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Old 11-02-2004, 06:34 PM   #1
Registered: Sep 2002
Distribution: FreeBSD
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Can't Boot off of either RAID drive HELP!!

In my process of making sure my RAID 1 was redundant and being able to boot up off both drives in case of one failing I ended up loosing the ability to boot both of them. I'm currently running SuSE 9.1 and can get in to rescue mode, stop the RAID, and then proceed to mount /dev/hda1. This shows all my data and everything is intact. I then try to get LILO to work using this command:

lilo -C /mnt/etc/lilo.conf

The error I get is:

Fatal: can't put the boot sector on logical partition 0x102

Here is my lilo.conf file:

menu-scheme = Wb:kw:Wb:Wb
default = Linux
timeout = 80
boot = /dev/hda

image = /boot/vmlinuz
###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: linux###
label = LinuxHDA
initrd = /boot/initrd
root = /dev/md0
append = "resume=/dev/hda2 splash=silent acpi=off desktop"
vga = 0x311

image = /boot/vmlinuz
###Don't change this comment - YaST2 identifier: Original name: failsafe###
label = Failsafe
initrd = /boot/initrd
root = /dev/md0
append = "ide=nodma apm=off acpi=off vga=normal noresume nosmp noapic maxcpus=0 3"

My Partition is 145GB and is mounted on / with type FD RAID AutoDetect

What actions should I take in order to get LILO installed correctly and this drive up and booting? By the way I also get the L 99 99 99 codes when I try and boot off this drive. Something isn't being written correctly to the MBR. What advice can you guys give?


Last edited by rootking; 11-02-2004 at 07:18 PM.
Old 11-03-2004, 08:23 AM   #2
Registered: May 2004
Location: Romania; Arad
Distribution: Archlinux
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Lilo cannot be installed on a logical Partition because a logical partition cannot have a boot sector. My advice for you is to install lilo on the Master Boot Record of your harddrive. In case of multiple harddisks you should install lilo on the MBR of your booting harddisk. You can find out which is your b ooting harddrive by checking your BIOS setting. Depending on your BIOS type there should be something like "Boot Sequence: {infomration here}" or something similar. If you like you may change this so that your computer may boot from the drive you installed SUSE. After this it is only a matter of installing lilo on the MBR of this drive. It's better than installing it on a boot sector. And another thing: try installing GRUB. I personally prefer lilo also but I know that SUSE uses GRUB by default.


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