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How to Backout of a Linux installation

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I have two hds. Linux boots of the secondary master, and
windows 95 boots off the the primary master. I re-formated
the secondary master to delete linux. Unfortunately I forgot about LILO and it persisted. Now I cant even boot at all.
After the BIOS is loaded, the screen gets stuck at a

LI

whereas it used to say LILO and after a 5 sec timeout it used to default to WIndows 95.

It seems that there is something wrong in the master boot
partition. I had a system startup disk for win95 and I was
able to boot from that to drive A: After that it does'nt
recognize any of my other drives, although they do show up in fdisk.

How do I eliminate this problem so that the system cleanly
boots to windows 95 ???
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by:bjacobs
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fdisk /mbr
This will rebuild your master boot record.
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by:tayub
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fdisk /mbr did not help. After doing that I cannot boot.
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Did you set a partition active with fdisk?
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by:tayub
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When booting from my primary hdd after doing an fdisk /mbr
I get the following:

(Approx syntax)

Specify system path (eg c:\windows\command\command.com)
A>

And then it sits there.

Maybe I should put this in the windows\hardware forum..
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csprague earned 100 total points
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i had that EXACT problem before.... it happens when you change some of the parameters in LILO, and there is an error in them. LILO is sensitive to things like that. since you cant get to linux without lilo i would suggest using your emergency root disk to get to your partition and use 'make' to get LILO the way it before. if you did not  change LILO at all, you might want to try reinstalling Linux, and dont format the partition which has your data on it, and dont install any packages. this way you can install LILO the way you want it without knowing anything about 'build' or 'make'.
good luck, linux is a pain.
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by:csprague
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keep in mind this person is using LINUX, dont suggest FDISK. FDISK is a DOS and WIN95 exclusive program.
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by:luteijn
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Ehm, Not really.
He's done using linux, and wants to get win95 to boot again.
He has removed all his linux stuff, except for the first stage
of LILO. Perhaps it's not installed in the master boot record,
where it is usually. (since fdisk /mbr didn't work..)
How about giving us some more information, fdisks output for example.. I think you haven't made the correct partition active,
or soemthing like that...
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by:bjacobs
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Did you type in the path to where command.com is located on your C drive?
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