Hello to all,
I've been trying to install RH7.1 on my freshly bought computer with
two 40g hardisks (Samsung SV4002H and Seagate ST340823A) with very bad
success... I have w2k and w98 both installed on my first disk (on the
first partition, i.e. /dev/hda1) and I've been trying to install Linux
on the second. The installation process itself goes alright but after
I restart my computer LILO always hangs at LI.
I've done lot of studying about the meaning of this error and tried
all the regular solutions to fix it, but nothing seems to work. I've
tried with and without the "linear" option on my lilo.conf, no change,
I've tried with the lba32 option, I've tried to explicitely tell lilo
the locations and geometries of my hard drives, etc. Always with the
same result: LILO prints only LI and then nothing.
I've also tried all the above mentioned options with different BIOS
settings; enabling/disabling LBA, with and without 32k support, etc.
etc. etc. Still doesn't help. Also my BIOS shouldn't be too buggy
since the version is from last Dec (AMIBIOS 1.21.06, Dec 13th, 2001).
I also tried this wicked method of making the w2k boot manager to load
lilo (from /dev/hdb1) to boot my linux (see
http://www.enterprisedt.com/publications/dual_boot.html for further
info). As I try this method to load linux nothing happens, all I get
is a black screen. So no use...
I'm aware of the fact that every time I change lilo.conf I have to
execute the lilo command to activate the new settings, so that doesn't
explain why the changes won't work. Also lilo -v 3 doesn't give me any
extra hints about why the lilo hangs.
I also tried to install lilo on the MBR of my second hd (/dev/hdb) and
then boot from there: the result is the same, lilo hangs at LI.
After getting totally pissed off with lilo I installed GRUB and tried
to use it to load Linux. It didn't work either, all I got was an error
In all of these scenarios my /boot partition has been located in
/dev/hdb1 and it definitely is below 1024 sylider limit (as I guess it
So does anybody have any idea of what other tricks there still might
be left to make my system work? At the moment I start to be pretty fed
up with the whole linux.... however, I would need it to do some
"serious" work on my pc, too. The only way to get in to linux for me,
seems to be by using a boot floppy but I hate to use it every time I
want to use linux. I know I could still try to install linux
completely on hda but I wouldn't want that, since this would lead to a
need to rearrange the files in my hd:s in a big way and possibly to
reinstall w2k and w98.
Thanks in advance for any help you can give to me with this subject,