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Old 11-02-2003, 01:20 AM   #1
Registered: Oct 2003
Location: Austin,TX
Distribution: Debian SID-->fully content-->Love APT,kernel 2.6.4
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need help with lilo and triple boot!

I have a triple installation of SuSE 8.2, knoppix and XP. I want to see all these three option when lilo comes up after i boot my machine.
I had a previous installation os SuSE and i installed knoppix only recently on my machine on a third hard disk partition.
however once i have added the following:
other = /dev/hda7
label = "SuSE/Knoppix"
to the lilo.conf file in either of the distros and when i run lilo i get the following error message:

Warning: LBA32 addressing assumed
Added linux *
Added windows
Fatal: First sector of /dev/hda7(or 6 when i do this from knoppix) doesn't have a valid boot signature

I do not know what this means....I am using the same swap partition for both of the installs.
could someone please tell me why i am having this problem. I partitioned my hard disk using Partition Magic 8.0.
DO you think it is advisable to use Partition magic's Boot Magic to allow me to boot into the various OS's i have on my machine.
pls let me know if you have any idea on solving this problem.
Old 11-02-2003, 01:51 AM   #2
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It's been a while since I've played with lilo, but it seems like using "other" isn't what you want to do. Other is something of a catch-all for OS's that need special care. For instance, if you install MS Windows in a partition other than your first one, you have to monkey around with Lilo like crazy to get it to boot correctly.

For a Linux installation, you should be able to use "normal" Lilo commands to get it to run happily. One hint that makes it easier is to load your "rescue" disk, then read the lilo/grub instructions off that, applying them to your situation as needed.

As far as partition magic goes, it's a nice program. However, if it doesn't do what it says (in this case, boot your OS), perhaps it's time to use that support number. That's why you bought it, because if you wanted to work on it yourself you would have just used grub or lilo.

Aside from that, you simply need to tell your bootloader where all the good stuff is, namely the kernel and the device drivers.


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