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Old 08-04-2008, 09:09 AM   #1
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lilo can't started


when i start computer only first three letter of lilo word "lil-"desplyed and boot process stop any body can said to me how i can solve this problem
Old 08-05-2008, 03:05 AM   #2
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From this short description You gave I assume that Lilo is damaged but from this short info I can't figure out what is wrong some more details would be useful.

1) Was Lilo working before this OK ?
2) If yes did You install any new system, swapped or added/removed disks, modified partitions ?
Old 08-05-2008, 07:13 AM   #3
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thank you for your answer

i get image from hard disc by acronis software but lilo cant started in new hard(backup hard)and stop booting after the letter"lil-"appear i only get backup from hard disc and dont do any ting more
i havent any problem with orginal(old) hard

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Old 08-05-2008, 09:19 AM   #4
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If I understand you correctly, you restored a partition using Acronis True Image from a previously made image file and afterwards lilo stopped working.

That frequently happens when using imaging software like acronis or partimage when you have lilo as the bootloader. To get lilo working again, you need to reinstall lilo using a livecd like slax:

Boot from the slax cd and login as root. Determine the mountpoint for the partition that your linux installation is on, say for example you installed linux on sda1 and the mountpoint in slax for sda1 is /mnt/sda1. Then open a console and run:

# chroot /mnt/sda1
# lilo -v
# exit

When you run lilo -v, you should see the output that indicates lilo was successfully rewritten to the mbr.
Reboot without the slax livecd and see if that fixes your lilo problem.
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Just an FYI on the meaning of the LIL- message. This is from the README file installed with LILO in
/etc/share/docs/lilo-<version>/ or /etc/share/docs/packages/lilo/ depending on your distro:
When LILO loads itself, it displays the word "LILO". Each letter is printed 
before or after performing some specific action. If LILO fails at some 
point, the letters printed so far can be used to identify the problem. This 
is described in more detail in the technical overview.

Note that some hex digits may be inserted after the first "L" if a 
transient disk problem occurs. Unless LILO stops at that point, generating 
an endless stream of error codes, such hex digits do not indicate a severe 

  (<nothing>)  No part of LILO has been loaded. LILO either isn't installed 
    or the partition on which its boot sector is located isn't active. 
   L <error> ...   The first stage boot loader has been loaded and started, 
    but it can't load the second stage boot loader. The two-digit error 
    codes indicate the type of problem. (See also section "Disk error 
    codes".) This condition usually indicates a media failure or a geometry 
    mismatch (e.g. bad disk parameters, see section "Disk geometry"). 
   LI   The first stage boot loader was able to load the second stage boot 
    loader, but has failed to execute it. This can either be caused by a 
    geometry mismatch or by moving /boot/boot.b without running the map 
   LIL   The second stage boot loader has been started, but it can't load 
    the descriptor table from the map file. This is typically caused by a 
    media failure or by a geometry mismatch. 
   LIL?   The second stage boot loader has been loaded at an incorrect 
    address. This is typically caused by a subtle geometry mismatch or by 
    moving /boot/boot.b without running the map installer. 
   LIL-   The descriptor table is corrupt. This can either be caused by a 
    geometry mismatch or by moving /boot/map without running the map 
   LILO   All parts of LILO have been successfully loaded.


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