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Old 02-08-2005, 01:16 AM   #1
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Question Disable LILO

I have win98se and Mandrake linux which loads LILO at startup for dual booting. Is there any way to disable lilo so i can format C: Drive (win98se) and install win2000 and then enable lilo to dual boot mandrake with 2000. do i have to create a boot disk or something.

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In linux, /sbin/lilo -u
In dos, format /mbr
Old 02-08-2005, 02:06 AM   #3
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Use the command as root



mkrescue --iso

to make either a rescue floppy or a rescue cd image. Burn the cd rescue iso image to CD and test it boots okay.

Once you have a rescue boot method, you can install 2000 on to the 98se partition and then use the rescue cd to book mandrake and then as root you can run lilo again to restore the lilo dual boot.
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Yep, you don't have to uninstall lilo: Windows installation (any of them) will take rid of it, so what you need is a backup or method to enter linux and re-install lilo afterwards. It looks like mandrake provides this in the command amosf mentioned.

Good luck...
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Actually I think there is a mkbootdisk as well, but I tend to use the mkrescue --iso and burn a CD as I don't have a floppy... if you do have a reliable floppy there is also the option of

lilo -b /dev/fd0

to back a lilo floppy, but I've just found the mkrescue --iso more reliable as the floppies often fail on me...

And the previous poster is correct. You don't have to remove lilo, windows does that quite well


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