lilo--problems installing redhat 5.2

lilo--problems installing redhat 5.2

Post by paul de palm » Wed, 20 Jan 1999 04:00:00

I am upgrading to redhad 5.2.  I have a lab full of dual-boot machines
with NT on partition 3.  This works fine with redhat 4.2.  When I try to

install 5.2, however, the installer will not install lilo--the final
step in the installation process.  I've tried clearing out the MBR with
dos' fdisk /mbr. The amazing thing, to me anyway, is that this problem
happens only on
four machines.  These machines are identical to those in which I was
able to load lilo successfully.


Paul De Palma
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
Gonzaga University
Spokane, WA 99258-0043
fax: 509.323.5718


1. Problem installing RH 5.2, lilo won't install

Hi there,
        I was trying to install RH 5.2 on my system. The
installation process runs smoothly until it reach the stage
where lilo is to be installed. I tried to boot from floppy
and install lilo manually, but it fails as well. Id be glad
if anybody out there could give me a hand. Here is the

        I have 3 HDs attached to my Promise Ultra33 PCI
controller and I intended to install RH 5.2 on the extended
partition of HD 3 (10G). Ive read those limitations on lilo,
yet I think the system commander in my MBS may be able
to boot it, so I gave it a try. It turn out that Disk Druid was
unable to mount the root on HD3 and Ive to use fdisk to
do the partitioning as follows :

hdf1 : primary (about 7G,fat32) #this one was done with dos
hdf2 : extended
hdf5 : 256Mb (linux native)  #root
hdf6 : 127Mb (linux swap)
hdf7 : 2Gb (linux native)  #/usr

The installation runs smoothly until it comes to the point
where I select to install lilo on my root partition. It keeps
failing so I restart with my installation disk, hope I could
get lilo installed manually. I start with the following
parameters :
vmlinuz root=/dev/hdf5

When Ive login as root and execute /sbin/lilo, the following
error message was displayed and lilo quit itself :
Sorry, unable to handle device 0x???? (I forgot the no. here)

Then I found a script in /usr/doc/lilo named QuickInst so
I gave that a try. A message stating somthing like :
activate was not found, run the script in your lilo source
directory is displayed but it let me continue. However,
when I typed /dev/hdf5 to store lilo on, it tells me that
it is not a valid device.......

Ive tried -b /dev/hdf5 with lilo and got the same result.
Thinking that it may really be a problem of HD3, I repeat
the installation with my HD2 (roughly the same partitioning)
and the problem repeat itself as well... And this time, whats
worse is, Win98 seems to have problem with partitions in HD 3
as I cant format the logical drives in HD 3s extended partition
(cant write to partition table, sth like that). After deleting all
linux partition on HD 2, HD 3 works flawlessly...

        I will be much appreciated if anyone out there can help
me out or point me to any resource that may be useful.

Best Regards,

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