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Re: lilo problem after kernel install: LIL-

On Mon, Jun 11, 2001 at 08:04:16PM -0500, ktb wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 11, 2001 at 04:54:04PM +0000, Anthony Fairchild wrote:
> > Hello all,
> > 
> > I recently upgraded all packages necessary to install a 2.4.x kernel on my
> > Debian 2.2 laptop. After downloading, compiling, and installing the 2.4.5
> > kernel I rebooted and was greeted with a screen reading only "LIL-".
> > 
> > I have a boot floppy made when I originally installed and was able to reboot
> > the machine using that and re-ran lilo after editing lilo.conf to use the
> > older (2.2.17) kernel, but this didn't fix the problem. I would just boot off
> > of the floppy and be done with it but unfortunately the kernel on the floppy
> > does not support my pcmcia ethernet adapter. Now I am in the unenviable
> > position of running Win2k on an old laptop (painfully slow) so I can get a 
> > network connection.
> > 
> > If anybody knows how to fix this problem I would appreciate the help. Here is
> > some further information about the setup if any of it is useful.
> > 
> > Dual Boot Windows 2000 Pro. - Debian GNU/Linux 2.2
> > 
> > Windows boot manager gets control first, hands it off to lilo if you choose
> > Linux
> > 
> > Linux boot device is /dev/hda2
> >From /usr/share/doc/lilo/Manual.txt.gz 
>  LIL-   The descriptor table is corrupt. This can either be caused by a 
>     geometry mismatch or by moving /boot/map without running the map 
>     installer. 
> I'm hesitating a bit here because I haven't worked with Win2k yet but if this
> were a Win98 box I would try booting with a windows boot disk containing 
> fdisk and run -
> fdisk /mbr 
> which will rewrite the code for you're mbr.  Then boot back into debian
> with your boot disk and rerun /sbin/lilo.
> If that doesn't work you could totally blow away your your boot-block 
> with -
> dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda bs=512 count=1
> under debian.
> Then use "fdisk /mbr" again and then try installing lilo again.

I want to append to this.  If you completely blow away your boot-block -
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda bs=512 count=1
you will have to repartition and format.  Use only as a last resort.

 From seeing and seeing the seeing has become so exhausted
     First line of "The Panther" - R. M. Rilke

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