Well, I've beat my head *y against the wall all afternoon trying to
figure this one out for myself. Lilo hangs at boot with the letters LI on
the screen. I've done a lot of reading so I think I have a fairly good idea
of why this is happening. Yet, I still can't fix it.
* I'm working from a RedHat 7.1 distribution.
* My computer is a new dual-P3 running Via's Apollo Pro 266 chipset with a
brand spanking new IBM 60 G hard drive.
* Any number of times I try running lilo from the command prompt there are
never any messages that would leave me to believe that there are any
problems (or disk geometry problems, for that matter).
* Because it seems to have solved so many other's problems, I've tried all
permutations of defining my drive geometry in lilo.conf with and without
'linear'. Although it seems that 'linear' pre-empts the need for drive
geometry. I've tried using the geometry on the drive as well as that
reported by fdisk from my rescue disk (both physical of 29437/16/255 and
* I've tried monkeying with the size of the /boot partition from its
original size of 200M to a much smaller 32M. Same problem.
* I've reinstalled the OS (yes, I know this is a crappy windows technique)
using my own partitions and the autoselected partitions but nothing has
* I tried playing around with rdev but don't really know what I'm doing. It
hasn't affected things in any way. (but, as I said, I don't really have a
clue what's going on here.)
Can anyone give me some pointers of things that I haven't yet tried that I
should look into? How can I coorce Lilo into giving me some more usefull
error/warning messages? What drive geometry *should* I be using? Does it
matter with 'linear' in lilo.conf? Is there anything about my configuration
that might give problems?
Thanks in advance,