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Old 04-20-2004, 01:12 AM   #1
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Question Having problens with lilo, up2date and package dependancies

Hi all

I am a complete and utter newbie to Linux and would apreiciate some help on the following issues. Please also keep in mind that I know hardly anything about the command line however I am pretty fluent in using the KDE and Gnome GUIs.

My first problem is wth LILO. when I first installed Red Hat 7.1 I was unsure of where to put LILO and stupidly put it on the first sector of my Linux drive (hdb1) instad of in the MBR of my win 98 drive (hda1). I then reinstalled LILO from KDE and put it in the MBR, however, when I tried to boot to windows, all I got was the LILO prompt saying unexpected EOF. (I could still boot to linux if I typed linux). My question now is:- how do I fix this problem so that I can boot to wnidows?

My second problem is with the Red Hat up2date feature. It gets to the stage where I select the packages I want to install, and then proceeds to check them and resolve RPM issues however this simply hags the program. Why is it doing this and how can it be resolved?

My third problem is to do with package dependancies. I would like to update my versions of Mozilla and Netscape but cannot due to the fact that I dont have the GLIB 2.2.2, GLIBC 2.2.2 and RPMLib(partialhandlinksets) (4. somthing or other). The GLIB packages are easy to obtain, however my problem is the RPMLib file. I cannot find it for want of looking. Could someone please point me to where I can find it or email it to me. (I will give my address upon request).

Thankyou in advance to anyone who can help.

Old 04-20-2004, 02:21 AM   #2
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get rid of up2date and install apt + (synaptic=gui for apt) and configure it after
Old 04-20-2004, 02:43 AM   #3
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1. To restore Windows, boot from a Windows floppy, then type this command at the C:\ prompt: fdisk /mbr
That is an "undocumented" feature in fdisk that will put the MBR into a Windows-friendly state. Note that you will need to reinstall lilo in order to set up your machine as a dual boot.

2. Are you sure the process dies? Maybe it's just your machine - if you've got a large number of packages to deal with and your PC is fairly modest, it may take a pretty long time before you see any progress.

3. RH v7.1 is really very old at this stage. Have you considered installing a more recent version, such as RH v9? One good central source for many of the popular distros including RH is

Good luck with the project. -- J.W.
Old 04-20-2004, 05:08 PM   #4
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apt? What is this and how do I go about obtaining and installing it


p.s I would install RH 9 but i dont have the cds and don't really want to d/l all 3 over a 56k dialup modem. Is there any way I can get a smaller 'upgrade' package or the like?

also, the fdisk /mbr function didnt work. now all i get i a promt saying LO and the machine freezes.

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