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Old 08-31-2003, 02:48 PM   #1
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Unhappy Linux floppy book error HELLP!!!!! :(


This is simmilar to other posts BUT very DIFRENT!!

I have just installed Linux (mandrake 9.1) and selected to but bootloader on a floppy, thinking then I would just book windows 98 without it, BUT when the floppy is not in during startup I get a message: LILO - Keytable read/cheksum ERROR. It then sits there looking expectant. With the floppy in it loads the mandrake bootloader and I can acces windows & Linux no problem. I have had a good look and can't find anything that relates directly to this problem, just some very weird posts.

Plezze help, I can't cope if I loose/whipe accidently the floppy!! I am being VERY carful with it as it is the only way to boot ANYTHING!!!

Old 08-31-2003, 02:56 PM   #2
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btw at one stage I got L 99 99 99 etc. what does this mean in simple terms??
Old 08-31-2003, 03:17 PM   #3
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I suggest you install Lilo into the Master Book Record of your first hard disk drive.

Boot into Linux and login. You may need to edit /etc/lilo.conf (the Lilo configuration file).
Then open a console window and, at the command line, type:
su -
Old 08-31-2003, 03:26 PM   #4
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make sure that in your lilo.conf file under univeral options it says,


this controls where lilo is installed when you do what mathieu suggested.
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To repair the hard drive master boot record (mbr) just use a win 98 emerbency boot floppy and run:

fdisk /mbr

Win 98 should now boot normally. No worries, you can boot the 1st install cd to rescue mode and create a boot floppy or make repairs in case you screw something up. The command to create rescue boot floppy is mkbootdisk.
See man mkbootdisk for info.

Do you want the bootloader i.e. lilo installed on the mbr or just use a boot floppy disk to boot linux?


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