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gtxboyracer 09-17-2003 08:35 PM

LILO Issues
I just installed RH9.0
and Selected LILO as Boot Loader, But selected my Dos Partition to boot by default
How do i change this to ask which one to load instead??

Thanks, Stephen

trickykid 09-17-2003 08:38 PM

Edit your lilo.conf file in /etc and remove the default line in there.

After making the changes, run /sbin/lilo and it should write the changes made.

Then a simple reboot should do the trick.

gtxboyracer 09-17-2003 08:39 PM

How do i boot into linux tho?? i cant seem to load it at all... where can i make a boot disc, or can i use the 1st cd or what?

Skyline 09-18-2003 11:46 AM

Boot into the first Red Hat cd, and type

linux rescue

check out this site for more info:

opus 09-18-2003 01:01 PM

I'm kind of having the same problem.

I installed RH 9 from the 3 isos last night (I had a prior mandrake 9.0 install on my machine). Since I wanted to remove the mandrake install completely, I selected "Remove all linux partitions" during the install. Also, when it prompted me that GRUB would be installed by default, I changed it to LILO. Then I let the install continue until finished. I chose the Personal Desktop install. I have a couple of months experience on mandrake but other than that I'm pretty much a linux noob.

Problem is, that after the install finished and it told me to remove any CDs and floppies and reboot - well, it won't reboot (from the HD at least). It DOES reboot fine with the boot floopy I created at the end of the install.

I just wonder why it won't boot into LILO from the hard drive.

trickykid - do your answers for gtxboyracer apply to my situation also?

thanks in advance

Skyline 09-18-2003 05:59 PM

Where did you install LILO to, during the install?

opus 09-18-2003 06:37 PM

I don't know. I thought that when it created the partitions (or re-used the old ones from mandrake) that it would put LILO whereever necessary. I don't remember entering anything for that... :confused:

how can I tell now? It seems to be working ok (once I boot from the boot floppy).

Skyline 09-18-2003 07:05 PM

Boot from the floppy

open a terminal

root password

cat /etc/lilo.conf

if you scroll up to the top you'll see a line


post this line or all of your lilo.conf if you want and we'll tell you were its installed - sometimes people have peoblems if LILO is installed on a partition - its often best just to have it installed in the MBR

opus 09-18-2003 07:51 PM

oh yeah - when you mentioned MBR I remembered that was what I chose. Here's the file you asked for:


append="hdc=ide-scsi root=LABEL=/"


Skyline 09-19-2003 07:43 AM

boot=/dev/hda - yep LILO's installed in the MBR

You could try this as your entry for Windows:


To open lilo.conf up do

root password

gedit /etc/lilo.conf

After youve made the changes, save the file then as root user again type


to make the changes take effect

then make sure your BIOS is set to boot from the hard drive and try booting from it. (worth a try)

opus 09-19-2003 09:49 AM

I don't have windows on this box. I admit it formerly was a dual-boot win98 and mandrake, but when I re-installed mandrake 9.0 I had the installer re-partition over my windows. Therefor, when all was done, all I had was mandrake 9.0. Then a couple of days ago I installed RH 9 over my mandrake install and chose to "remove all linux partitions". Then after RH installed, it wouldn't boot from the HD - even though my prior mandrake did boot OK.

I'm not much on disk partitioning, so I may have not done it right during my mandrake install. I think I told it to make:


the first 3 as ext3 and the "share" as vfat (I was intending to network my win2000 box to this box).

BIOS is set for floppy first, hdd0 second, and CD third. I tried it some other ways too - originally it was CD first, floppy second and HD third. Wouldn't boot from HD either way.

r_jensen11 09-19-2003 08:20 PM

swap should be Linux swap(hex code no. 82)

Are you getting any errors? Or is it just hanging without anything loaded/ing? Do you have a boot disk to get into Linux? If you do, maybe you have to reinstall LILO....:scratch:

opus 09-19-2003 08:46 PM

thanks r_jensen. Yes I made a boot floppy during the install process. That boots OK. In fact, thats the only way I can get into rh linux.

That actual error I am getting when trying to boot from hard drive is:

Boot from ATAPI CD-ROM: Failure

Like I said, if I put in the boot floppy and re-boot, I get into my system fine, and everything seems to work great.


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