> > >>i am not sure if i need to put LILO on /dev/hda1 (since that is what is
> > >>currently booting) or /dev/hda2 (my future linux partition).
> > >No, don't put LILO on '/dev/hda1' (your Win95 partition). To do so
> > >would wipe out that partition. Put it on '/dev/hda2' (your linux
> > >root partition). Then (after installing linux) use fdisk to make the
> > >linux partition the active partition.
> > Huh? LILO don't go *on* a partition, it goes on the Master Boot
> > Record, and effectively selects which partition to boot from. It only
> > doesnt go on the first MBR if you're using an OS (like NT or OS/2)
> > which requires its own boot program to be on the first MBR.
> installing to the MBR is best. It's easy, too. If you've already installed, then
I think putting LILO on /dev/hda2 is better, both conceptually and for
and ease of mind. It means everything Linux related is living on
a Linux partition. Mostly, when I am setting up Linux I like to have the
fuzzy feeling that in the worst case scenario I can still simply boot
DOS floppy and use fdisk to reset the bootable partition and still have
that boots. (Considering what it boots into, perhaps that should be a
feeling".) If you ever want to sell your computer to an Infidel,
is very easy. (DOS can restore the MBR, but I don't off hand remember
If your MS-weenie brother in law is coming to house-sit for 2 weeks, a
with fdisk means he will never be baffled by the LILO prompt, and a few
suffice to reverse the change when you return.
Also, should you ever add NT or OS/2 to your system it might be easier
doesn't get overwritten. (Not having tried this, I'm uncertain if this
Basically, some OSes are sufficiently anti-social that they claim the
There is no reason for Linux to be rude to. Don't mess with the MBR if
don't have to.
However, the answer to the original posters question is: LILO can go
either on MBR (/dev/hda) or /dev/hda2. It makes no difference to normal
which option you use.