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Linuxnewbie.org: Overcoming LILO dual-boot problems

Mar 20, 2000, 19:28 (5 Talkback[s])
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[ Thanks to Sensei for this link. ]

"This document was written because I spent almost a week getting my system to dual boot both linux and win98. There were so many people out there with the same problem, and so many half-answers to the questions, that I decided to try to fill the void...."

"Many users have tried to set up a dual boot, linux and whatever system, only to be greeted by a strange L 10 10 10 10 10 10 (it just keeps going) after their first reboot. In this situation it can be easy to panic, especially since you probably can't boot to your old OS from here. I will try to outline what I think are good steps to solving these problems."

"Lilo is a kernel boot loader. It can be used as your main boot manager for a system, because it is able to load linux, OS/2, win98, NT, and many other poplular OSes. However, it does have one limitation that can be particularly aggravating: It can't boot an OS from a partition that is located beyond the 1024th cylinder of the drive. For people with large drives this can be a problem. The most likely cause of this problem is trying to install linux on the same HD as another OS. If you created your linux partition towards the end of a large drive, linux won't boot."

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