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Old 06-11-2003, 02:32 PM   #1
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Unhappy Where is LILO?

First, I would like to say hello all!

Now comes my problem:

So I want to reinstall my Linux. For that, I want to delete two ext3 partitions, and then create one only. On one of these there is the \boot, in which (I suppose) there is LILO. How comes the hard part (for me at least ):

If I delete the partition on which there is LILO, the boot loader will survive? This is not clear for me: LILO is in \boot or in the MBR? Does it need \boot to function?

Because I don't want to lose the data on my windows partition and I don't want to remedy the situation with fdisk /mbr...

And if we are here allready: if I ovwerwrite the LILO in the new installation, everything will be okay?

Thanking you for your patience, Matthew Kosa
Old 06-11-2003, 02:42 PM   #2
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Depen on your windows, if it's Win98, u can LILO in MBR, but if it
s win2k, winXP u should use PartitionMagic 8.0 to install Linux
Old 06-11-2003, 02:43 PM   #3
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What does your configuration file say about where you installed it? It usually works when installed in the mbr and you probably had lots of trouble getting it to work if you put it in the first linux partition, or at least I see tons of posts about errors when they try that way. I prefer grub, myself

"And if we are here allready: if I ovwerwrite the LILO in the new installation, everything will be okay?"

Yes, it should be. Just re-install lilo or chose grub when you re-install.

Just don't delete or re-format your windows partition during install and it should be a snap.


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