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Old 02-04-2003, 05:38 PM   #1
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Hmm my Lilo won't umm Load please!

ok I had a bunch of linux errors, and people responded and said I should use Lilo. So I switch to Lilo and LO AND BEHOLD. Nada, it doesn't hang or anything, but it just boots windows XP like my computer normally does, it doesn't even show up! windows just boots!

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All help will be appreciated
Old 02-04-2003, 06:20 PM   #2
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you need to use a boot disk to boot to linux side. run fdisk, and make sure the "bootable" flag is toggled for you linux partition.

another easy solution is to download bootitng on your windows side. you can get it from

bootitng provides a lot of neat tools for configuring your partitions, and it has an easy to use gui. one problem: it is shareware so you have to get linux working, with lilo, in 30 days, and then uninstall bootitng.

good luck,
Old 02-04-2003, 06:37 PM   #3
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I pulled up your original post--let me first address some of the questions there and then we'll get to this.

1. How many partitions? You got some pretty good answers; Red Hat will insist on at least a / partition and a swap partition. Beyond that is up to you. For right now, let Red Hat set it up as it wants.

2. Both Windows and Linux will fit comfortably in 5 GB partitions; anything beyond that is gravy.

3. Boot disk required. The two warnings are loosely connected. The "constraints for your architecture," you don't need to worry about. This refers to computer that are mostly over six years old. The BIOS of those computers wouldn't boot anything beyond cyliner 1024--you'll hear this referred to as the 1024 limit. Modern computers don't have these limitations. If your BIOS can handle XP and a 120 GB hard drive, this warning you can ignore.

What you cannot ignore is making a boot disk. Alway have a current boot disk for each operating system--you will need them.

4. Error 28. In you Linux documentation, you will find instruction on how to access the other consoles during problems. What was causing this error would have been there.

Okay, where you are at today. You can only boot Red Hat from a disk and it just goes to a Command Line Interface (CLI).

Your problem is probably your Nvidia GeForce card. Read this:

Best bet is to reinstall Red Hat and tell it you have a GeForce 2 card.

For the boot loader, Red Hat's default is to put Grub in the Master Boot Record. This is the easiest thing to do and it usually works. To make sure that Grub recognizes your XP partition, you need to name that partition when you are in Disk Druid--select it and make sure it says "Windows XP" or something like that. You will also see it when Grub is asking which should be the default operating system.

If Grub doesn't install, try LILO in the MBR.

The reason you aren't able to boot into Linux from your hard drive is probably because you put the boot loader at the beginning of the Linux partition. It only goes there if you are going to use the Windows boot loader or boot from a floppy.

Finally, here is a nice fact sheet from Red Hat on dual booting:

Good luck
Old 02-04-2003, 09:54 PM   #4
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WOW thanks for the help, but I have a Geforce 4 TI 4600 not a lame (sorry) MX card and if I list it as a geforce 2 then its gonna be all weird.

Oh plus, which linux doc is this?

And a last and FINAL question, why is linux 5 disks? I only need 2 to install it (is there somehting wrong)

Old 02-04-2003, 10:55 PM   #5
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There are some additional programs (mostly server daemons) on disk 3.

Disk 4 & 5 are source rpms. Pretty much coasters unless you are into tweaking source code.
Old 02-05-2003, 03:08 PM   #6
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add prompt to lilo.conf to make it ask, or else it will auto-boot the default. And add a timedelay.


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