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Re: fatal error on RH partition



In linux.debian.user, you wrote:
> hey all,
> 
> in trying to partition this machine up and install various OSes on it,
> i've managed to screw up a lot.  there's a redhat install on a
> different partition, and though i can mount it, i can't boot into it.
> 
> more specifically, if i add a stanza (really basic, like below) to my
> /etc/lilo.conf and run lilo, i get the following error:
> 
> Fatal: First sector of /dev/hda5 doesn't have a valid boot signature
> 
> the stanza i add to /etc/lilo.conf looks like this:
> 
> other=/dev/hda5
>   label="RedHat(hda5)"
> 
> pretty basic.

Boot into Debian.  

mount /dev/hda5 /mnt
cd /mnt/boot
cp vmlinuz-whateveritis  /boot/vmlinuz-rh (or some similar name)
cp System.map   /boot/System.map-rh (or the same ending as vmlinuz)
cd
umount /mnt

Then edit /etc/lilo.conf and change that two lines you show to:

image=/boot/vmlinuz-rh
       label=RedHat
       read-only
       root=/dev/hda5

Save /etc/lilo.conf

Then do:  /sbin/lilo

That should work.

Anita



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