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Old 12-06-2004, 01:11 AM   #1
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lilo boot disk


I am using Mandrake 10.1. I decided to make a boot disk (floppy) just to have in case I needed it.

I went into Mandrake control center and made a boot floppy. The floppy works great but when I boot without it I don't have any of the options I had before.

For example, now it boots right into XP (I dual boot with XP) with no delay or option to pick an operating system. I have to put the floppy to go into LInux now.

I can find a sample boot file and change my lilo.config file but I was wondering if Mandrake has a utility that would recreate it. The older versions used to let you do this. I tried to boot off the first cd and go into rescue and recreate the boot file but it didn't change the file.

I wonder if I booted off the first cd and did an update and not change anything, could I make a boot file without it changing anything. I had a lot of trouble installing my wireless card and would hate to do that again.
It's not really a big deal I can still use my floppy to get into Mandrake.
Thanks
 
Old 12-06-2004, 01:30 AM   #2
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have you run lilo ?

-- so you're saying that by creating a boot disk, mandrake removed lilo from the mbr and defaulted back to windows? not that i've run mandrake, or used that util to create a boot disk, but that sounds screwy....

lilo is the command you seek for 'recreating'. -- it has options based upon where you want to install, try man lilo for more
 
Old 12-06-2004, 02:07 AM   #3
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I was just wondering if there was a utility that set up the boot disk for you.

I went into Mandrake Control Center and make a new boot disk. It put everything on the floppy ok, but it change the boot record on the hard drive. It doesn't wait to give me an option to choose from or and option of the operating system.

From what I understand, if you edit the lilo.config file then I need to run lilo from command prompt in super user mode to make the changes take. I just didn't want to enter everything by hand when Mandrake can do for me. There should be a very simple way.

Thanks Charlie
 
Old 12-06-2004, 12:05 PM   #4
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so by making a boot disk, it not only wiped lilo off the system, but also emptied lilo.conf... that really doesn't sound right...

what's wrong with the floppy's conf file that you can't use it?
 
Old 12-06-2004, 07:34 PM   #5
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Okay,
When I made a boot disk in Mandrake Control Center it took my current configuration and put it on the floppy. The floppy works fine. I have all the options and the default time to pick an OS.
The problem is that after putting the boot information it changed the boot up configuration from the hard disk.
Now, when I boot from hard disk(no floppy) I have no option to pick an OS. It comes up in XP with no options to pick an OS or any delay.
I could find an sample boot file and copy the information but I thought there must be some way in mandrake to automate the process.
I have manually added some information and ran lilo. Now it waits for me to choose an OS. But I have lost the option to choose the "nonfld" option.
I can live with what I have but thought there must be some way to automate it and put all the options I had origionally.
With Mandrake you used to be able to create a boot disk without changing the origional boot set up.
Anyway, I can make it work this way but I'm puzzled at what happend and was wondering if there was an easy way to fix it .
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