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Hi all, I recently tried (re)installing Linux on my laptop. I had succesfully done it before. Now I'm trying a dual boot with Win 2000. The hard drive is ~5GB, with the first partition (~2.5GB) gone to Windows. There was a little trouble installing Linux the first time round (see http://www.dclug.org.uk/linux_news/dist-reviews/mandrake/neilwilliams.php for details on the problem and how I overcame it - you won't need to). Anyway, updated /etc/lilo.conf then typed lilo at the prompt. Got some text saying it couldn't update the boot partition (can't remember exactly). Anybody have any idea how I can get around this? Thanks - ...

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    Default Newbie needs help installing Linux

    Hi all,

    I recently tried (re)installing Linux on my laptop. I had succesfully
    done it before. Now I'm trying a dual boot with Win 2000. The hard
    drive is ~5GB, with the first partition (~2.5GB) gone to Windows.

    There was a little trouble installing Linux the first time round (see
    http://www.dclug.org.uk/linux_news/dist-reviews/mandrake/neilwilliams.php
    for details on the problem and how I overcame it - you won't need to).
    Anyway, updated /etc/lilo.conf then typed lilo at the prompt. Got some
    text saying it couldn't update the boot partition (can't remember
    exactly).

    Anybody have any idea how I can get around this?

    Thanks
    - Liam
    Kid Guest

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    Kid Icarus <com> wrote: 

    it would be nice to know the reasons.

    Davide
    Davide Guest

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    Default Re: Newbie needs help installing Linux

    Kid Icarus wrote:
     

    Boot from a Linux CD, mount your Linux partition (for example "mount /dev
    hda2 /mnt"), change the directory to /mnt/etc/ and check your lilo.conf
    settings. When your config is fixed, fire "lilo -r /mnt" to rewrite your
    lilo.

    Regards, Joerg.

    Joerg Guest

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    > it would be nice to know the reasons.
    Hmm, yeah. Sorry about that. Wrote down the actual error.....
    Fatal: Can't put the boot sector on logical partition 0x305
     
    Thanks - I'll try that later.

    And some more information; typed lilo -T table=/dev/hda and got this:
    Type Boot Start End Sector #sectors

    1 FAT32 * 0:1:1 318:254:63 63
    5124672

    2 DOS extended 319:0:1 729:254:63 5124735
    6602715

    3 ** empty **

    4 ** empty **

    Which I thought was weird (second partition is DOS extension). I
    installed Mandrake 8.1 and got the installation to auto allocate free
    space (after I had deleted the D: drive partition).

    Has anybody got any idea about that?
    Thanks!
    Kid Guest

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    Finally got the damn thing working. The problem was with my lilo.conf
    file - luckily I had a backup. Restored the backup, put "vga=791" in
    it, typed lilo, and it worked perfectly.
    Something as simple as that, and it took me weeks to do it.
    Kid Guest

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    Default [OT] S&M ?? Was --> Re: Newbie needs help installing Linux

    On 14 Oct 2003 02:37:50 -0700, Kid Icarus <com> wrote: 

    Welcome to the Mysteries of Linux. It surely is as much art as science.
    Even programming: complex beasts....

    Took me all day to set up a PLIP connection between two boxes. Turned out that
    I needed to re-configure the parallel port in the BIOS of one of them.

    Knowing how to google, search the Usenet archives, and use grep/find is (yes, I
    mean "is" - singular......What to call this skill ??) the most
    important skill one can have.

    Next is the use of all the utilities that tell you what's happenning on your
    box, past and present.

    S&M (Search and Monitor) ??

    Anybody got any thoughts on that?

    --
    Alan C Here's my fake PGP sig. I do it to look cool. Who can tell?
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    Alan Guest

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