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Old 01-09-2005, 10:51 PM   #1
bigoli
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LILO problem with booting


When my system boots and the prompt 'LILO' (I can't remember if there should be a colon or not) appears, I cannot make my choice for system boots(Win95, linux, Caldera). The computer waits for about 5 seconds and then boots Win95, the first selection in my lilo.conf file. The system does not respond when I press the TAB key.
I have run and re-run /sbin/lilo, and each time the output is the same:

Added Win95
Added linux
Added Caldera

My lilo.conf file is located in my linux partition, hda2. Since I can't boot either linux or Caldera, I'm using Tom's Root/Boot disk to boot my computer and run the /sbin/lilo command.
It's been so long since I ran lilo(The computer ran fine until recently), I must be forgetting something. Any ideas?

James Oliver
 
Old 01-09-2005, 11:57 PM   #2
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can we see your lilo.conf file? (minus any passwords)
 
Old 01-10-2005, 12:11 AM   #3
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I think you need to type the name of the "choice" at the lilo prompt. I think you are not using any graphical lilo. (And I think there is a colon after the prompt)

So, if you want to boot Caldera...try typing Caldera and press enter.

LILO: Caldera [RETURN KEY]

This might work out....If this is not working, please post the contents of your lilo.conf

Regards,
Satish.
 
Old 01-10-2005, 08:46 AM   #4
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Here's my lilo.conf file.

# LILO configuration file
# generated by 'liloconfig'
#
#Start LILO global section
append="cdu31a=0x300,0"
boot = /dev/hda
#compact # faster, but won't work on all systems
delay = 50
vga = normal # force sane state
# ramdisk = 0 # paranoia setting
# End LILO global section
# DOS bootable partition config begins
other = /dev/hda1
label = win95
table = /dev/hda
# DOS bootable partition config ends
# Linux bootable partition config begins
image = /vmlinuz
label = linux
read-only
# Linux bootable partition config ends
# Linux bootable partition config begins
image = /vmlinuz-2.0.35
label = caldera
read-only
# Linux bootable partition config ends

I hope this helps.

By the way, how does one copy a file into this message rather than typing it as I did here?

James Oliver
 
Old 01-10-2005, 09:28 AM   #5
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hi there,

exchange
--------
delay = 50
--------

for

-------
prompt
delay = 300
--------

btw.: use copy and paste to copy files here. ( use your mouse....)

egag

Last edited by egag; 01-10-2005 at 09:30 AM.
 
Old 01-10-2005, 02:36 PM   #6
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Talking

egag, nosaku, and cythrawll:

Thanks for all your help. I added 'prompt' and changed 'delay' to 300 as per the suggestion of egag and, Presto, it worked!

James Oliver
 
  


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