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Mr Bill
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Icon 5 posted October 21, 2004 13:19      Profile for Mr Bill     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I have a feeling this is one of those problems where the solution is so obviously simple, I just keep overlooking it, but it's driving me semi-insane...

My computer (usually) dual boots Mandrake and Win98.
I was at a LAN party a couple of weekends ago, crawled off the couch the next morning and fired up the computer on my way to the coffee pot. Coming back to the computer, I see the friendly message: "no valid disk/drive found". 5 minutes of poking, proding, reconnecting cables, restarting, and copius amounts of foul language later, I was able to get the box to recognise the drive, but I was now getting a missing/damaged MBR error.

I was able to get the MBR restored and continue gaming with the 98 partition for the rest of the weekend, but since then I have not been able to get LILO to install and boot into Mandrake. I can boot from CD no problem, and I have access to the data on the Mandrake side, so it's not an issue of data loss.

The problem is when I try to reinstall LILO, the install process goes fine, but rebooting goes directly to windows, no sign of LILO at all. I was running Mandrake 9, tried the CD in rescue mode to install LILO: no joy. I used the Mandrake 10 CD to upgrade, LILO install went through no problem: same thing, booted straight to windows. I tried booting from the CD, changing to /sbin and running LILO from there, and it gave me the error "could not find /etc/lilo.conf". lilo.conf exists, I can read it using "cat lilo.conf", and it looks fine.

If I have to, I can copy any files I need to the 98 partition and burn them to CD, format the whole drive and start from scratch, but I'd rather just get LILO back.

Suggestions?

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drunkennewfiemidget
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Icon 1 posted October 21, 2004 13:56      Profile for drunkennewfiemidget     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Try lilo -M /dev/hda mbr
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GameMaster
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Icon 1 posted October 25, 2004 16:27      Profile for GameMaster   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Ah, lilo... If that doesn't work, install GRUB. [Wink]

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