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Old 03-23-2003, 11:04 AM   #1
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Corrupted LILO boot manager Floppy, Help!


I inadvertently started to reformat my boot floppy used to open my options of booting Win98 or Suse 8.0. This has now made it impossible to boot into Linux. How can I create a new boot floppy to address this issue?
Old 03-23-2003, 11:25 AM   #2
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Do you have a Linux installation cd? Can be any distro, in fact. Boot into "rescue" mode, then mount your main Linux partition (let's say it's /dev/hda5):
mkdir /mnt/main
mount -t ext2 /dev/hda5 /mnt/main

Now look how does your /mnt/main/etc/lilo.conf look like (it's your /etc/lilo.conf when you boot to Linux the normal way):
cat /mnt/main/etc/lilo.conf|less

See if there's 'boot=/dev/fd0' line. If it is, chroot to you main partition (chroot command changes /):
chroot /mnt/main

Now insert a new boot floppy into your floppy drive and install boot program on it:

Reboot and test if the new bootdisk works correctly.
Old 03-23-2003, 04:35 PM   #3
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hey Mara how long have u been using linux, geese. i dont understand how people can memorize all that stuff lol, im still trying to figure out how to install my NVIDIA driver lol. its confusing as hell. it keeps giving me the same error msg even though i follow the instructions listed lol.
Old 03-24-2003, 10:38 AM   #4
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Dillutedmind, it comes with time. The same with NVIDIA drivers. When you success once, it becomes easy. I've browsed you post list and there's no current state of your problem (no error message as I can see).


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