> I've got an old P75 box that i'm trying to install SuSE 6.2 on (got the
> disk with an old copy of learn Linux in 24 hours book). The box has a
> 850 MB hd primary (win95, Fat 16) with a 3.5 GB slave (partitioned as
> follows: 2 GB Linux Primary, 145 MB linux swap, 1.3 GB dos). I tried
> installing SuSE and seriously hosed the computer with a bad LILO install
> (got the dreaded L 101010101... message). after completely resetting
> the computer, i tried again, this time bypassing LILO (once burned,
> twice shy). Everything seemed to load ok.
You probably have an old BIOS which cannot access the slave. A P75 is
likely to have one. I got this on a P133 when I tried to do something
similar and that was the cause.
Quote:> I'm very reluctant to set up LILO again and am looking for alternatives
> for starting Linux. I found info on Loadlin and am considering that (is
> there a performance hit for running Loadlin once Win95 is running?).
> I'm able to boot to Linux using the floppy, but am not sure how much the
> system, once booted, is relying on the boot floppy (thereby slowing the
> system down). i've not looked at GRUB, but am shy about touching the
> MBR again (that's not to say that i wouldn't try it if it's the best
> way). is there any other method that i don't know about?
If you can shrink the Windows partition on the master by about 20MB you
can put a small /boot partition on there, which will enable LILO to
boot. The rest of Linux can go on the slave, the BIOS only needs to be
able to access the second stage boot loader and kernel which are in
Booting via either loadlin or a floppy is not going to cause any
performance problem once the boot process is complete. Both will make
booting a bit slower (especially the floppy). In both cases you are just
loading the kernel into memory, and once it's loaded it's there for the
duration. If you boot off floppy, you can remove it once the system has
started, thus proving it doesn't access it. IBM actually ship some PCs
which boot into PC-DOS, run loadlin and switch to Linux. I don't know
why, but they work fine.
I would be reluctant to rely on booting off floppy, as floppies are
notoriously prone to degrading with time. If you do continue with this,
ensure that you have more than one.
BTW on a PC with Windows, you can repair a broken MBR by booting a
DOS/Windows rescue floppy and "fdisk /mbr". This puts the standard
minimal DOS bootloader which just boots from the "active" partition on
the first hard disk back. There is no need to reinstall everything after
a LILO disaster.