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Old 12-07-2004, 05:25 PM   #1
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Advanced LILO removal help


Okay, I've removed LINUX from my laptop but I'm trying to remove LILO (Linux Loader). The only way to do this through dos is by using a boot disc and running FDISK /MBR or using LILO -U

HOWEVER, the laptop does not have an internal or external Floppy Drive, so I downloaded a boot disc for DOS, then imaged it over to a bootable CD ROM. Now, this CD ROM will boot my PC, however, the laptop requires intervention to boot anything other than the master boot record. I have configured the laptop to load CD-ROM devices before Hard-drives when asked to do so

Going into the boot menu however, and choosing CD ROM DRIVE, merely returns back to LILO.

I've also tried disabling the primary IDE drive in an attempt to force loading of the CD-ROM Drive, to no avail. LILO merely comes up saying "Operating System not Found".

Since I can't boot into anything other than Windows or a linux loading screen that crashes, is there any way to remove LILO? Possibly through a "Runs on windows" distro?

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Old 12-07-2004, 06:05 PM   #2
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I had problem removing LILO as well. I had to boot from a WinXP install CD and run FIXMBR. That took care of it.
 
Old 12-07-2004, 06:07 PM   #3
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And if you read anything you'd see that I cant boot to any device other than the master boot record containing LILO. That prohibits using a WinXP boot disc.
 
Old 12-07-2004, 06:49 PM   #4
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It sounds like the CD you are trying to boot from isn't really bootable. Hard to tell without really knowing your BIOS tho. If it isn't a bootable CD, then the system will go ahead and try the HDD again. Have you tried this CD on another system?
 
Old 12-07-2004, 06:52 PM   #5
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Yes, I've tried multiple bootable CDs, as I indicated.
 
Old 12-07-2004, 08:33 PM   #6
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try to check your BIOS setup because if your cd is truly bootable it will not go to HDD master boot record.
 
Old 12-08-2004, 06:14 AM   #7
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Before installing LILO, this all worked fine, it's only since I installed it that this has been happening.
 
Old 12-08-2004, 11:29 AM   #8
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hit delete when your computer is booting and make sure your bios is set to boot cds b4 harddrives this is obviously not the way it is setup now because it doesnt matter what is on your HD it WILL ALWAYS BOOT FROM CD first if it set to in your bios even if lilo or grug or anything else is installed on your HD

after checking that make sure your CDs are actually bootable try with the the windows xp cd and go to the repair console and hit fixboot or fixmbr

that should work if not maybe your windows XP is burnt like mine and is not set to bootable
 
Old 12-08-2004, 01:24 PM   #9
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Not to sound arrogant, but does nobody read my posts?

I've set CD-ROM to primary boot device, and I know, FOR A FACT, that the CD-ROM is a bootable media because it boots on all the other PCs here (I run a net-cafe).

This is the only format I've had problems with.
 
Old 12-08-2004, 04:57 PM   #10
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Then is HAS to be something with your laptop's BIOS settings, or the CD-ROM drive itself, although that is unlikely. Ask anybody here, if the machine is truly set to boot from the CD-ROM first, LILO will absolutely not load.
 
Old 12-08-2004, 05:21 PM   #11
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Yeah, I know. Seems to be a hardware problem specific to my CD-ROM drive interacting with boot.
 
Old 12-08-2004, 06:07 PM   #12
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try a diferent cd drive in the laptop if possible

try using an external drive if your not comfortable changing you drive your self
 
  


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