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    Installing lilo

    I've been using a floppy to boot to linux, but it is slow. I'm going to install a boot loader on my MBR since I have a dual boot system. (slack+windows)

    1) What happens if I mess up my MBR? Will I need knoppix or my old floppy to boot to linux to fix my lilo config?

    2) Do you have any advice before I do this? I'm backing up important files now.


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    Apr 2003
    North East England
    1. Don't Panic
    2. It's easy
    3. Keep a boot diskette handy, just in case
    4. If the mbr gets screwed you can either use a diskette or CDROM to boot and then re-run /sbin/lilo (this re-installs lilo onto the mbr after first seeing if there are any chanbges in /etc/lilo.conf) or you can boot into MSDOS and do a fdisk /mbr , which make your PC a DOS/Windows only one. Or you can have a look at one of the tutorials in this forum that show the WinXP way of overwriting your mbr.

    have fun


    Use Suse 10.1 and occasionally play with Kubuntu
    Also have Windows 98SE and BeOS

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    Don't be afraid of installing lilo on the MBR.

    At the setup(lilo part) I usually select expert and than:

    1- Begin lilo header
    2- Linux option
    3- Xp option
    4- Install

    I always install lilo on the MBR, never had a problem, so far.

    Good luck mate.


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