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Old 10-27-2001, 02:17 AM   #1
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dos booting lilo

As you may have noticed in another post on here I've been having problems with lilo on the mbr but have removed it and reinstalled. (using slackware 8) During install i choose option 1 for LILO(install to root partition and use dos to boot it). I read the bootHOWTO and the liloHOWTO neither of which explain this process. I will NOT being using windows or dos, my box is running ONLY slackware. How do I then add the dos boot to the mbr and have it boot lilo on the linux drive? Right now when I start the computer it says Operating system not found(which is fine, i use lilo boot disk for the time being).
Old 10-27-2001, 02:44 AM   #2
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To boot from dos, you must have msdos installed on the hard drive. Since you don't have msdos installed and you don't have windows on it either, you could install lilo in the mbr. Or you might be able to boot by setting the partition that lilo is installed to as being active.
Old 11-06-2001, 06:56 PM   #3
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If you can boot your Linux system from a floppy, you can then install LILO in the MBR. Running the liloconfig script (with Slackware) will create a basic lilo.conf file, to which you can add necessary options with vi . The problem is figuring out what these options are. I'd try lba32 right away; if that doesn't work I'm out of ideas, but I'm pretty sure you can get it working with a lot of reading and persistence. Good luck.


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