think) and linux on the D: (hdb1, see above)slave drive. As far as I know, the mbr is on c:, or hda1. I put in the xp cd, booted, went into repair mode and typed fixmbr, it warned me, then said it did it, I rebooted, and got grub INSTEAD of lilo, again, see above, so I guess it got rid of lilo, but now grub persists, with the same xp in the menu but not booting problem. I really really don't want to reinstall everything, especially xp, cause it's no fun, installing linux again maybe cause it gets better every time I do it....hmmm.
 
Old 06-19-2003, 09:32 PM   #15
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here is my /etc/grub.conf

# grub.conf generated by anaconda
#
# Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
# NOTICE: You have a /boot partition. This means that
# all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /boot/, eg.
# root (hd1,0)
# kernel /vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/hdb2
# initrd /initrd-version.img
#boot=/dev/hda
default=3
timeout=10
splashimage=(hd1,0)/grub/splash.xpm.gz
title Red Hat Linux (2.4.20-13.9)
root (hd1,0)
kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.20-13.9 ro root=LABEL=/ hdd=ide-scsi
initrd /initrd-2.4.20-13.9.img
title Red Hat Linux (2.4.9-34smp)
root (hd1,0)
kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.9-34smp ro root=LABEL=/ hdd=ide-scsi
initrd /initrd-2.4.9-34smp.img
title Red Hat Linux (2.4.20-4.ll.acpismp)
root (hd1,0)
kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.20-4.ll.acpismp ro root=LABEL=/ hdd=ide-scsi
initrd /initrd-2.4.20-4.ll.acpismp.img
title Red Hat Linux (2.4.20-9)
root (hd1,0)
kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.20-9 ro root=LABEL=/ hdd=ide-scsi
initrd /initrd-2.4.20-9.img
title DOS
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1
 
  


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