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i have been reading that for a multiboot Linux/Windows, (say windows is installed first). When installing Linux it's supposed to ask you either you want to install Lilo or grub but backtrack (installatioin from live-cd) doesn't ask me nothing.
Does this mean there is no way of installing Backtrack and windows for multiboot ?????
No, what this does is add another item to the lilo menu. When you boot the PC, you be able to select which OS to start into. You can select the OS to boot by moving up and down through the menu withthe arrow keys, or by typing the label text (e.g. windows) and pressing enter.
So you don't even get a menu for the 2 second timeout period you've set (20 tenths of a second)? Did you re-run the lilo command after modifying /etc/lilo.conf so the boot record could be updated?
Here's what I thought your /etc/lilo.conf file would look like (you might need to modify the root entry). I've also changed the mount mode to read-only so that any file system checks can be run. Usually the boot process changes this to read-write, I'm assuming that backtrack will also:
boot = /dev/hda
timeout = 20
bitmap = /boot/splash.bmp
#change-rules <= This is for changing partition-type numbers
#reset <= This goes with the change-rules command
vga = normal
image = /boot/vmlinuz
root = /dev/hda9 <= Change this to your root partition
label = slax
other = /dev/hda2
label = windows
table = /dev/hda
Try running lilo as root and see if that works. The suggested changes are only for the case where it doesn't work (if it ain't broke... ). What I was saying in the suggested config was that using root = current might be a cause of problems if your version of lilo wasn't using it properly.