I have been mucking around with my RH 7.1 system (probably too much). I
have Windows NT4 in partition hdc1 and a RH installation on hde5 (root)
to hde9. Normally I run NT in vmware under linux. To boot the system, I
have generally used the NT boot loader (which installed itself with NT
way back when), and added a selection for linux which brought up lilo
installed at hde5. This setup permitted me also to boot directly into
NT4 from a startup (from the NT boot loader).
Now I have a problem. During attempts to upgrade to RH 7.2, I have lost
the NT boot loader. Whenever attempt to start up NT (either from a cold
boot or under vmware under linux), the familiar "LI" characters appear
on a blank screen, and the system goes nowhere. I have played around
trying to uninstall lilo (lilo -U) using a lilo.conf directed to hde5 or
hda1, and nothing I do seems to prevent the hangup on "LI". After
uninstalling lilo from hda1 with lilo -v -U (lilo.conf leadoff line,
boot=/dev/hda1), I get the message:
LILO version 21.4-4, Copyright (C) 1992-1998 Werner Almesberger
'lba32' extensions Copyright (C) 1999,2000 John Coffman
Reading boot sector from /dev/hda1
Fatal: Boot sector of /dev/hda1 doesn't have a LILO signature
Therefore, lilo apparently isn't on hda1. Nevertheless, the troublesome
"LI" hang still occurs when I attempt to boot from hda1.
I have even tried freshly installing NT to that partition with or
without formatting it first. The installation goes fine until the
install program asks for a reboot, and you guessed it: "LI".
I even reformatted disk c: (hda1) using a win98 rescue disk using format
/S. This procedure appeared to work, but upon attempted reboot from C:
(cold boot), "LI" appears again.
HOW DO I GET RID OF LILO (to install it again, correctly of course)?