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Mike32940 02-07-2003 08:17 PM

Can boot from floppy, would like to boot from Hard Drive
I've installed xosl to act as a boot manager and in the process my new redhat linux 8 installation will now only boot off of the floppy. Presumably I've wiped Grub from the MBR.

I've tried searching for a solution and come up with installing LILO to the root of the boot partition (/dev/hda5) but I can't find out how to do it.

Any suggestions on where to go from here would be appreciated!


aliensub 02-07-2003 08:49 PM

If you don't want to wipe your xosl manager, you should edit the /etc/lilo.conf, and add / edit this line to:


Remember to run lilo afterwards:

Otherwise, if you want lilo to be the main boot manager, you edit the same line, but to:

And again remember to run lilo, if you forget, it can't boot

Mike32940 02-07-2003 08:59 PM

Thanks for the reply and I understand what your suggesting. However I don't have a /etc/lilo.conf file - presumably because it installed Grub as the boot manager. Can I just create a lilo.conf or do I need to install something as well? If I just create the file then what else needs to be in it?

First day running linux and I'm keen to learn!


aliensub 02-07-2003 10:36 PM

You need to install lilo to use it, but isn't grub good enough for you? Don't know anything about grub, maybe check some how-tos on or something.
What distro are you using?

Mike32940 02-07-2003 11:59 PM

I'm using the latest Redhat release, 8.0. It defaults to Grub during the standard install. I guess it would be ok to stick with Grub if I could work out how to set it up to work from the linux root partition so I could use xosl to chain to grub. I need xosl as the machine's primary use is for windows 2000 until I get up to speed with Linux.

All the posts I could find started from the assumption that you had LILO installed. I was looking for information on how to install LILO.

Remember I'm a complete newbie and know nothing. I just did my first install this afternoon. I'm trying to get a machine with a clean install so I can use it to learn Linux. I'm 99% there, if I could just get it to boot from the hard drive and I think I could get that working if I could find out how to install LILO. Is there an easy way to add LILO to an existing install?


Mike32940 02-08-2003 12:43 PM

Reinstalled with LILO and everything OK

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