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09 May 2002 12:00 Brianvictor

Re: BIOS Virus Warning
That's quite true, I understand, but why does it work with the previous version of lilo and not this one ? (exactly the same lilo.conf)

08 May 2002 22:25 johncoffman

Re: BIOS Virus Warning
LILO would only re-write the boot sector if you employed partition change rules. Othewise, it leaves the boot sector alone. It does, however, r/w sectors in the map file at boot time. Perhaps your boot sector virus protection is complaining about all bios writes to the disk. You can defeat several LILO features by compiling a "READONLY" version of LILO. Turn this compilation option on by editing the Makefile.

08 May 2002 22:20 johncoffman

Re: USB keyboard and LILO
LILO contains NO device drivers. All I/O is performed by the BIOS. This includes disk I/O and keyboard I/O.

Unless your BIOS provides support on int 16h for the USB keyboard, you will not be able to use it with LILO.

16 Apr 2002 17:53 goodboy

Multiple OS's, Logical partitions
Hi there, I am quite new to Linux and LILO, but have spent days by now to figure out how to configure LILO correctly. I installed SuSE Linux 7.3 on a logical partition (primaries and three logicals are windows, fat32). I use XOSL, a common boot loader which writes itself into the MBR of the hard disk, to boot the multiple OS's. I wanted it to boot LILO - which I put in the boot section of the (logical) linux native partition - just as well, but it won't work whatsoever: The computer just halts and does not show any hd activity when directed to the mentioned partition. As I have heared that there are problems with LILO on logical partitions, I have two questions on this:

1. Is there a way of modifying LILO manually that it does work on a logical partition (in some documentation it was said one can "force" LILO to install itself in a logical boot section...

2. Another hint was to put LILO in the partition table/boot sector of the extended partition. How would that be done and how does this affect the other logical partitions within the extended one?

I am really relying on some help here, every hint is greatly appreciated!

Greetings, Alexander Klein

07 Apr 2002 11:39 mitchd

USB keyboard and LILO
Hi,

Does anyone know if they will ever be USB support in Lilo ?
I currently have to keep two keyboards around. My usb one,
and another ps2 type if i ever need to select another boot
image.

Anyone know of any other boot loaders which work with USB
keyboards ?

Thanx
M

22 Mar 2002 09:22 Brianvictor

BIOS Virus Warning
I was using Lilo 21.4 on my machine.
I then upgraded to Lilo 22.2 with the same lilo.conf
However, now, after choosing one of the boot options (Linux or Windows) I get the BIOS virus warning, because I guess this version is rewriting the boot sector.
If I switch back to the old version, then the problem disappears.

I do not want to disable the warning!
Any ideas ?
Thanks.

15 Mar 2002 10:28 vince2000

Re: FastTrak Tx2 RAID + LILO = indigestion
it works with the new lilo version:

http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/Linux/system/boot/lilo/lilo-22.2.tar.gz


