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Old 07-28-2005, 10:02 AM   #1
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Error loading operating system message with LILO

Hi there i'm a relative newbie and have been playing around with mandrake before. I thought i would reinstall it on a seperate drive after a year. FOr some reason, the computer doesnt boot after the install (which completes with no errors) .... intially i got LI 01 01 etc.... but found that it was because the IDE channel for the HD on which the linux partition was installed was disabled (silly me) having changed it to autodetect the HD, the system now gives an error saying "error loading operating system"....

i have purchased a DVD-RW in between the two installations and the IDE configuration is as follows:

Primary : Master : 30Gb HD with WinXP
Slave: DVD-ROM

Secondary : Master: DVD-RW
Slave: 20 Gb HD on which Linux is installed

Could it be the configuration of theses drives? I need to have the two DVD drives on different channels as windows (whispers) XP says its faster when copying discs on-th-fly..... does any one have any ideas? I dont have "grub" but i'm told its less happy dual booting into XP so i havent tried.

By the way, i selected the "save to MBR" option as everyone suggests in the forum.....

ANy help would be greatly appreciated.... i'm itching for linux.....
Old 07-29-2005, 08:21 PM   #2
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If that IDE channel was disabled during the install, I'd probably try reinstalling. A bit of a pain, but at this point, there's not much to be lost. Just my $.02.


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