I don't know what happened, but ...
if the only problem is to make a new install of LILO (and not guessing
any MBR's) then try to boot the Linux system. This can be done with the
'loadlin' program (should be started from your Win98 in DOS-mode).
Here's an article on 'loadlin':
and here's the homepage (with a download section) here:
There's another way: I don't know about Redhat, but SuSE (another
distribution) has a feature on their install CD so that you can boot an
allready installed system by booting the install-CD and selecting 'Boot
an allready installed system'.
Once the system is booted I'm sure Redhat has a tool to take care of the
lilo-configuration. Anyway: some systems keeps a file "/etc/lilo.conf"
with the running LILO-configuration. This, among "/etc/fstab", could
give you some ideas about the previous configuration. If you have the
"/etc/lilo.conf" file you might be able to reinstall lilo with the
There is, however, still a problem: How will Win98 react to your LILO?
Microsoft has been pretty successfull in making their OS'es incompatible
with other boot-managers. The safe way is to either install 'loadlin' or
to create a boot-disk.
> if anyone knows of a solution I'd like to hear it.
> I have (had) a dual boot (with lilo) redhat, win95 and thought I'd
> finally upgrade to win98.
> I stupidly forgot to make a bootdisk.
> I thought I lost the original MBR, but when I scan the disk with NAV
> 2000 it says I have 2 MBRs.
> Can I recover and edit the MBR from windows to restore the lilo
> If I'm screwed, I'll just do another clean install of redhat, but I'd
> really like to know if there's any hope of recovery first.
> any information would be great