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Old 10-03-2004, 02:34 PM   #1
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What's going on with LILO?


I wanted to install Linux at my computer, so I partitioned the HDD (with PowerQuest Partition Magic 8) and installed Debian. It asked to install LILO, so i did that and I added all the partitions in the menu (linux+win). But when I started the computer, it stoped after displaying LI (not LILO with al the points it normaly has). What going on, I've to fix it quick (my dad is 'a bit angry' ), but I don't know what to do. The linux that I installed on my own computer worked fine and I did everything te same way as I did now (I wanted linux on this pc too because my pc is a laptop whit a wireless card that can't work on linux ).

Old 10-03-2004, 02:41 PM   #2
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try re-installing lilo from your rescue cd...
Old 10-03-2004, 02:48 PM   #3
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you sure it didn't display anything else?

according to the man page, it prints L when it starts up, then I when it move on to the seconds part ... if any error acures it should print a hex value

see "man lilo" (its after all the command line options section)

anyways .... heres the clip
The boot process takes place in two stages. The first stage loader is
a single sector, and is loaded by the BIOS or by the loader in the MBR.
It loads the multi-sector second stage loader, but is very space lim-
ited. When the first stage loader gets control, it types the letter
"L"; when it is ready to transfer control to the second stage loader it
types the letter "I". If any error occurs, like a disk read error, it
will put out a hexadecimil error code, and then it will re-try the
operation. All hex error codes are BIOS return values, except for the
lilo-generated 40, 99 and 9A. A partial list of error codes follows:

00 no error
01 invalid disk command
02 address mark not found
03 disk write-protected
04 sector not found
06 floppy disk removed
08 DMA overrun
0A bad sector flag
0B bad track flag
20 controller failure
40 seek failure (BIOS)
40 cylinder>1023 (LILO)
99 invalid second stage index sector (LILO)
9A no second stage loader signature (LILO)
AA drive not ready
FF sense operation failed
i say maybe go look thru that config file for any mistakes ...
Old 10-03-2004, 03:37 PM   #4
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Thanks for help but...

I tried to reinstall debian (and LILO) twice.
At the third time I didn't activate a active partition but I wanted to make new partitions, so I did that with the Debian installer. But it gave an error that my parition table was corrupt: The first partition didn't stop at the and of the disk and I had to make a new table. Or something like that.
A found out too that I, when I use knoppix, I can acces my (win) HD! So I can backup everything and reinstall windows (My dad don't wan Linux any more, because it can happen again ).



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