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Hello, I'm new to linux and I need some help. Im trying to install linux on another computer I have with 2 harddrives on it. The Master drive has windows ...
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    Help with LILO college Linux/Windows XP


    Hello, I'm new to linux and I need some help. Im trying to install linux on another computer I have with 2 harddrives on it. The Master drive has windows XP installed on it, and the Slave drive has nothing on at the moment.
    My problem is that when I try to install college linux on the empty hard drive, I cant access windows afterwards. I recognise that this is to do with LILO and i need help setting it up. (I've managed it once by accident, and im unable to make it work now)
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Pyeboy

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    you need to edit, as the root user, the file /etc/lilo.conf , however, as I haven't runLILO in years I don't feel qualified to tell you what needs to go in there. Once you have the required WinXP lines entered, you then need to run /sbin/lilo to get them put into the force.

    Or, you could always instal GRUB instead of Lilo and then have a look at the tutorial section on this site to see how to make it work.

    have fun

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    I have a less elegant but pragmatic answer.

    I have two hard drives as well, with XP on the first one and Debian on the second.


    Unless you have to have college linux, I would say the easiest thing to do is install Debian (cost me about 15 bucks, including a donation) and let the installer do lilo for you. It will automatically find XP there and set it up for you. The times I played with /etc/lilo.conf resulted in heartache and misery for me.


    Assuming the college linux doesn't do it's own boot loader install for you, of course.

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    Ok, thanks, the reason i got college linux was because when i considered using linux, that was the only one i knew about. Ill have a look at some other distros before trying again.

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    for newbies, I normally recomend either Fedora or Mandrake. They may not be the fastest, but they are newbie friendly.

    have fun

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    Use Suse 10.1 and occasionally play with Kubuntu
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    Add these lines to the bottom of /etc/lilo.conf

    other=/dev/hda1
    label=windows


    Change the /dev/hd* entry to match the real location of your windows partition. I am just guessing from what you say that it is /dev/hda1.

    I reccomend gentoo ( http://www.gentoo.org ) for new users providing that the user wants to learn a bit about the linux system (im not talking about programming in any way). The install can be lengthy and a bit tedious but in no way is it difficult. It is however, very important that you follow the excelent installation instructions provided here:

    http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/handboo...?part=0&chap=0

    Gentoo will provide you with a system that is exceptionaly fast, stable, powerfull and easy to use.
    I would also advise going with a stage3 install if you decide to use gentoo

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