Lost my LILO
Ok, so it's not quite lost. Just inaccessible. LILO doesn't pop up at boot up anymore, I don't quite remember the sting of events leading to this but it no longer matters much, I tried reinstalling Mandrake hoping that would fix the problem, and it didn't. So I poked around on the message boards and found out how to edit the LILO.conf so that it would re-find where the OS are on my system. The only problem is that I can't get to Linux, I have a master HD set up with XP on it, and Mandrake on a slave. I tried several boot disks, none of which I could make work (note that I couldn't make them work, not that they don't work.) The problem that I seem to have run into is that I can not create a linux system disk off a windows file system.... makes sense, but sorta leaves me asking how then?
so I seem to be stuck. The only way to fix it seems to be to swap the master and slave HD jumpers so that I can edit lilo.conf. Which seems rediculously roundabout. how would I fix this without opening my computer up? (mostly so I know what to do next time... I'm quite certain there will be a next time with this)