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Old 11-20-2006, 11:32 PM   #1
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LILO dual boot with DS and win98

I have installed win98 and damn small linux on an old laptop. When i did the hd install of DSL i chose LILO for a boot loader. Now when i boot i get both options but the win98 option doesnt do anything the laptop hangs. Is this a lilo.conf thing? i havent looked at it yet but wondered if anyone had any thoughts. Is it possible for me to change to grub now that i already used lilo?
Old 11-21-2006, 08:13 AM   #2
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Try repairing the LILO installation by booting DSL and typing, as root, liloconfig. Use the Simple mode, rather than Expert. See where that gets you. Did you partition with a boot partition? If s it should be the first partition on your drive, called /boot. IF and ONLY IF you have a boot partition, install LILO to "Sector." Otherwise, put it on the MBR. Do you have a floppy drive? Install LILO to a floppy too, if you can , so that in the worst case scenario you can reinstall 98 to repair its loader without losing access to your DSL installation.
Old 11-21-2006, 10:30 AM   #3
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I'll try liloconfig and install to MBR (I have no boot part.) partition on hd are as follows:
hda1 Primary fat32-win98 bootable
hda3 Primary - Linux
hda5 Logical - Linux Swap

Not sure why they are numbered that way, but thats how cfdisk wrote them.

Nope no floppy drive.

Well, I am further then I was because the first dsl install stopped when i said yes to a bootloader and never asked for grub or lilo... it just went blank.

Thanks for the info


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