> Strictly speaking, I guess this is not a LINUX problem, but I was
> hoping someone might be able to help me, or point me in the right
> I recently purchased a used computer at an auction which I found out
> had been running LINUX (actually, according to LILO it was running
> three versions of LINUX, but that's another story). When I tried to
> boot it, I was getting a number of error messages which I believe had
> to do with the fact that it was no longer part of the network it has
> been a server for. Since I didn't think I knew enough about LINUX to
> troubleshoot all these problems, and I didn't have the passwords
> required to change anything on the system if I could, I decided to
> boot from a floppy, format the hard drives, install Windows (which I'm
> more familiar with) and then add LINUX later in a manner without such
> a steep learning curve.
> All was going well until I'd installed DOS and tried to boot to it, at
> which point I still reached the LILO prompt, which would then hang me
> up no matter which choice I made, since none of the files were there
> I'm guessing this means LILO is installed in the master boot record
> and DOS format isn't clearing it, so I was hoping someone could
> suggest a way I could clear that out. Preferable without completely
> formatting the drive again, but at this point I'll accept any
> Thanks in advance!
> Also, since I'll need to reinstall LINUX when this is all over, if
> someone can give me a pointer to some info on setting up LINUX as a
> secondary operating system, I'd appreciate it.
I rather suspect that the only way to fix your probem, without acquiring
any additional software, is to create or get hold of a DOS boot disk. The
boot disk should contain the 'fdisk' and 'format' programs.
Use fdisk to delete any and all partitions on the drive. Having done this,
create a new primary DOS partition, make it bootable and format it with
the 'format /s' command.
The disk should now boot into DOS.
You can now load up all your DOS and WIN files as required.
If you have only used part of the drive for DOS/WIN, you should be able to
use the remainder for Linux (with LILO once again controlling the boot
Hope this helps,