please help - lost LILO, LILO lost

please help - lost LILO, LILO lost

Post by J H Ki » Sun, 12 Jan 1997 04:00:00


i recently brought my linux system down by doing some stupid thing.
i went as far as having no choice but to reset the system a few
times. after that, i tried booting win95 (sorry this beast coexists
on my hard drives). upon getting the wallpaper on screen, the screen
went blank and there was no response. then i rebooted the computer
and this time the lilo prompt was changed from "LILO: " to "LI"
and the system hung. i had no emergency boot disks ready (it was
under work at that time) but i did have a boot disk for win95 and so
i got the dos prompt with that. however, many directories were
not readable, one of which contained a comm program that i needed to
use. i turned to my good old 386, made a rescue disk and somehow
managed to get into linux again. now everythings works fine under
linux with booting from a floppy but i can't figure out how i could
fix the supposedly damaged MBR. i tried restoring the old MBR by
'lilo -u' and 'dd if=/boot/boot.0300 of=/dev/hda bs=446 count=1'
and reinstall lilo but it didn't work. by restoring the old mbr,
i get a message like 'insert system disk' or something, and by
reinstalling it, i get the "LI" prompt again. the lilo.conf file
is as follows.

# timeout=600

i still can mount win95 filesystems and i think everything is readable,
if that matters. help, anyone please?

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1. Please Help: Lost Win95 OSRII after wrong LILO installation


Yesterday I wanted to migrate my second HD with Linux to another computer.
I changed the configuration as much as possible on the orginal PC and
wanted to put the HD in the other one and go on with the installation.

To do that, I reconfigured LILO and wrote LILO to the HD.  Here's my
mistake.. instead of writing it to the superblock of the partition, it
was installed to my first HD.  Since I didn't include any other partitions
but Linux in LILO, I couldn't start my OS/2 bootmanager or DOS/win95/NT.  

I did an FDISK /MBR, which worked fine, but rearranged my drive letters.
I reconfigured them using NT's Disk Administrator.  Somehow I must have
made a mistake:

- Although my NT has a FAT32 driver installed, it doesn't recognise the
  OSRII Partition

- OSR II's  fdisk even says the first fat32 partition is 'non-dos'

- after I choose 'win95" in the bootmanager, win95 asks for the location
  of and refuses to go on.

- the win95-partition has no drive letter assigned anymore, and I can't
  assign a new one, since Disk Manager for NT doesn't recognise the

- Booting in DOS with a floppy automatically assignes C: to a FAT16
  partition on the end   of the drive used for data.

- DOS's FDISK also says the FAT16 is C:

My only copy of Partition Quest Magic is on the affected OSRII

Can I revive this partition, and if so how?  Please Help me, because I
don't have the time to install the whole thing all over again...

Thank you very much for your help.

Best Regards


Wim Borgers
Member & Co-System Administrator of LISA
(Limburg Internet Student Association)

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