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  1. #1
    vikram_nanda
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    boot prompt

    My system gives me the follwing message during boot :

    F1 : Linux
    Default - Linux :


    This I feel is not the LILO prompt.
    I had FreeBSD installed on my system before linux was installed.

    What should I do to get back the LILO prompt ?


    Thanks,

    Vikram

  2. #2

    Re: boot prompt

    Vikram,

    Well to tell you the truth I am not sure how to clear the MBR in Linux. You should be able to just install lilo and have it write to the MBR and it should overwrite what you have in there already. If you have Lilo installed already, give us a copy of your lilo.conf file, so I can show you what line to edit so that it will write to the correct place.

    Aragorn
    If you give a man a fire he'll be warm, if you light the man on fire he'll be warm for life.

  3. #3
    JimH
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    Re: boot prompt

    Don't know anything about FreeBSD, but you should be able to get the linux boot prompt back by just re-installing lilo by typing, as the root user: lilo -v

    Jim H

  4. #4
    vikram_nanda
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    Re: boot prompt



    lilo -v gives me :

    ****************
    LILO version 21.7, Copyright (C) 1992-1998 Werner Almesberger
    Linux Real Mode Interface library Copyright (C) 1998 Josh Vanderhoof
    Development beyond version 21 Copyright (C) 1999-2001 John Coffman
    Released 24-Feb-2001 and compiled at 18:11:44 on Apr 8 2001.

    Reading boot sector from /dev/hda2
    Merging with /boot/boot.b
    Mapping message file /boot/message
    Boot image: /boot/vmlinuz
    Added linux *
    Boot image: /boot/vmlinuz
    Added failsafe
    /boot/boot.0302 exists - no backup copy made.
    Writing boot sector.

    ********************

    The /etc/lilo.conf file has the following entries :

    ******************
    boot=/dev/hda2
    map=/boot/map
    install=/boot/boot.b
    vga=normal
    default=linux
    keytable=/boot/us.klt
    lba32
    message=/boot/message
    menu-scheme=wb:bw:wb:bw
    image=/boot/vmlinuz
    label=linux
    root=/dev/hda2
    read-only
    image=/boot/vmlinuz
    label=failsafe
    root=/dev/hda2
    append=" failsafe"
    read-only

    *******************

  5. #5

    Re: boot prompt

    so after you do this, does it still boot up with the old prompt?

    Aragorn
    If you give a man a fire he'll be warm, if you light the man on fire he'll be warm for life.

  6. #6
    vikram_nanda
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    Re: boot prompt

    no, it didn't work.

    I kept messing around with my system, reinstalled freebsd, screwed up the mbr such that only freebsd could be booted.

    Thankfully, I had a linux boot floppy with me. Got back linux.

    Ran lilo ---- the MBR got overwritten again and now I have the good old LILO prompt back.

    It doesnot give me a choice for FREE bsd .

    I need to change the lilo.conf file for that. I hope every thing will be allright now.


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