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- 07-06-2004 #1
- Join Date
- Jul 2004
Lilo & Windows Xp- Slack Help Please
I am going to try to explain this the best way possible. I decided to install slack on my windows machine ( since I liked it soooo much, I have another machine just w/linux),
I made a partion in Windows using partition magic. I assigned 20 gigs for the new linux partition. Fine....
Installation went well until....LILO configuration.
Computer boot up only in SLACK, a friend told me to insert the XP cd and use the recovery consol to fix the MBR...which I did.. command fixmbr in windows recovery console...
BUT when I reboot, no slack, no windows...BOOT FAILED message.
SO I reinstalled Slack, reconfigured LILO, everything appeared fine again.
LILO boots. I see BOTH my OS. LInux & XP. so I choose XP and guess what...
then I reboot, and choose SLACK..it does BOOT!
atleast one of the two OS works.
SO finally my question is can I reinstall windows on the other partition without messing up my slack installation?
and how can I fix this? I do need windows on this machine for other people in my house who think that anything besides windows is alien.....
So PLEASE, PLEASE...can anyone help me out.
here is my lilo.conf file
# LILO configuration file # generated by 'liloconfig' # # Start LILO global section boot = /dev/hda #compact # faster, but won't work on all systems. prompt timeout = 50 # VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x64k vga = 791 # Normal VGA console # vga = normal # VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x64k # vga=791 # VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x32k # vga=790 # VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x256 # vga=773 # VESA framebuffer console @ 800x600x64k # vga=788 # VESA framebuffer console @ 800x600x32k # vga=787 # VESA framebuffer console @ 800x600x256 # vga=771 # VESA framebuffer console @ 640x480x64k # vga=785 # VESA framebuffer console @ 640x480x32k # vga=784 # VESA framebuffer console @ 640x480x256 # vga=769 # ramdisk = 0 # paranoia setting # End LILO global section # Linux bootable partition config begins image = /boot/vmlinuz root = /dev/hda2 label = slack read-only # Non-UMSDOS filesystems should be mounted read-only for checking # Linux bootable partition config ends # Windows bootable partition config begins other = /dev/hda1 label = xp table = /dev/hda # Windows bootable partition config ends
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- 07-06-2004 #2
- Join Date
- Oct 2003
- The Netherlands
go to dos with a bootdisk, and run fdisk /mbr, this will clean the mbr
then try to reinstall slackware again with the lilo bootloader, if this doesn't work, then you would have to lowlevelformat the hdd and repartition it again. then install Windows XP and then slackware with lilo, this works fine for me, and no doubt will work for you too
- 07-06-2004 #3
- Join Date
- Jul 2003
- Farnborough, UK
If Slack is up and running then as root run liloconfig. Use expert and add both os to the file. Then run /sbin/lilo. Then reboot and see what happens.Lansbury's Lido
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- 07-06-2004 #4
- Join Date
- Oct 2001
- Täby, Sweden
Couldn't it just be that /dev/hda1 isn't marked as bootable? What does "fdisk -l /dev/hda" return?
Also, you may want to try to use GRUB instead of LILO. GRUB's much better and may more than well solve the problem.