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Old 11-18-2003, 08:08 AM   #1
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LILO Probs

Hello. I have one harddrive, and 2 partitions. Slackware is on hda1 and windws is on hda2. I want lilo to be my bootloader. When I installed slackware, i also installed lilo to the superblock. I can boot to windows (it does it automatically), and I can boot to slack also, but I need a bootdisk to do it.

How do I 'enable' lilo so it is my bootloader. Right now win2k is thus not allowing an option to boot to linux.

Like I said, it appears everything is set to go, I just need to 'enable' lilo somehow. Thanks in advance!
Old 11-18-2003, 08:45 AM   #2
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If lilo is installed to the bootsector of your Linux partition...
Use 'dd' to copy it to a file:
dd if=/dev/hda1 of=/lilo.b bs=512 count=1
Copy this 'lilo.b' file to your Win2k (via floppy if you use NTFS) partition. Then add an entry in your 'C:\boot.ini' :
C:\lilo.b = "Slackware Linux"
This will use the Win2k bootloader to dual boot

Or, you can install lilo to the mbr:
You might be able to use the 'liloconfig' tool for this.
If not, edit your /etc/lilo.conf, changing the line 'boot=/dev/hda1' to 'boot=/dev/hda'. Then run 'lilo' to apply the changes.

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Old 11-18-2003, 09:20 AM   #3
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Thanks for the info aaa. I did try conpying the boot sector to a floppy a few days ago, but everytime I booted back into win2k, it showed the floppy as being empty. It didn't say it was unreadable, needed to be formatted, or any errors. It just appeared as the disk was empty. You know why this would have happened?

PS. I did have it set to show all hidden files and folders, incase that was the prob, but apparently it wasn't.
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Did you mount the floppy before writing the file?
Old 11-18-2003, 12:09 PM   #5
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Actually guys...I'm almost done. I did what you recommended aaa, and it seemsed to work so now windows is controlling the boot.

One error now, is that after I choose to boot to linux (from windows boot loader) it takes me to a linux screen, and LILO popups up. so now they both are working. How can I uninstall LILO so that just windows is controlling the boot.

As now, I have to select linux from windwos boot, then select linux again from LILO just to boot to linux. Thanks!
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afaik windows bootloader can't load the linux kernel directly so it can't be done, but you can achieve a similar effect by setting "delay = 0" in lilo.conf, you'll need to run the lilo command as well as extracting the bootsector with dd again.
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well, whatever I'm doing, it is using windows to give me the option to boot to linux or windows. Maybe I just used the wrong terms in my previous post.


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