I may have damaged and Master Boot Record of my drive,
which seems to be causing LILO not to work anymore.
I get the "L 80 80 80 80 ..." error message when I try
to use LILO to boot my system.
I booted-up from a floppy and then I tried to uninstall
LILO using "lilo -u", but got an error message saying
that the "Time stamp in boot sector of /dev/hda differs
from date of /boot/boot.0300. Try using -U option if
you know what you are doing". Of course, since I do NOT
know what I'm doing, I DID try the -U option.
NOTE: At the time I did not have a Win95 boot-up floppy,
so I couldn't boot up in Win95 to then run fdisk /mbr to
restore the old MBR.
One detail I noticed is that when I boot up Linux from a
boot: mount root=/dev/hdb1 ro
I do get ALL filesystems mounted. but I noticed that hdb
and hdc have a cache of 128k, while hda as a cache of 0k
(yes, zero), according to the on-screen messages on boot-up.
Any clues on what's going on?