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Old 04-07-2003, 08:31 PM   #1
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Question Lilo problem - urgent

Hi all,

Today i was upgrading my mandrake v8 box to version 9.1.
The problem was when it restarted: LILO didn't start.
"LI" is the message ... i tried to start over with a floppy disk, mount the root filesystem and access lilo.conf to check if everything was okay.
iI just have one IDE disk (hda)
Here my steps:
- mount / under <mount point>
- check <mount point>/etc/lilo.conf : okay
- but when i tried to run <mount point>/sbin/lilo -C <mount point>/etc/lilo.conf, the system keeps saying that /dev/hda doesn't exist.
I think that the only thing i need to do is:
- keep calm (my data is valuable)
- rewrite MBR on /dev/hda

or not ?
Can anyone help me doing it? Thanks ... i need some info for tomorrow and right now ... i am i little bit nervous!
Thanks in advance,
Old 04-07-2003, 10:40 PM   #2
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I have a suggestion to try. I am not confident that this will fix the problem but it should do no harm.

Try putting lba32 in your lilo.conf after boot = /dev/hda i.e.

boot = /dev/hda
Old 04-07-2003, 10:49 PM   #3
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I don't run Mandrake now-a-days myself, but if you boot the Mandrake install disk do you get any rescue options that look good?
Old 04-07-2003, 11:38 PM   #4
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maybe give us more specifics, the mount command you use, any possible problems in /etc/lilo.conf or related /etc/fstab lines...

clearing the MBR is not destructive to linux (easiest is to have a dos boot disk) and should not cause you problems...but it doesn't explain the cause of the problem or how to fix it. Seems wierd to me that an update would mess with the MBR in the first place...
Old 04-08-2003, 12:21 AM   #5
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as far as i kown your mbr is corupt
use the installation disk and boot into 'linux rescue' mode

and reinstal lilo


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