Find the answer to your Linux question:
Results 1 to 2 of 2
Enjoy an ad free experience by logging in. Not a member yet? Register.
  1. #1

    Exclamation Lilo ever so frustrating

    I have installed backtrack 3. My problem is that i am trying to do a dual boot with vista and linux on my laptop Toshiba - Leading Inovation - Print Specs - L305-S5875

    i installed about 9 time and burnt the iso to disc twice.

    When the laptop boots all i get is L 9a 99 99 99 99
    I keep banging my head so if anyone could help i would appreciate it

    Here is my fdisk -l
    Disk /dev/sda: 200.0 GB, 200049647616 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 24321 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 1 192 1536000 27 Unknown
    Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary.
    /dev/sda2 * 192 19797 157480872+ 7 HPFS/NTFS
    /dev/sda3 19797 20500 5648353+ 83 Linux
    /dev/sda4 20501 24321 30692182+ 83 Linux

    lilo.conf file

    lba32 # Allow booting past 1024th cylinder with a recent BIOS
    boot = /dev/sda
    map = /boot/map
    timeout = 1200
    # VESA framebuffer console @ 1024x768x256
    vga = 773
    # Normal VGA console
    # vga = normal

    other = /dev/sda2
    label = Vista
    table = /dev/sda

    # Linux bootable partition config begins
    image = /boot/vmlinuz
    root = /dev/sda4
    label = Back|track_3

    bt / # lilo -v
    LILO version 22.8, Copyright (C) 1992-1998 Werner Almesberger
    Development beyond version 21 Copyright (C) 1999-2006 John Coffman
    Released 19-Feb-2007 and compiled at 01:09:42 on Jun 10 2007.

    Reading boot sector from /dev/sda
    Warning: '/proc/partitions' does not exist, disk scan bypassed
    Using MENU secondary loader
    Calling map_insert_data

    Boot other: /dev/sda2, on /dev/sda, loader CHAIN
    Added Vista *

    Boot image: /boot/vmlinuz
    Added Back|track_3

    Writing boot sector.
    /boot/boot.0800 exists - no boot sector backup copy made.
    One warning was issued.

  2. #2
    Linux Engineer rcgreen's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    the hills
    L error

    The first stage boot loader has been loaded and started, but it can't load the second stage boot loader. The two-digit error codes indicate the type of problem. This condition usually indicates a media failure or a geometry mismatch. The most frequent causes for a geometry mismatch are not physical defects or invalid partition tables but errors during the installation of LILO. Often these are caused by ignoring the 1024 cylinder boundary.

    This error code signals a transient problem - in that case LILO will try to resume or halt the system. However, sometimes the error code is not transient and LILO will repeat it, over and over again. This means that you end up with a scrolling screen that contains just the error codes. For example: the error code “01” signifies an “illegal command”. This signifies that the disk type is not supported by your BIOS or that the geometry can not correctly be determined. Other error codes are described in full in the LILO's user documentation.
    Troubleshooting LILO (2.214.4)

    The exact number following the L is an error code.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts