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Old 11-03-2004, 02:27 AM   #1
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multi boot problem

hmmmm. i was running mandrake 10 & win98se as a dual boot & was working very well.. i installed winxp pro as a multi boot on a dif win partition.. it knocked the linux boot manager (lilo ?) out so i can't get back.. i have a mandrake live cd too.. how can i put the linux boot manager back..?? is there a repair option or something..????
Old 11-03-2004, 02:39 AM   #2
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Don't worry! It's not hard to get it back. Do you know if your boot manager was lilo, or grub? If you don't know, it's probably the default that was installed with your mandrake install.

Post your answer, and I'll get back to you. BTW, that linux live cd will save you azz
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You could use the rescue option of the first boot disk, or the live disk you mentioned.

With the install disk rescue option there is a menu option to mount your system under boot. Select this option.
Next cd to the /mnt directory and make it your new root.
'cd /mnt'
'chroot /mnt'
'bash -l'

Be sure to to watch the output of the lilo command. Each section (stanza) is printed out. If there is an error, the MBR will not be updated.

If there is a problem, you can create a lilo boot floppy which will allow you to boot up to linux from a floppy disk.
Edit the boot= line of /etc/lilo.conf so that it contains 'boot=/dev/fd0'.
mount a floppy in the drive and execute '/sbin/lilo' again.

Sometimes there will be a problem with trying to get the MBR updated with XP and the NTFS drive. If so, you can google for 'Lilo NTLDR boot howto' for a number of HowTo's on how to setup the XP's NTLDR.exe program to boot linux.
Old 11-03-2004, 07:38 AM   #4
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multi boot problem

wow, you guys are great... your ideaas worked very well.. i'm up & running all 3 OS'es..
thanks again
Old 11-03-2004, 10:00 AM   #5
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I'm having a similar problem only it's with Red Hat 9 and I've only installed XP, how similar is the procedure to sort this problem out ?


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