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sirpelidor 01-13-2004 07:26 PM

failed install lilo during install process
hi, here's story in short: 2 hds, first got xp, second got slack 9.1 w/ lilo installed in MBR. i decided to remove slack, and put mdk back on. here's the steps that i took:

1) insert win98 startup disk (this is xp machine btw!) started computer, and i typed: fdisk /mbr
2) restart computer w/ mdk disc in cdrom
3) follow the process of install until to the point of conf lilo.

lilo failed:Can't read hda::Output/input

right there... i couldn't move forward, so i had to complete the installation anyway, what i did was went to "installation summary" and take care the rest of the little work such as DSL, user acct, etc.

now when i start my computer, it goes to xp, without going to lilo (or linux)

plz adv how can i wipe out slack's lilo and put mdk lilo? thanks :)

Skyline 01-13-2004 09:05 PM

Have you got a lilo.conf file in /etc/ ??

If so - boot from the 1st Mandrake cd

press F1

type rescue

and re-install LILO to the MBR of the "1st" hard drive.

sirpelidor 01-13-2004 09:48 PM

thanks skyline, i will try that tonight after work :)

di11rod 01-14-2004 02:37 AM

removing slack entry in LILO
When you have booted off the Mandrake CD as the other poster suggested, be sure to mount your hard drives before going to <console> in the rescue menu.

Also, you can hand-edit the /etc/lilo.conf file to alter what options you have listed. You can totally remove the slackware entry if you like.

good luck.


sirpelidor 01-15-2004 01:23 AM

thanks guys, using mdk cd1 w/ rescue option, then choosing reload boot loader did the trick heheh.

1 more thing, say if i wanna install slack on my hdb (i have xp on hda, mdk on hdb,) am i gonna keep using mdk's lilo? or will i have to use slack's? or it really doesn't matter?

thanks :)

Skyline 01-15-2004 01:51 AM

Just use "Mandrake's" lilo.conf for both - ie when installing Slackware, don't install a LILO bootloader from Slack (ie choose to skip) - then when you reboot after installing Slack, go into Mandrake and create a mount point for Slack's partition which contains the Slack kernel (typically the Root partition)

mkdir /mnt/slackware

then mount the partition into this mount point in Mandrake:

mount -t ext3 -o ro /dev/hda6 /mnt/slackware

then put an entry into Mandrake's lilo.conf file for Slackware - it'll be similar to this (using a mount point of /mnt/slackware and having mounted Slack's Root partition into it in Mandrake) - (I've got Slack on /dev/hda6 - obviously substitue yours in)

append="devfs=mount hdc=ide-scsi acpi=off quiet"

then type


to re-install lilo and the new map file,

then reboot and choose whichever OS you want.

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