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Old 06-14-2004, 09:14 PM   #1
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Exclamation LILO - again

When I try to boot, I get LILO - keytable read/checksum error and then I get no further. Any advice?
Old 06-15-2004, 03:53 AM   #2
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Did you try reinstalling WIN/MSDOS or something? If so, then you might try booting with MSDOS on a floppy (like a Windows 98 recovery floppy that doesn't actually boot Windows -- not that it could, but I don't know what you have either) and make sure you have the FDISK.EXE file so that you can run it. Just type in "FDISK /MBR" and hit return and you'll instantly be brought back to the MSDOS command prompt but your master boot record on the primary hard drive will be fixed (for DOS anyway)! That seems to be where LILO resides and that little procedure will wipe it out. Afterwards, you should be able to boot with assistance using a CD/Floppy to Linux (whatever distro) or DOS/Win without LILO on the hard drive getting in the way. You likely won't be able to boot to your Linux OS from the hard drive but you will not lose anything either -- at worst, you will always have to boot the Linux OS with a floppy or CD after doing this. That also means if you want to boot off the hard drive you will have to reinstall your OS loader like LILO, Boot Magic, etc. (for most distros I've seen this isn't a big deal). Something similar to this happened to me after I installed an old Mandrake distro and then decided to use the hard drive on another machine that had to run Windows (MSDOS). I FDISK'd and formatted it OK but it simply wouldn't boot no matter what I tried cause the LILO "ghost" kept interferring. Somewhere I read about this and Microsoft does document it but it's NOT easy to find. Once I typed in "FDISK /MBR" from an MSDOS prompt everything worked fine and LILO was history. Hopefully, that helps...
Old 06-15-2004, 08:50 PM   #3
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LILO is on the superblock of the root directory, not the MBR. This hardrive is brand new, never had anything but LILO on it and I could never get it to properly load on the MBR. This never caused a problem on the machine it was in before, but suddenly now it does. Could it be a hardware issue?


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