BT3 boot hangs, screen just says L 07 07 07 07..and so on
I remember when installing lilo I had a few warnings such as
Warning: the boot sector and map files are on different disks
I also remember I got one that went something like
Warning: LBA32 location assumed
or something like that
also when it booted, it used to say L 99 99 99 99 99 and so on but now it's 07 07 07
I'm runnign the liveCD and tried to edit my lilo configuration, and after editing it and running lilo -v and everything, it still won't boot.
Any way to manually fix this before I go ahead and format and reinstall it? that's kind of a last resort (cause it takes time)
i went and checked and lilo.conf saved on my hard disk when I rewrote it to get vista running, too (read the thread on it)
maybe somethings wrong with the boot sector?
I had the same problem of the 99 99 ... 99. I was dualing booting with Vista and bt2 (not bt3, but probably the same fix might work.) I booted up my laptop with the Vista installation dvd. When it first boots, it will ask you if you want to install vista or fix/repair a windows installation. I picked fix/repair windows. It eventually finds the windows partition and then re-creates the master boot records stuff so that windows will boot up. After this fix is completed, then boot up bt3 with the cd. Start the installation to hard drive, in the gui, I filled in the required information and Restore Original MBR after lilo = do not "check" this box. It will rewrite the mbr, but then you can nano /etc/lilo.conf.
Originally Posted by unlazyfree
if you boot off a live cd or usb stick and reinstall the MBR with correct settings it should be fine. happened to me a couple times. your windows and bt3 instilations are still there and fine
Can you explain how to, "reinstall the MBR with correct settings ..." ?
Originally Posted by ats1080
yeah, I'd like it too. I've tried reinstalling lilo and wasn't able to.
Originally Posted by sylvestor2002
I think my problem is I'm using a live cd, and not in any hard drive installed OS.
Also I booted into vista, and used vistas boot editing program, but it wouldn't let me change the file system from c to boot with linux (hard to explain but it was some stupid error the program had).
And I tried installing grub as a last resort and even that failed.
is there something i can do to easily write lilo to the mbr from the bt3 live cd? bt3 is installed on my hd but I can't load it until lilo is installed. When installing bt3 originally, it hung for like 30 minutes on 100% but it said it was still writing the mbr so I figured I could just install it myself from the live cd. i hope i wasn't wrong
nevermind i just reinstalled everything and it works fine now.
well, i guess first ting is to ask if youre trying to do a dual boot or not. if youre not, its pretty simple. when you run the installer on the live cd just check the checkbox that says replace existing MBR. if youre dualbooting let me know and ill type up how i did it.