> Posted the message 'boot problem' earlier.
> Tried the following:
> Made sure I could boot up with floppy.
> Boot up into MDK with boot floppy went great.
> Reconnected /dev/hda - 16G HD.
> Booted up with DOS boot disk.
> Ran 'fdisk /mbr.
> Then booted up into W98.
> So, I got W98 back.
> However, can not boot up into MDK now using floppy.
> Error message says /dev/hdd not ready or something similar.
> Sorry, I'm in W98 now and can't get the exact error message.
> Any idea on how to solve this problem?
> The sys has two HD's.
> A 16G and 30G
> W98 was on 16G and had been for some time.
> Installed MDK8.0 on 30G.
> At boot up, 'LO' filled the screen in a loop.
> Then there was nothing, no W98 or MDK.
> I know, or think, the mbr of the 16G is corrupt.
> I disconnected the 16G cable and reinstalled MDK.
> It is working fine.
> Now, how do I get W98 back and run dual boot?
> Or, can I get W98 back and boot up to MDK using a floppy?
> If I am able to fix the mbr using the W98 CD, will MDK be
> there? If not, can I boot up to it using a floppy?
Disk drives for linux are lettered as follows:
First cable on conroller 0
drive 1 /dev/hda Master
drive 2 /dev/hdb Slave
Second cable on conroller 1
drive 3 /dev/hdc Master
drive 4 /dev/hdd Slave
So if I misunderstand you correctly, you unplugged a disk
did the linux thing, installed the old drive. That would cause
the drive letters to change. Now linux cannot find where it was.
You can boot cd 1 mandrake and get into the rescue mode
find the new drive letter where linux is and change
the /etc/lilo.conf and /etc/fstab to match the new drive letters
where linux lives. You then have to install the lilo conf changes.
You might make a Rescue diskette:
Ok, you booted diskette or cd 1 in rescue mode
Change hda5 to your / partition location
mount /dev/hda5 /mnt
Made changes in /etc/lilo.conf and /etc/fstab
/sbin/lilo -v to install changes.
The warranty and liability expired as you read this message.
If the above breaks your system, it's yours and you keep both pieces.
Practice safe computing. Backup the file before you change it.
Do a, man command_here or cat command_here, before using it.