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