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Old 12-18-2003, 03:10 PM   #1
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lilo install failing on install

Every time I run through the installation (twice now) at the end when it is configing lilo it fails. It does not give me any interesting info. When I go through the reboot the old boot manager (Grub) loads still with all the old info. When I do a rescue boot I can get to everything and most stuff looks like it loaded but I cannot find lilo.conf in /etc/ to attempt a manual edit and I never learned vi and that appears to be the only editor there.
Anyways, thats my problem. Im currently running the third try at the install with some slightly different options now but if anyone has any suggestions I would be very appreciative.

BTW, Im installing Slackware 9.1 off the two CDs from . Its an older dell box with a PII and an ATI 3D Rage Pro vid card.

Old 12-18-2003, 03:40 PM   #2
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It seems that GRUB is not letting the installer install LILO.

.WARNING: I don't know the result if you have windows installed !!!

First do this:

Save a copy of the boot hard drive's Master Boot Record to a floppy, just to make sure, by executing the command: ( assuming your HD is hda )

#dd if=/dev/hda of=/dev/fd0 count=1


Then try this:

#dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda bs=512 count=1

This will reset the MBR of your PC. BE very carefull !!!


Then install Slackware. ( maybe there's a way of install only LILO but I don't know)

Use this too:

$man dd

Hope this help

Last edited by portux; 12-18-2003 at 03:43 PM.
Old 12-20-2003, 07:16 PM   #3
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to be rude to portux, there may be less hazardous ways to go. destroying your mbr only works if you have tools to recreate your mbr IMHO such as floppy based fdisk on a toms boot disk or a cd ram based system such as knoppix or mdk cd 1.
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my opinion is that grub is in your mbr as posted, but maybe you are not putting lilo into mbr? Maybe you used hda1? Any option other than mbr will never overwrite mbr.

2) try lilo expert with
a) start with a blank lilo
b) add what partition to boot, you have to know where you put / such as /dev/hda1
c) add other oper. system partiions to lilo if you want to dual boot
d) install it
NOW I can't remember but it will ask where you want lilo so choose mbr to get rid of grub. And I recommend you choose standard fonts.

3) b4 trying my ideas create a boot floppy and reboot to it to test it pls.
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Actually his method did work. Worked just fine. It may of been hazardous but it was sucessful. The MBR recreation is part of the installation system that exists of the Slackware 9.1 CDs. It does also wipe the partition table so that had to be recreated but it really was no big deal.

Old 12-21-2003, 03:42 AM   #5
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Good Brian

I should have remembered that cd1 has a fdisk as well.
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I always recommend that newbies install lilo to a floppy, until they learn a little more. It's much less hazardous if someone is trying to dual boot. Also, after running liloconfig manually, do
lilo -v -t
and it will test the install and give a verbose report so you'll know if it's going to succeed.


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