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LILO - What a fix?

Posted 05-24-2009 at 03:14 PM by sjampoo
Updated 05-24-2009 at 05:42 PM by sjampoo

Since I still want LILO to get onto my MBR, booted aLive-cd(Ubuntu), mounted /dev/sda2 to /home/slack and did a man lilo in /home/slack/sbin

There the option/error that I got during installation is mentioned under the -P section: Something about partition table and wrong values or..

Should do a /sbin/lilo -P ignore as far as I understand?

ubuntu@ubuntu:~/slack/sbin$ lilo -P ignore
Fatal: Cannot open: /etc/lilo.conf
ubuntu@ubuntu:~/slack/sbin$ pwd
ubuntu@ubuntu:~/slack/sbin$ lilo -P ignore -C /home/ubuntu/slack/etc/lilo.conf
Fatal: open /dev/sda: Permission denied
damnit.. sudo then?

ubuntu@ubuntu:~/slack/sbin$ sudo lilo -P ignore -C /home/ubuntu/slack/etc/lilo.conf
Fatal: Trying to map files from unnamed device 0x0012 (NFS/RAID mirror down ?)
damnit.. what now?
cd to ~/slack/etc
read the man lilo a bit more.. and wait: I do have to specify I want lilo to be in the MBR...

-M didn't do the trick: which device? An../dev/sda

ubuntu@ubuntu:~/slack/etc$ sudo lilo -C /home/ubuntu/slack/etc/ -P ignore -M /dev/sda
Backup copy of /dev/sda in /boot/boot.0800
The Master Boot Record of /dev/sda has been updated.
Now, for a reboot, see what happens..

I did notice via a ' cat lilo.conf ' that there were changes made by the setup of slackware, so it's just the writing of the mbr that failed.

This ( see below) does look like a list adopted to my machine: sda1 = vista, sda2 = slackware sda3 = swap.
# Windows bootable partition config begins
other = /dev/sda1
label = Windows
table = /dev/sda
# Windows bootable partition config ends
# Linux bootable partition config begins
image = /boot/vmlinuz
root = /dev/sda2
label = Linux
# Linux bootable partition config ends
gave it a try. Nope.. damnit.. Windows Vista again.
Will try the FIX option,. which may just f*ck up all partitions.. but hey.. I got to take some risk don't I ?
(besides: what's there to lose? an almost clean vista + office 07 installation without major adjustment or changes )

Damnit. still nothing. Again Vista.. found something, somewhere that could be an option, but since there just the command, no explanation, I will 'man' it up ( booting to my ubuntu-live cd ones more!)
lilo -r /newroot ?

Stupid me.
boot with slackware-dvd
at boot: hugesmp.s /dev/sda1 initrc thingy =ro and voila: slackware boot from hdd.
sbin/Lilo -> error
-P ignore-> some output + error + added windows/linux (must be okay!)
-P fix -> some output + error + added windows/linux

lets test: Yes.! Works.

Now to get KDE to go 1280x1024 instead of 1024x786
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