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when LILO starts to boot linux, I ghet an error message saying, "BIOS32 extension does not exist. Sorry, this release still depends on it!"
This prevents me from booting linux.
Any suggestions?
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Question by:ramati
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by:shlomoy
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LILO must be installed on your MBR (master boot record), on a floppy disk or the first sector if your Linux partition. if you have an IDE drive, it must be located before the 540MB limit; if you have an SCSI drive, it must be lower than cylinder 1024. Is your LILO installed in the proper location?
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This message is printed by a SCSI driver which is compiled in your default kernel and is benigh as you don't have that SCSI controller.
Most drivers don't print any message when they fail detecting the hardware.
It looks as if your kernel is locking when probing for some other hardware, but I can't tell which one. you should try to remove any strange ISA device installed in your system, then compile your own kernel, leaving out everything of no interest to you.

Note that most modern distributions use modules for each device driver in order to avoid probing for uninstalled peripherals.
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by:ramati
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it worked!
recompiling without the unecessary stuff.

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by:ramati
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now - how do I grant you your points?
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shlomoy earned 800 total points
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try again :-)
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10q.
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