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Old 04-08-2001, 02:52 AM   #1
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I have installed RHL7.0 on my system, co-existing with WinME. When I boot my system the LILO prompt does not appear at all, instead WinME start off.

I can boot into RHL7 with the boot floppy, but isn't there some way in which the LILO prompt can be made to appear at boot time?

My system config:
P-III 700 (Intel 810)
128 MB RAM

RHL installed itself automatically, so I do not know exactly where on my disk the /boot is residing. I have 15 GB in use by WinME.

Can anyone help? TIA.
Old 04-08-2001, 08:38 PM   #2
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Curious. I haven't seen a RH7.0 distro that installed itself automatically. Even if you selected the default "workstation" setting, it still should have asked you several questions, such as root passwords, and (relating to this) whether or not you want to use LILO, and then where to install it (MBR or not). Having said that:

1. Did you install RH after WinME? If you installed WinME second, it would overwrite your MBR, erasing any reference to RH7.

2. With a 20GB drive, did you split the drive down the middle, with 0-14.9GB for WinME and 15-20GB for RH? If you did and LILO is installed in the first bootable sectory (not MBR) of RH, then your system will probably never see it when it boots and you'll be stuck with a life of a boot-floppy.

3. Since you haven't invested much time in the OS yet, I would suggest reinstalling and going through step by step through a custom install. It's not much different that the default install, but you have more control over what's done with your system. And make sure that you put LILO in the MBR.

Even so, you'll have some problems with the way your drive is split right now. The latest versions of LILO should still be able to see your Linux partition, which is way past the old 1024 cylinder limit, but there are no guarantees. Do a search here on LILO and you'll find many threads on problems. I'm sure you'll find your solution there.

Old 04-09-2001, 08:59 AM   #3
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Hey, when I wrote automatic install, I meant the "workstation" one. It is automatic to the extent that it does not ask you to partition the disk manually.
It did ask all the other things you mentioned.

1. No, WinME was already installed.

2. The 20GB drive was originally split into 10-5-5 partitions.

3. The first thing I did was a custom install and when I got to the partitioning stage, RHL kept saying that "Boot partition is too large" and would not install anything. So I tried the "workstation" install.

Will search on LILO and see if a similar problem is present anywhere. Thanks anyway.


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