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Old 01-07-2008, 03:18 AM   #1
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Rather silly question about Lilo, just to make sure

Hello there,

I have windowsXP AND Lilo installed on the first master disk of my computer, while mandriva powerpack 2007 is on another hard drive, and unfortunately the Lilo/windows disk is slowly dying.

Soon I'll have to install a new disk in replacement, with a fresh windowsXP installation, and of course Lilo will be gone too with the former disk.

My question, though silly, is sincere : do you know if the install disk of Mandriva 2007 allows a fast and easy reinstallation of Lilo ? I never had to do that before, so I have no idea about it.

There is no use in making a backup of Lilo (even if I knew where the lilo parameters are stored), because the filesystem structure will be a bit different with the new disk (replacing a 30 GB disk composed of 1 partition with a 500 GB disk divided in 4 partitions can only bring changes ).

Thank you very much for your opinion
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I don't know about Mandriva CD's but you can download for example Knoppix or some other Live-CD and boot with it and install lilo from there.

And Knoppix has a lot of tools in it so it's quite handy to have.
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<edit> After you have finished setting up M$windows,</edit>

Just boot with your mandriva cd and when you get the prompt

select F2 (or F3) and select rescue.

There should be an option to re-install the boot loader.
<edit>Most likely you will be using grub instead of lilo as the boot loader.
It changes a bit with each version, but I think you can do this with the 2007 version cd.

Cheers, Glenn

Last edited by GlennsPref; 01-08-2008 at 06:07 PM. Reason: Grub not lilo.


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