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Old 11-22-2007, 03:56 PM   #1
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LILO fails to install during Slackware 12.0 install

Hi guys. I'm new to Slackware and have had a little trouble installing 12.0. When I get to the bootloader installtion and try to install LILO to the MBR I get this error message:

Sorry but the attempt to install LILO has returned an error, so LILO has not been correctly installed. You'll have to use a bootdisk to start your machine instead. It should still be possible to get LILO working by editing the /etc/lilo.conf and reinstalling LILO manually.
The same thing happened when I try to install LILO to / . I would try installng LILO to a floppy disk or creating a USB boot image but I have neither a floppy drive or a USB key.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Old 11-22-2007, 04:03 PM   #2
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Check if your bios has mbr write/virus/bootsector protection enabled and disable it.
Old 11-22-2007, 04:08 PM   #3
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No, it appears to be disabled. Thanks for the advice though. I can't figure out for the life of me what might be causing this.

EDIT: Tried loading the installer again and it worked perfectly. Third time's the charm I guess. Sorry I can't post a better solution but I have no idea what the problem was. It just fixed itself.

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