Re: Unusual Lilo "LI" problem
On Sun, 2 Apr 2000, Marc Moody wrote:
> I've recently install a new potato system that's been working well for a
> couple of weeks. Yesterday I compiled a custom kernel
> (2.2.14) (installed using make-kpkg), and now I can't boot my Linux
> drive. I CAN boot using the rescue floppy, and everything works
> fine. Normally the "LI" problem was easily fixed by rerunning lilo, but
> that doesn't seem to be working. This type of setup worked for a year
> and a half on my old system. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd be
> I've been dual booting Win95 and potato on a SCSI disc with BootMagic.
> /dev/sda1 is my windows partition, /dev/sda2 is my Linux partition. I
> do have a tiny partition for the boot manager. I've tried uninstalling
> lilo with lilo -u and using it with and without the linear option in my
> conf. I have an older IDE drive on /dev/hda1, but I don't see how that
> would cause a problem.
the boot manager is probably your problem. i know a situation with the
nt-bootmanager: it does not use the real boot sector to boot a partition,
but a copy stored in a file. thus, if you recompile your kernel and
re-run lilo, lilo will update the real boot sector, but the boot manager
will not realize it and will still run the old code stored in the
image-file. the old code of course has an invalid (old) map ...
the solution (for nt - i don't know bootmagic):
dd if=/dev/sda2 of=/c/bootsek.lin count=1
where /c is the mount-point of a fat-partition, where the nt-bootloader
resides. bootsek.lin is an arbitrary name choosen for the image file (you
would have to use the one, that already exists).
i hope, that this technique is also true for bootmagic.
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