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Old 03-03-2010, 10:29 AM   #1
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Smile "BOOTMGR missing".Can't boot other OS (NEWBIE)

Guys, Im not sure if this it is in bad taste to post the same "thread" in two separate forums (Slack/SlackInstall). If so, please let me know and I will refrain from doing this. However, I simply noticed the "SlackIntall" forum gets much fewer hits.

Issue: I recently dual installed Slack (alongside Vista). I get the Slackware screen, with a choice to boot "windows" or "slackware". If I choose

Slackware: it boots! (very excited)
Windows : "BOOTMGR missing, please restart"

It was suggested that I post both the /etc/lilo.conf and fdisk -l which I have done below.

Things I have tried: It was suggested that perhaps the boot flags were misappropriated, so I moved the flag (using gparted) from /sda3 to /sda2 however this didn't work.

# LILO configuration file
# generated by 'liloconfig'
# Start LILO global section
# Append any additional kernel parameters:
append=" vt.default_utf8=0"
boot = /dev/sda

# Boot BMP Image.
# Bitmap in BMP format: 640x480x8
  bitmap = /boot/slack.bmp
# Menu colors (foreground, background, shadow, highlighted
# foreground, highlighted background, highlighted shadow):
  bmp-colors = 255,0,255,0,255,0
# Location of the option table: location x, location y, number of
# columns, lines per column (max 15), "spill" (this is how many
# entries must be in the first column before the next begins to
# be used.  We don't specify it here, as there's just one column.
  bmp-table = 60,6,1,16
# Timer location x, timer location y, foreground color,
# background color, shadow color.
  bmp-timer = 65,27,0,255

# Standard menu.
# Or, you can comment out the bitmap menu above and 
# use a boot message with the standard menu:
#message = /boot/boot_message.txt

# Wait until the timeout to boot (if commented out, boot the
# first entry immediately):
# Timeout before the first entry boots.
# This is given in tenths of a second, so 600 for every minute:
timeout = 1200
# Override dangerous defaults that rewrite the partition table:
# VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x256
vga = 773
# Normal VGA console
# vga = normal
# VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x64k
# vga=791
# VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x32k
# vga=790
# VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x256
# vga=773
# VESA framebuffer console @ 800x600x64k
# vga=788
# VESA framebuffer console @ 800x600x32k
# vga=787
# VESA framebuffer console @ 800x600x256
# vga=771
# VESA framebuffer console @ 640x480x64k
# vga=785
# VESA framebuffer console @ 640x480x32k
# vga=784
# VESA framebuffer console @ 640x480x256
# vga=769
# End LILO global section
# Windows bootable partition config begins
other = /dev/sda2
  label = Windows
  table = /dev/sda
# Windows bootable partition config ends
# Linux bootable partition config begins
image = /boot/vmlinuz
  root = /dev/sda5
  label = Linux 

# Linux bootable partition config ends
and the results of fdisk -l
Disk /dev/sda: 160.0 GB, 160041885696 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19457 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xe3641cf3

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1               1           5       40131   de  Dell Utility
/dev/sda2               6        1918    15360000    7  HPFS/NTFS
Partition 2 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sda3   *        1918       14303    99481610    7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda4           14304       19457    41399505    5  Extended
/dev/sda5           14304       19240    39656421   83  Linux
/dev/sda6           19241       19457     1743021   82  Linux swap
Old 03-03-2010, 10:49 AM   #2
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I don't know about "bad taste", but it is against the rules. Reported for closure
Old 03-03-2010, 10:54 AM   #3
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Okay, just figured since this was a post-install issue perhaps that was the reason my thread in the "install" section was not responded to as much. Sorry for the inconvenience.
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