> Hey all,
>
> I've been beating my head in on this
> for about 3 hours now, and I'm at my
> wits end. I have a Promise
> FastTrak100 Tx2 PCI card w/ 2 IBM 60 gig
> hard
> drives attached to it. I've
> successfully got a mirror going, but
> I'm
> running into a small problem now.
> Whenever I go to reinstall lilo, I get
> this message:
>
> root@federation:/etc# lilo -v5
> LILO version 21.7-5, 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 06-May-2001 and compiled at
> 15:36:08 on Jun 15 2001.
>
> Caching device /dev/hda (0x0300)
> Caching device /dev/hda1 (0x0301)
> Caching device /dev/hda2 (0x0302)
> Caching device /dev/hda3 (0x0303)
> Caching device /dev/hda4 (0x0304)
> Caching device /dev/hda5 (0x0305)
> Caching device /dev/hda6 (0x0306)
> Caching device /dev/hda7 (0x0307)
> Caching device /dev/hda8 (0x0308)
> Caching device /dev/hdb (0x0340)
> Caching device /dev/hdb1 (0x0341)
> Caching device /dev/hdb2 (0x0342)
> Caching device /dev/hdb3 (0x0343)
> Caching device /dev/hdb4 (0x0344)
> Caching device /dev/hdb5 (0x0345)
> Caching device /dev/hdb6 (0x0346)
> Caching device /dev/hdb7 (0x0347)
> Caching device /dev/hdb8 (0x0348)
> Caching device /dev/sda (0x0800)
> Caching device /dev/sda1 (0x0801)
> Caching device /dev/sda2 (0x0802)
> Caching device /dev/sda3 (0x0803)
> Caching device /dev/sda4 (0x0804)
> Caching device /dev/sda5 (0x0805)
> Caching device /dev/sda6 (0x0806)
> Caching device /dev/sda7 (0x0807)
> Caching device /dev/sda8 (0x0808)
> Caching device /dev/sdb (0x0810)
> Caching device /dev/sdb1 (0x0811)
> Caching device /dev/sdb2 (0x0812)
> Caching device /dev/sdb2 (0x0812)
> Caching device /dev/sdb3 (0x0813)
> Caching device /dev/sdb4 (0x0814)
> Caching device /dev/sdb5 (0x0815)
> Caching device /dev/sdb6 (0x0816)
> Caching device /dev/sdb7 (0x0817)
> Caching device /dev/sdb8 (0x0818)
> Caching device /dev/loop0 (0x0700)
> Caching device /dev/loop1 (0x0701)
> Caching device /dev/loop2 (0x0702)
> Caching device /dev/loop3 (0x0703)
> Caching device /dev/loop4 (0x0704)
> Caching device /dev/loop5 (0x0705)
> Caching device /dev/loop6 (0x0706)
> Caching device /dev/loop7 (0x0707)
> Reading boot sector from
> /dev/ataraid/d0
> Merging with /boot/boot.b
> Caching device /dev/ataraid/d0p1
> (0x7201)
> Fatal: Sorry, don't know how to handle
> device 0x7201
>
> Apparently it doesn't like the RAID
> device that was set up. If I take the
> RAID offline, and the kernel doesn't
> recognize that a /dev/ataraid/...
> exists, then lilo will reinstall
> without any problems.
>
> Any ideas? :)


13 Mar 2002 15:43 roby2lit

Re: Using LILO with 2 hard drives...

> Hi there ~
> I am a newbie to Linux but fluent with
> win~.
> i have 2 hard disks on seperate IDEs
> in my
> box. IDE 1 has win98, IDE2 has
> Mandrake.
> At this point i turn off the
> appropriate
> drive to run whichever.
> LILO runs well when i plug the
> Mandrake drive
> in by itself, but if both drives are
> running,
> win98 loads first.
> Is it possible for LILO (or any other
> software)
> to detect operating systems on
> seperate drives?
> or should i just get a bigger HDD and
> use partitioning?
> All suggestions are appreciated.
> Cheers-
> ph4e


You simply have to install LILO on the MAster Boot Record of your first hard drive. Then your computer will load LILO at the boot. You have to tell LILO you have Win$ on your first drive, and Linux on your second drive.
lilo.conf should be something like:

boot=/dev/hda
map=/boot/map
install=/boot/boot-bmp.b
prompt
timeout=50
vga=5
lba32
default=Linux_K7-2.4.18

......
#this will boot Linux, with Kernel 2.4.18
image=/boot/bzImage-2.4.18
label=Linux_K7-2.4.18
read-only
root=/dev/hdc1

......
#this will boot Win$
other=/dev/hda1
optional
label=Windows98

Hope the above lines are ok, I copied them from my lilo.conf file, that is longer (I boot 2 different kernel: the latest, and another one I'm sure that works ok) and I have more than the standard 2 IDE channels.

12 Mar 2002 15:01 ph4edra

Using LILO with 2 hard drives...
Hi there ~
I am a newbie to Linux but fluent with win~.
i have 2 hard disks on seperate IDEs in my
box. IDE 1 has win98, IDE2 has Mandrake.
At this point i turn off the appropriate
drive to run whichever.
LILO runs well when i plug the Mandrake drive
in by itself, but if both drives are running,
win98 loads first.
Is it possible for LILO (or any other software)
to detect operating systems on seperate drives?
or should i just get a bigger HDD and use partitioning?
All suggestions are appreciated.
Cheers-
ph4e

19 Feb 2002 16:27 tgelmer

How does a newbie install and configure LILO 22.2
I am extremely new to linux. I have installed but have not successfully booted red hat 7.1 from other than a boot disk. Are there some detailed instructions on how to install this new version of LILO and get it to work? I am trying to dual boot with Win2K. I have the entry in the Win2k bootloader to list Linux, but it fails when I select linux to boot. I do not have linux installed below the 1024 cylinder mark. I wasn't able to do so. I need instructions in easy to understand English. Is this the best place to get linux help or is there a better place? Thanks, Tom

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