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Old 03-28-2012, 11:35 PM   #1
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LILO not starting dual boot

I have an older PC that I've been running the Win8 preview on and decided to add another drive so I could test out some other Linux OSes. I installed Vector Linux 7 and set LILO to boot from sda1 (the master drive) but now nothing happens. I turn on the PC and it just gets to a blinking cursor and no further.
It's always been my understanding that the primary master drive is where you should save it to. Is that not right?
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Notice the boot below;
# LILO configuration file
# generated by 'liloconfig'
# Start LILO global section
# Append any additional kernel parameters:
append="noapic vt.default_utf8=0"
boot = /dev/sda
# Boot BMP Image.
If you are chain loading then the partition could be used for another loader on your drive(sda1) assuming you wrote to the 'MBR' with a bootloader on '/dev/sda'.

I suggest that you do a 'man lilo' & 'man lilo.conf'. Your stanza information for each image will define the device parameters.
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Adding a new drive may have resulted in the BIOS changing the boot order. Try using the QUICK Boot menu and select different partitions. I had an old HP desktop were which drive was hd0 changed after boot than what grub considered hd0 during the initial boot. This made it impossible to update grub. The solution was to edit the /boot/ file so the correct drive's MBR would be updated.


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