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Old 07-13-2003, 07:12 PM   #1
Fold Zandura
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Lilo works but can't load mandrake


system :
Toshiba satellite
OS Windows XP home and Mandrake 9.1

what I was doing
I was trying to resize my windows partition to a smaller size to give Mandrake a bigger partition.
I resized the partition using partition magic 8.0 but I can't resize the Mandrake partition. So I thought I will give Mandrake a swap partition. Duing that lilo (i think) to change my mandrake partition from /hda5 to /hda6. I rebooted and now Mandrake wont load. Lilo loads and Win XP will load (thats how Im typing this).
I guess the question is.
How do I exit lilo from boot up of from XP? so I can change the setting to reflect the new partition?

Thanks
 
Old 07-13-2003, 07:14 PM   #2
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You will need to use your Mandy install CDs and boot to 'rescue' mode. Edit your fstab file, and your lilo.conf file to respect the changes to your harddisk 'layout', re-run lilo to put the changes into effect and then sit back and pray.
 
Old 07-13-2003, 10:00 PM   #3
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I tried that. But I can't seem to find the lilo.conf file. I ran the mandrake "restore windows boot record" and then tried to reinstall lilo boot file (from the rescue menu) but that didnt work either.
I don't know why I don't have a lilo.conf file.
so basically my system boots straight into windows.
Any sugestion on how to recover - re-install lilo. I would consider a complete re-install if I thought it would not remove my data (documents ans settings).
 
Old 07-14-2003, 08:18 AM   #4
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the config file is /etc/lilo.conf you will need to be root to save changes to it.
 
Old 07-14-2003, 01:14 PM   #5
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using ls (under mandrake rescue) I go to the /etc dir but thier is no lilo.conf
 
Old 07-14-2003, 01:37 PM   #6
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Maybe your normal root partition is not mounted? Check the output of mount.
 
Old 07-14-2003, 01:48 PM   #7
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when I try to run the re-install bootloader from the mandrake rescue I get
could not find your root devices
died at /usr/bin/install-bootloader line 19

dose that mean My drive is nout mounted?
if so how do I mount it from rescue
thanks
 
Old 07-14-2003, 01:52 PM   #8
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I'm sorry, but I'm not a total expert, and I don't use Mandrake...I'm not sure how the Mandrake rescue thing works, but to mount drives, usually you do:
Code:
mount -t type device location
If your root is /dev/hda5,
Code:
mount -t ext3 /dev/hda5 /
(I think Mandrake uses ext3)
 
Old 07-14-2003, 01:59 PM   #9
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thanks I'll try it
 
Old 07-14-2003, 03:17 PM   #10
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well it did not work. So I am starting over.
thanks for everyones help.
 
  


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