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Old 01-24-2005, 04:08 AM   #1
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Solaris Linux Windows partition confuse

I am going to ask about Linux LILO confusion, my problem like this:

I tried to follow the instruction in this link:

I created all these partitions as mentioned in the link above by using partition commander 9

Fist stage:

I installed XP in first partition (hda1)....success.

Second stage:

Install Mandrake 10.1

I made the second primary partition as /boot not root (hda2).

/ (root not boot ) is had5 within Extended primary.

When I tried to install Mandrake (10.1) using LILO bootloader it gave me these options:

where do you want to install the bootloader?

1- First sector of drive (MBR)
2- First sector of the root partition
3- On floppy
4- Skip

A- When I chose first option it was fine , I could see GUI of LILO with dual OSs. By the way when I checked the list of all configurations ,before I continoued with the process of installation , it said that your bootloader on /dev/hda,,,why didn't it say on /dev/hda1 (It did not specify as /dev/hda1 ,only general /dev/hda) ?

B- When I chose second option, I could not see any thing, although /boot (hda2)was active.

When I tried to activate, / (root or hda5) , I have seen funy characters L9 repeatedly filling the screen. (I have to activate this I guess, because I chose second option above, Am I right? ). Here it did say that my bootloader on /dev/hda5, (i.e. It did specify /dev/hda5 instaed of /dev/hda),,,why ?

C- Why I can not see this option : "Fisr sector of the boot partition", instead of, "First secotr of the root partition" ?
As you know that bootloader should be in the /boot section, if it is separated from the root,,,which is my case ? Am I right ?

Last edited by zillah; 01-24-2005 at 05:09 AM.
Old 01-24-2005, 04:50 AM   #2
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First sector of drive (MBR) is a part of /dev/hda . Windows takes the easy route and acctually installs boot info both in MBR and it's partition.
A harddrive has boot blocks both at the beginning of the drive and the beginning of each partition.
BIOS reads the boot block at the beginning of the disk (MBR) first.

"First sector of the root partition" is, I guess, a bit misleading. I think it installs to the first linux partition
in your setup; in your case hda2 (or it might be hardcoded to install to /boot if that's on its own partition).

- Peder

Last edited by bunnadik; 01-24-2005 at 04:52 AM.


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