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    Unhappy lilo error

    I just installed RedHat as a dual boot system on my PC along with Windows ME.

    After I rebooted, LILO does not come up at all, and always defaults to Windows.

    2 questions.

    1) How do I get LILO to prompt
    2) When I started linux via boot disk, it worked fine. So then I ran /sbin/lilo and it gave this error:

    "FATAL lilo failed, exceeded 1023 cylinder" or something along those lines.

    Any ideas how to fix this? What is a good lilo.conf file to use for a dual boot. I plan to set up a web server for a small website on this machine.

    Thanks

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    <opinion>Dualing booting is a bad idea, particuarly for server, not so bad for a workstation.</opinion>

    When you installed Linux, did you install LILO to the MBR? I find that a lot of people don't and thus, the MBR still boots Winblows.
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    There's absolutely nothing wrong with dual booting, even if it's a server. I think your two problems are that you need to upgrade lilo and you need to edit your lilo.conf to install lilo to the MBR, as KodeKrash said.
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    The problem is that your /boot partition is on a part of the disk past the 1023rd cylinder on the disk, lilo generally needs the kernel to be loaded from disk in an area in the 1st 8gb (1024 cylinders), what I usually do when I dual boot my Laptop is to create a small 100mb or so partition just after my main 4gb windows partition and use the 100mb for the linux /boot mount point.
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    Yeah ive got dual boot on i386 Redhat 6.1 and Windows 98


    If you install Linux as a workstation on the same machine as Windows Linux writes the MBR first so when you boot up next time press the tab key and you should get a boot menu


    When installing Linux make sure you install with at least a 16MB boot partition
    Last edited by rogue value; Feb 9, 2002 at 11:44.


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