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Old 09-06-2001, 12:24 PM   #1
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Angry Cant get back into Windows : (

Ive seen some other posts like this, but im pretty sure mine is a bit different.

I have 2 hard drives, a 40gig and a 850mb (850 LMAO). I got Win98 on the 40 and just put Mandrake 8 on the 850. After the linux install i booted into mandrake to setup lilo.

In the lilo.conf I added at the end...


I then ran /sbin/lilo and it added windows. at this point i have no worries everything seems great, but... at restart when i hit windows it says...

Starting Windows 98

(then furiously tries to read the floppy drive)
(and then says)

Type the name of the Command Interpreter (e.g., C:\Windows\

A>(with a blinking cursor here)

Anybody have any idea why this has occured. I've never had this problem before. I greatly apreciate any help or advice.

Thanx in adv.
Old 09-07-2001, 02:26 AM   #2
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the hard disk in which lilo is installed should be the active partition becos when booting only active partition is accessed.
i think the 850 MB hard disk is hda. try changing the lilo.conf

Happy ing
Old 09-07-2001, 04:11 AM   #3
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One thought,

You said that the boot device for windows was hda? hda should be your primary linux device or the 850Mb drive. If Windows is on the 2nd hard drive then this is probably hdc with hdb being the CD ROM drive.

In lilo.conf try:


Hope this is of some help
Old 09-07-2001, 12:25 PM   #4
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the way i have it setup now with...


has worked in the past linux doesnt have to be the 1st h.disk, that is why there are programs like lilo. but for some reason ive had problems when 98 is my ownly version of windows installed.


The problem is solved! I decided last night to go ahead and go with Win XP. I basically have it setup the exact same but have xp and mandrake and it works like a dream.

preciate the advice paul & pithan. : )


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