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Old 09-02-2003, 03:57 AM   #1
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Arrow Aftre reboot linux can not boot, just showing "LI"

I add these 3 line in the end of /etc/lilo.conf file ,

other = /dev/hda1
table = /dev/hda
label = Windows XP

and then i run /sbin/lilo , message like this add redhat-9 and
but after rebboting lilo jut show redhat 9

then i moved my changes up after this folowing line
append="hdc=ide-scsi root=LABEL=/"

then again i run lilo , agian given messege sucsellfull added

but aftre reboot linux can not bot, just showing

what can i do now , i dont have boot or Emergency repair disk but i have 3 Cd's set of red hat 9

thanks waiting for reply
Old 09-02-2003, 04:25 AM   #2
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LILO Boot loader only shows LI:

The first stage boot loader was able to load the second stage boot loader, but has failed to execute it. This can either be caused by a geometry mismatch or by moving /boot/boot.b without running the map installer.

(Taken directly from this page )

Sorry I can't help you anymore, I don't know how LILO works (yet ).
Old 09-02-2003, 04:44 AM   #3
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I used the linux rescue option with F5 key and was able to boot from linux RH9 CD. So just boot from CD and then you have to press F5 and then type "linux rescue" I hope it will solve your problem as well.
Old 09-02-2003, 05:20 AM   #4
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Thanks for urs help, at the time i see urs post on wondows machine i was already working with linux rescue, any way thnaks

with the "linux rescue" i did these steps
rescue autometcly search and mount my drive in in /mnt/sysimage with command of "chroot /mnt/sysimage"
then i edit lilo.conf and undo last changes
and last step run lilo under /sbin
it updates changes and then i rebbot machine but still Stop on "LI"
then also try to update lilo -v it updates more things then lilo
but still stop on "LI" now my lilo.conf is default i have undo all changes but i dont know why its still not booting

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Old 09-02-2003, 07:07 AM   #5
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remember every time i run lilo in the first line its give message
warning: /dev/sda is not on the first disk
Addesd Redhat-9 *

and with lilo -v
warning: /dev/sda is not on the first disk
mepping with /boot/boot.b
Mapping message file /boot/message
Boot image: /boot/vmlinuz-2.4.20-8
mapping RAM disk /boot/initrd-2.4.20-8.img
Addesd Redhat-9 *
/boot/boot.0800 exists - no backup copy made
Writing boot sector.

if Installation of new lilo version can solve problem i just download latest lilo version that is lilo- from this site but i am not updating till urs reply, if u think yes then guied me to update new version.

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Old 09-02-2003, 07:38 AM   #6
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I think this is a common problem with lilo.I just did a google with lilo+LI and got the following links



hope this helps.

Last edited by arunshivanandan; 09-02-2003 at 07:56 AM.
Old 09-02-2003, 08:00 AM   #7
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Had that problem couple of years ago on a Pentium2/400 machine.
I think running:

lilo -l

solved the problem.


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