LILO won't load win95!

LILO won't load win95!

Post by Jed Rog » Sun, 14 Jul 1996 04:00:00


We are trying to install the Caldera Red Hat distribution.  Here is the

1.2Gb on primary ide (2 partitions: 50M linux swap, remainder linux
1.6Gb on secondary ide  (2 partitions: 50M dos {for LILO}, remainder

IT WORKED FINE!!!  I was able to boot both OS's.  BUT, after I tried to
enable the swap partition with "mkswap", I could no longer boot into
win95 via the DOS partition.  LILO will still let me load linux, but
when I choose DOS, it says "loading DOS" and hangs.

We installed lilo in the boot sector of the 1.2 Gb drive.  I
have tried rerunning LILO- no luck.  It says linux and DOS added, but still
doesn't work.  If only the DOS/win95 disk is on the primary controller, the
machine will boot DOS (but doesn't automatically run win95, as it did
before).  "fdisk" shows the appropriate partitions as bootable.

Any ideas would be GREATLY appreciated!

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LILO won't load win95!

Post by Hans Georg Schaath » Thu, 18 Jul 1996 04:00:00

: Any ideas would be GREATLY appreciated!

My idea - after having failed some multiboot installations,
is that DOS/Win95 always seeks their system files on the active
boot partition on Primary Master - but still wish to hear other
experiences that can confirm or contradict it...

I am a bit uncertain if I really have understood how your system is;
for instance, I could not understand why you had a DOS partition for
LiLo. Did you say that both partitions on the second drive were active
boot partitions ?

:-- Hans Georg

student at Universitas Bergensis |

Lady Fortuna is the protector of Capitalism,
please help unfolding Lady Justitia.


1. Lilo won't load os/2, os/2 won't load lilo

I'm having some problems getting OS/2 Warp, Dos/Windoze, and Linux to
cohabitate on the same machine.

When I set up lilo with another os (being os/2) I can boot from the drive
where the os/2 boot manager is, and it does indeed load an operating system
that isn't linux, but its not os/2 either.  It loads dos.  The drive
structure is such:

1'st IDE drive: WD 540 meg, formatted ext2fs, linux, lilo on MBR
2'nd IDE drive: WD 540 meg, 1'st partiton 1 meg with os/2 boot manager, 2'nd
                partition is DOS/Windoze, formatted FAT
3'rd IDE drive: WD 340 meg, formatted hpfs, os/2 warp, no boot manager
Linux:          Slackware 2.0, patched kernel to 1.1.38 (where the drives
                actualy work for the first time with no BIOS adjustments!)
Other Problem
causing toys:   Mitsumi CDROM, Colorado 250MB tape (I stopped posting about
                that one long ago :(, 2 floppies, Soundblaster 16 compatible
                sound card, SMC Elite combo ethernet card (8013EC or ~)

So LILO seems to skip right over the partition with os/2's boot manager and
loads up DOS.  Despite the fact that i specified in my lilo.conf for the
os/2_db (spelling) loader to use /dev/hdb1, and that dos is on hdb2.

I've tried putting the other 540 meg drive first, and using OS/2's boot
manager to load everything.  But the fdisk setup program for os/2's boot
manager refuses to believe that there is an operting system on the linux
drive, and it won't let me set up a boot manager option to load it.   :(

I've also tried a utility I picked up from a sunsite cd; setboot.  This is
supposed to pick a boot manager to use on reboot from among different drives
and partition.  It can't seem to find ANY boot managers though, not even the
one that LInux is using!  (damn thing)

On a side note I can't get LInux to read my third drive.  I used the
MAKEDEV script to build the device drivers for the third drive (hd1a)
but Linux just gives that annoying useless drive busy, wrong fs type, or
some other error when I try to access it from anything like mount or fdisk.
This seems to hold true whether the third drive is the DOS drive or the HPFS
one.  DOS/WINDOZE/OS/2 can all see this drive fine though....
Perhaps this is a problem with Enhanced IDE controllers on PCI buses?

Well, I'll stop here.  :)  
If I can get all that to work, I'll be a very happy camper for a few days
until I start tinkering with other stuff.  I seem to enjoy setting up
odd things much more than I do using them anyhow.   ;>

-Steve Rojem

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